Lady Bull­dogs fall to Lady Tigers in South­ern Mis­souri con­test

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

EX­ETER (Mo.) — The De­catur Lady Bull­dogs strug­gled to get their game plan go­ing Dec. 20 when they trav­eled to Ex­eter, Mo., to take on the Lady Tigers in the fi­nal bas­ket­ball game of 2018. When the dust set­tled, the Lady Bull­dogs found them­selves on the los­ing end of the con­test by 13 points.

The first quar­ter got off to a slug­gish start. Nei­ther team played par­tic­u­larly well in the shoot­ing de­part­ment. The quar­ter was score­less for nearly 90 sec­onds un­til Ex­eter hit a two-pointer for the early lead. Thirty sec­onds later, Sam­mie Sk­aggs hit a free throw, putting the Lady Bull­dogs on the score­board for the first time. Half­way through the quar­ter, the Lady Tigers found the bas­ket and be­gan pulling away from De­catur. By the end of the first quar­ter, Ex­eter had es­tab­lished a firm eight-point lead over De­catur.

The Lady Bull­dogs tried to make up ground on the Lady Tigers but did not over­come the eight-point deficit. And this was as close as De­catur would get to Ex­eter in the first half be­cause the Lady Tigers went on a run that nearly dou­bled their lead. By half­time, the Lady Tigers held a 17 point ad­van­tage over the Lady Bull­dogs.

De­catur kicked into over­drive dur­ing the third quar­ter, hold­ing Ex­eter to only two points for eight min­utes. But while play­ing well on the de­fen­sive side of the con­test, the Lady Bull­dogs were only able to cut into Ex­eter’s lead by two. The Lady Tigers went into the fi­nal eight min­utes of the con­test still up by six.

The Ex­eter Lady Tigers went on a run late in the fi­nal quar­ter to de­feat the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs, 48-35.

The De­catur Lady Bull­dogs open the sec­ond half of the sea­son on the road when they travel to Cen­ter­ton to face the Life Way Lady War­riors at Life Way High School Jan. 8 in a 6 p.m. con­test.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Sam­mie Sk­aggs (De­catur 24) gains con­trol of the open­ing tip-off dur­ing the De­catur-Ex­eter girls’ bas­ket­ball con­test in the main gym at Ex­eter High School in Mis­souri Dec. 20. The Lady Tigers handed the Lady Bull­dogs yet an­other loss, 46-35, to end the 2018 por­tion of the bas­ket­ball sea­son.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

With Abby Til­ley (De­catur 23) cut­ting off her es­cape route, Ju­lia Grant (Ex­eter 15) tries to put up a shot from out­side the lane as Annabelle Schop­per (De­catur 15, left) blocks dur­ing the first quar­ter of the Lady Bull­dogsLady Tigers bas­ket­ball game in Ex­eter Dec. 20.

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