By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
It did not start great, nor was the finish great for the Hooker Lady Bulldogs. But everything in between was good, in a 39-29 win over the Stratford Lady Elks as Hooker improved their record heading into the Christmas break to 8-2.
Hooker started the game by falling in a 6-0 hole. They bounced back, and led 9-6 by the end of the first quarter, and 20-11 at the half.
“To start the game off we were down, and really not playing well,” said Hooker coach Ray Kennedy. “But defensively, we only gave up 29 tonight. That will win a lot of games.”
The third was played pretty evenly with Hooker increasing their lead by one to 29-19. Hooker increased the lead again early in the fourth, but 1 of 8 shooting from the free throw line allowed Stratford to cut the lead back to ten. But a big three by Brittney Bergner, her only points of the night, sealed the deal for the Lady Bulldogs who went on to win by ten.
Kennedy likes a lot of things he sees in his team as they head to the break.
“I like where we are at,” said Kennedy. “We are 8-2, and had opportunities to when the two that we lost. We got beat by one at Texhoma, and were tied at the Hugoton tournament in final minute when we lost by four. I like how our scoring is really balanced. We’ve got several people scoring, and not necessarily the same one scoring every night. We don’t have one girl doing it all.”
Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Kyra Cathcart with 10, Dana Jiminez scored 9, Jade Cathcart 8, and Shania Miller 7.