Boys Varsity Basketball: Playing without six Bulldogs coming from football, the Brady basketball opened the season here last Tuesday against a talent-ladened Brown-wood State School, losing 85-55. “This Brownwood team does not play football, so they have been in the gym since school started. They have at least 10 kids who are very athletic and some are in the 6-6, 6-7 range. I call those type players ‘rim eaters.’ They are also very quick and fast plus they can run and jump,” new Brady coach Shawn Dalbert said after the game. The coach said that he was pleased with his team. “We executed well for a first game, especially offensively. Fundamentally, we out-executed them and held a 34-30 lead at halftime, but we got in foul trouble in the second half and they were more athletic than our kids.” Dalbert said he expected his football players to play in the team’s next game. “I look to carry about 12 players on the varsity team, which is still not set,” he said. The coach added that he felt for the newcomers to learn that his system and the fact that the footballers are not in basketball-playing condition and have to learn his style of play and mesh with the other players would take about six weeks. “I look for this team to come together after Christmas and we’ll all be in sync by the beginning of district play in early January,” Dalbert said. Two things the first-year coach said he expected this, his initial season, is (1) to have a winning season, and (2) to make the playoffs. “Next year things will be a lot easier in the early part of the season. We’ll all know each other, and won’t have to start from scratch. The kids will know the drills, and they’ll know what to expect, and what I expect,” he said. Dalbert’s observation of District 26-3A is that it’s a very tough league. “But I see it as the sky being the limit. We don’t have much height, and there’s not much you can do about that, but the kids will play very hard.” In their first outing, the Bulldogs were led by returning letterman Shawn Borchert’s 26 points. Other Brady scorers were Luke Price 12, Adrian Ni’o 2, Damon Boyd 3, Tim Walker 10 and John Moore 2. Score by quarters: B’wood State 17 13 30 26’86 Brady 11 23 14 7’55 Girls Varsity Basketball: Brady’s Lady Bulldogs, under second year coach Ted Epley, opened the 2000-01 season here Tuesday night against the Class 4A Lakeview Maidens and lost, 44-23. The game was closer than the score indicated. The Lady Dogs and Maidens were knotted at 11 after the first period and Brady trailed by four, 18-14, at halftime. The score was still close after three quarters, 27-22, but during the final period, the Lakeview girls’ blew past the Brady females, 17-1. “We had a bad shooting night. In fact, it was as bad as I can remember,” Epley said. “The shots wouldn’t fall.” Defensively, the coach was pleased with his team. “But offensively, whew, on all shots we made only 16 percent. Inside of five feet from the basket, we were only three of 18,” he said. Epley said the bad thing was that the team missed shots, but “we were getting the shots we wanted. We’ll keep working, and I believe the shots will start falling.” Senior Kati Hines led the Brady squad in scoring, making 12. “Our next game, originally scheduled for Friday against Bangs, has been moved to Saturday, due to the fact that Bangs is in the football playoffs. “Our JV will play at Bangs at 11 a.m., and the varsity will tip off at 12:30 p.m., he said. The Lady Dogs’ next home game is Tuesday, Nov. 21 against San Saba. Score by quarters: Brady 11 3 8 1’23 Lakeview 11 7 9 17’44 Order: field goals, three pointers, free throws, totals. Brady scorers: Kati Hines 1-6 2-11 4-4’12, Danielle Snodgrass 1-2 0-0 0-1’2, Shauna Broz 1-4 0-0 0-0’2, Michele Hyden 1-4 0-0 0-4’2, Crystal Pitcox 0-3 1-1 0-0’3, Cassie Williams 0-2 0-0 1-2’1, Krystal Jacoby 0-2 0-0 1-2’1. TOTALS: 4-27 (14.8 %), 3-16 (18.7), 6-13 (46%), total fouls 24.