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By Mike Williamson – mwillie3@hotmail.com

After the most successful season in Chelsea girls’ basketball history, the Bulldogs big question for the 2019/2020 season is whether they will be rebuilding a new team or reloading and keep things rolling right along.

The Bulldogs graduated nine seniors including four starters from last years squad.

They return just two seniors and four total players from the team that made school history by winning its first regional title before falling by two points in the Division 2 quarterfinals to Haslett. The Bulldogs also have several players moving op from the JV squad that went 16-3 in 2018/19.

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If the opener is any indication of what is to come for the Bulldogs, then they are leaning toward reloading this years team as Chelsea pulled away from Marshall and rolled to a 49-29 win Tuesday night.

The McCalla sisters (Emily and Megan)ll helped get the Bulldogs off on the right foot as they combined for eight of the 11 Bulldogs first quarter points as the teams were tied at 11 after one.

Megan McCalla continued her hot shooting in the second quarter with six more points, giving her 11 for the half as Chelsea built a 26-19 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs defense locked down in the third allowing the Redhawks just five points in the quarter.

Senior Riley Davis, who recently signed her letter of intent to play college ball at Wayne State, caught fire in the third quarter by scoring all 11 of the Bulldogs points a the lead grew to 37-24.

Riley Davis scored 11 third quarter points to help Chelsea pull away from Marshall. Photo by Dawn Miller

The defense did the rest as they held Marshall to ten points in the second half as CHelsea pulled away for the 20 point opening night win.

Megan McCalla, just a freshman, led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Emily McCalla finished with nine.

Davis finished with 11 points, followed by senior Kiersten Anstead with six. Jessica Emmert and Morgan Majeske finished with four each, and Grace Lane two.

The Bulldogs will return to action Friday night when they host Dearborn Divine Child at 7:00 PM.

Photos by Dawn Miller

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