By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
When these two teams first met at the beginning of the season it was a tight four-point contest after three quarters. The Bulldogs used a 19-3 fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
On Feb. 5, a strong fourth quarter wasn’t needed as the Bulldogs, 15-0 (12-0), got out to a strong start to ensure they downed the third place Ypsilanti Grizzlies, 10-4 (6-3), 57-34.
“We knew we had to start fast,” said Bulldog head coach Todd Blomquist on the game plan coming into tonight. “We’ve been working on using our depth, going fast, playing fast and making them play the way we want to play. We really imposed our will on them (tonight), probably our best start all year. We’ve been kind of a second half team, it’s not what we want to be, so it was good to see us start fast tonight.”
The Bulldogs started the game on an 11-2 run with a banked in three pointer from Grizzlies sophomore Danielle Bryant cutting the Bulldog lead to 15-9 after the first.
In the second quarter the Bulldogs held the Grizzlies to two field goals and outscored them 22-6 to take a commanding 37-15 halftime lead. Bulldog junior Riley Davis had 9 points in the second and led the team with 14 points.
After the break, the Grizzlies came out shooting with all four of their third quarter field goals, three-point buckets with both teams putting up 12 points.
Senior guard Abby Fullerton added eight points and sophomore guard Jess Emmert finished with six.
With the game well in hand, benches emptied early in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs won 57-34 when the final buzzer sounded.
With the post season right around the corner and the team still undefeated, Blomquist is proud of his team for staying in the now.
“We’ve been really mature in taking it one game at a time,” said Blomquist “Friday is the next most important game and that’s the way its been all year. That’s the only way you can let the ‘undefeated’ tag not get in your head and we haven’t. We want to play well on Friday and that’s all were focused on doing.”
When asked about the best start in his history with the team, Blomquist told The Sun Times 18-2 is his best record back in 2012, going 18-0 before dropping their last two. Blomquist has had a couple of teams hit the 20-win mark, but does this team have the potential to break that 18-0 mark?
“Oh, hell yeah,” said Blomquist. “No question.”
On Friday, Chelsea hosts Lincoln.