Lady Bull­dogs lose by three in close con­test at Watts

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECK­ELS meck­[email protected]

WATTS, Okla. — In a re­ver­sal of for­tune, the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs found them­selves on the los­ing end of a close basketball con­test when the team trav­eled to Watts, Okla., Dec. 18, for the sec­ond non-con­fer­ence matchup against the Lady En­gi­neers in the Watts High School gym.

The last time these two teams met was at Peter­son Gym in De­catur Nov. 13. In that con­test, the Lady En­gi­neers lost to a stronger and more ag­gres­sive Lady Bull­dog team by 40 points. This lat­est con­test ended much closer than the ear­lier meet­ing, with Watts tak­ing the vic­tory by three.

The Lady En­gi­neers hit the court with a vengeance and put up the first two points 15 sec­onds into the con­test. The Lady Bull­dogs an­swered with a two pointer 15 sec­ond later. From that point, Watts be­gan build­ing its lead, pulling out ahead of De­catur by as much as five to­wards the end of the first quar­ter.

Watts con­tin­ued to widen its lead by as much as 10 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. A late run by the Lady Bull­dogs brought De­catur to within four points by the half­time break.

At the six-minute mark in the third quar­ter, the Lady Bull­dog pulled ahead of the Lady En­gi­neers by one. But this mo­ment of glory was brief be­cause, on the next Watts pos­ses­sion, the Lady En­gi­neers re­cap­tured the lead. Watts built a sev­en­point lead go­ing into the fi­nal eight min­utes of the con­test.

Just as it looked like the De­catur was out of the con­test, a late run pulled the Lady Bull­dogs to within one with a minute left. But the Watts Lady En­gi­neers poured on the coals and held on to de­feat the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs, 48-45, in a hard-fought con­test by both sides.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECK­ELS

Lady Bull­dogs Sam­mie Sk­aggs (left), Paige Vann and Kaylee Mo­rales sur­round a Lady En­gi­neer player try­ing to get to the bas­ket dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of the Watts-De­catur basketball game in the high school gym at Watts, Okla., Dec. 18.

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