Lady Bulldogs ready to put experience to the test in district opener Friday
Friday, district 5-4A play begins for the Wylie Lady Bulldogs and it comes at a great time – fresh off a dramatic two point win over Wolfforth Frenship that saw Wylie again, make a late-game comeback.ABILENE, Texas -
It’s not unfamiliar territory for Kurt Richardson’s 16-6 team, who’ve been battle-tested this season, as they prepare for another showdown against rival and 7th ranked Brownwood inside Bulldog gymnasium.
“You know, it's not necessarily a good thing that we've had to come back from behind a lot, but these guys -- they don't ever quit,” said Richardson at Thursday’s practice.
The 14th ranked Lady Dawgs have had to change their game plan a bit this year in comparison to seasons past. Wylie now focusing more on outside shots with a limited presence in the post.
“I’m confident in our shooters,” explained senior guard Julia Lovelace, who hit the game-winner on Tuesday against Frenship. “If we have the outside shot, it opens up the post and since I like to drive – it opens that up too.”
“I’m having to be quite a little bit more on some of our threes,” joked Richardson. “This year, we just have a lot of really good shooters so we’ve had to learn what is a good three and what is one we can work on to get a better look later. So it’s been a challenge but the girls are handling it.”
But with a big district opener now headed to their house, it’s all about drawing on experience. Last year, Brownwood nearly hit everything – leading them to a district clinching win. In 2018, those same hot hands are back, already with 22 wins on the year.
But it may just be the fight in this Wylie team, that gives them an edge.
“We've learned how to fight, and so like last year -- you know they hit tons of threes against us, but we found a way to come within, like get within scoring range and have it in our grasp and try and win it,” explained Lovelace. “But we're ready to play against them and are ready knowing that they're going to play hard too."
“Brownwood’s a really good team, and I expected us to be the top two teams in the district,” said Richardson. “But we’re preparing for this one just like the rest. If we take care of what we're supposed to, then let the results be what they are."
Wylie and Brownwood tip-off from Bulldog gym on Friday at 6:15 p.m.