Hundreds of fans packed Chelsea gym Friday night to watch the school honor their most recent championship teams of the last year, all 15 of them. But before that the Lady Bulldogs were to face off against the Tecumseh Indians.
Coach Todd Blomquist’s team got off to a fast 11-3 start with a pair of 3 point shots from Senior Olivia McCalla. But then Tecumseh fought back hard and cut the lead to 17-16 halfway through the second period. Chelsea held on for a 25-21 halftime lead.
“I liked how we came out and had a lot of energy early,” Blomquist said. “I wasn’t happy with how we played defensively in the first quarter, but I thought we made some good adjustments,” Bloomquist said. “We took control of the game and made them chase us.”
Chelsea’s stifling defense kept the Indians at bay throughout the game especially with the press they put on forcing 20 Indian turnovers, led by Maggie Cole with 4 steals.
The Bulldogs led 35-25 after the third, before outscoring the Indians 18-16 in the final period, for a final tally of 53-41. McKenzie MyKala led the team with 14 points, Maddy Bell had 11 with 3 treys, and Cole had 10.
Bloomquist credited Cole with feeding the team from her energy to get them going. He also praised McCalla for long-range shots early. “But we kind of cooled off,” Blomquist said. The Bulldogs had several chances at easy layups, but could not deliver the ball. “We certainly need to get better finishing off a basket,” Blomquist said.
The Bulldogs will play a rare Christmas Break game Tuesday in Pinckney against the Pirates. Tip off is 2 P.M.