Lady Bulldogs to host West Side Christian

Strong's Kennedi Dixon goes after the basketball in action this season against Smackover at Norphlet. The Lady Bulldogs won that game 46-28 and will return to action on Tuesday when they host unbeaten West Side Christian. Action will tip off at 6 p.m. with senior girls followed by senior boys.
Strong's Kennedi Dixon goes after the basketball in action this season against Smackover at Norphlet. The Lady Bulldogs won that game 46-28 and will return to action on Tuesday when they host unbeaten West Side Christian. Action will tip off at 6 p.m. with senior girls followed by senior boys.

Strong’s girls will play their first basketball game in two weeks on Tuesday when they host West Side Christian. The Lady Bulldogs beat Smackover 46-28 on Nov. 14 in Norphlet.

Strong coach Melinda Champion said her squad had had limited practice time in addition to a modest schedule.

“We have only played one game so far and considering the team had not practiced in a couple of weeks for several different reasons, we pulled off a win,” said Champion on Sunday. “We have not been able to practice over the holiday due to work being done in the gym, so our practice tomorrow will be pretty rigorous.

“We’ve got to do better on transition defense if we want to beat West Side on Tuesday night.”

The Lady Warriors are 7-0 on the season.

“I’ll be interested to see how we respond in a game that’s probably pretty physical on the inside,” said West Side coach Randall Miller. “That’s one area coming into this year, I thought we’d have to see how we did, that’s inside on the glass. We’ve had a couple girls step up and do some rebounding for us. But I think Strong is probably a little bigger team than we’ve played so far. I’ll be interested to see how we respond there. I also want to see how well our defense travels on the road. We’ve played a lot of home games so far. I want to see how we do in a true road environment. So, I’m really looking forward to it to see where we’re at.” 

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At halftime of the Lady Warriors’ game against Hermitage on Nov. 7, one of the backboards was broken at the Warrior Center. Miller said it took a little more than a week-and-a-half to get it replaced.

“We had to get really creative in practice because we’re doing things at a higher tempo this year. Obviously, not having one of the rims made us be very creative,” he said. “But I feel we were able to do it. The kids responded well. It was a challenge of course. We had to do some things different. But sometimes that’s not all bad. It changes up the routine a little bit. Kids tend to adapt pretty fast. I was pleased with how we did it.

“I thought it did affect us just a little bit when we went to play. You can’t quite simulate it but I thought we kind of powered through it.”

The Hermitage games were the only ones affected by the backboard mishap. Miller said he’s trying to get a date to reschedule.

“We’re looking for a day on that. It’s just really tough. They’re district schedule is busy and we’re pretty booked as well. We’re looking to see what we have,” he said.

“We really want to be able to get the game in. We played about half the girls’ game so we want to be able to get that in.”

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