Lady Bulldogs bring house down with big win
ST. IGNATIUS – The Lady Bulldogs have struggled on the court this season but with first year Head Coach Haley Carr and bleachers full of fan love, the Lady Bulldogs continue to demonstrate the meaning of “keep your heads high.”
Stepping into a coaching position behind the Les Rice legacy and with injuries whipping through the Lady Bulldog’s bench, it’s been no easy task for Carr.
“We had two come back from injuries,” she said. “It’s like the first day of practice all over again for them.”
Practice has been key to the Mission basketball club and Carr and her team are persevering through the storm.
“We knew going in we would have to make improvements every day,” Carr said. “We’re taking it one step at a time.”
Helping out are sophomore Sydney Castor and senior Kaylie Durglo. “Castor has stepped up,” Carr said. Durglo and sophomore Pam Anderson have been showing leadership off the court as well by tutoring middle school students, according to Carr. Also adding to the fight has been the inclusion of key freshman Ran’Dee Charlo and Tianna Brown, who have been playing both junior and varsity basketball. “They have been working hard,” Carr said.
On Friday the Lady Bulldogs met up with the Maidens in Ronan, taking a hard bump in the 10-51 loss. It was a tough day as Kaylie Durglo led her team by logging just three points. Saturday was a complete turn-around for the Lady Bulldogs as they brought the fans to their feet with a tear-jerking, nail-biting, earthquake-causing first win of the season over Troy, 38-34. Carley Elverud came away with 11 points for her team as Courtney Charlo netted nine. “Our first win,” Carr proclaimed with excitement. “Yay!”
As far as the rest of the season goes, Carr says they’re taking it all in stride. “We’re in a great position where we don’t have much to lose,” she said. “Our goal is to show improvement as we meet teams for the second time.”
The Lady Bulldogs hope to keep the glory alive as they head to the road, taking on Charlo Friday, Jan. 24 and then onto Deer Lodge Saturday, Jan. 25.
Mission 2 1 4 3 – 10
Ronan 7 24 11 9 – 51
Kaylie Durglo 3, Pam Anderson 2, Carley Elverud 2, Courtney Charlo 2, Emilie Charlo 1.
Mission 2 10 9 17 – 38
Troy 8 5 10 11 – 34
Carley Elverud 11, Courtney Charlo 9, Sydney Castor 6, Kaylie Durglo 4, Jordyn Eichert 4, Emilie Charlo 2, Pam Anderson 2.