The Crown Point Lady Bulldogs continued to roll along on Friday, taking a big 67-29 victory over the Portage Indians in DAC play. Their win makes them 9-0 on the season after just their second home game.
“I’m proud of the kids, proud of the way they fight and the way they bring it on the defensive end ever night even tonight when some shots weren’t falling early,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Chris Siebert. “It was a great crowd tonight, we had all our travel basketball kids here, a good student section and the band. It definitely feels good to be home.”
“Despite their success, the Lady Bulldogs are taking things one game at a time. They came prepared for a tough fight against Portage, and took nothing for granted even as they started to break away early on.
“We’re trying to speed up the game pressure and play our specific game, which is speeding up the other team and creating offense through our defense,” said Caitlyn Phillips, a senior shooting guard for the Bulldogs. “We just try to play our best and get better every single game, that’s the main goal. Play our hardest, get better.”
The JV Bulldogs helped energize the varsity team with a close victory over Portage earlier in the night. They play a key role in the Bulldog dynamic – helping the varsity girls stay grounded.
“Our JV does a great job challenging us every day in practice,” said Coach Siebert. “Our kids are not complacent by any means. They understand that they had a nice start, but it means nothing in the big scheme of things. Obviously we’ve just got to keep working and getting better. Each game we try and come out with a scouting report and a game plan, and try to execute the best we can.”
The Portage Indians might not have taken the win on Friday, but they are eager to show teams across Northwest Indiana that they can play with the best.
“Our schedule has a lot of good teams, Crown Point and Marquette look to be favorites in the area and we’ve got them both in a matter of about two weeks,” said Indians Head Coach Marc Bruner. “We want to show that how we’ve played so far this year is not going to be who we are by the time the season is over. When you go out there against teams like this, compete, and give yourself a chance to win then you’re moving in the right direction.”