Bulldog basketball looks ahead, focuses on defense after Catclaw Classic victory
On the heels of a big Catclaw Classic victory on Saturday, Wylie Bulldog basketball continues to roll through its pre-district schedule as we near the halfway point of the season at the end of the month, and Wylie has its eyes set on more. The Bulldogs are the 8ABILENE, Texas - th ranked team this week in class 4A according to TABC, sitting 13-1 on the year with its only loss coming in the Doug McCutchen tournament down in San Angelo at the end of November. But there's room for improvement.
Wylie poses a better balance this season, with an increase in size. The Bulldogs are anchored by Kyle Roberts and Dylan Isenhower in the interior, and getting that duo involved is a big compliment to its guards like sharp-shooter Steven Lopez.
The Bulldogs now eye a chance to three-peat at the annual Whataburger Classic in Fort Worth at the end of the month, a tournament widely regarded as bringing in the top competition from around the state. To get ready, Wylie knows they’ll have to continuing sharpening their skills – especially on defense. “We need to stop getting beat off the dribble when we fly out to shooters,” said senior Dylan Isenhower at Wednesday’s practice.
It’s an area of emphasis that this younger group feels they can then truly separate themselves from the pack heading into a big holiday stretch.
"You know our defense leads, and feeds our offense,” said head coach Gregg Ruffin. “So you know, kids will always play hard on the offensive end, but if we can get them to play hard on the defensive end, then we've got a great shot at winning."
Isenhower added, “We’ve got younger guys in there so it's just really getting everyone molded into the puzzle, and just being the piece to make this thing, this team what it is."
Wylie will have two games to tune-up for the Whataburger classic – Friday night on the road at Lubbock Coronado, before wrapping up the 2017 calendar year at home next Tuesday, Dec. 19th against Wichita Falls Hirschi. The Whataburger Classic in Ft. Worth runs Dec. 28-30.