Brady Lady Bulldogs lose 3 games at Ballinger tourney

Brady’s girls’ varsity basketball players lost three straight games at the Ballinger tournament last weekend, and their record fell to 2-6 on the young season. Opening against Wall in the first round on Thursday, the Brady ladies were defeated, 55-29. Brady girls’ coach Ted Epley had this narrative about the contest: “Wall is the No. 1 team in the Class 2A, and Brady actually led by 5-2 in the early going and trailed only 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. “Wall’s quickness and pressure defense would eventually wear down the Lady Dawgs. The Lady Hawks are a great team. Their quickness and pressure is relentless. I’m very proud of the effort our ladies displayed. We played much better than the score indicated and much, much better than we did last week against Mason,” he said. Score by quarters: Brady 9 7 4 7’29 Wall 11 22 12 10’55 Brady’s leading scorers: Chelsea Rutherford 7, Jana Partin 5. * * * In the second round on Friday, Epley said, “We ran into some bad luck when senior leader and point guard Jennifer Valdez left the game with a sprained ankle in the first quarter. “When Jennifer went out, we kind of froze up for a few minutes. She’s our leader on the floor, and it took us a while to shake off the loss. We got down 15 to a good Jim Ned team but battled back to cut the lead to four late in the fourth period. I’m proud of the way we fought back,” he said. Score by quarters: Brady 7 13 12 14’46 Jim Ned 17 16 6 17’56 Top Brady scorers: Kayce Pollok 11, Krystal Jacoby 8. * * * In the final game on Saturday Epley said the Lady Dawgs were “flat and didn’t play very well at all,” losing 55-37. “We are in a ‘funk’ right now. We’re struggling to find our form. I believe the rash of injuries we’ve had has something to do with this,” the coach said. He continued by saying, “We know we can play better than this. We’ve proved that a week ago. We’ve got to re-group, re-focus and get after it again. We’re in a slump, but I’m glad it’s happening now and not at district time.” Epley added that the Lady Dawgs will not quit. “We’ll get back to where we need to be,” he said. Score by quarters: Brady 6 13 9 9’37 Menard 12 15 14 14’55 Brady’s leading scorers were San-jerna Villalobes 8, Rutherford 6, and Kelsey Bailey 6. The Brady squad will be in Lago Vista Tuesday (tonight) and will compete in the Abilene Wylie tournament this weekend. “The competition will get us ready for district,” Epley said.

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