The Chelsea Bulldogs played host to the Dearborn Henry Ford Academy Navigators tonight and it was apparent from the opening tip-off that the Bulldogs would be behind the 8 ball all night. In what was a very poorly, one sided officiated game, the Bulldogs were able to try to overcome it and came back and fought until the very end but came up just short in a heart wrenching 40-35 defeat.
The Bulldogs fell behind early and every time they had a chance to get back in the game a whistle would come out of nowhere. Girls were getting slammed to the floor and no calls were being made.
“I’ve been watching basketball all my life & this is the worst reffing I’ve ever seen,” an older gentleman stated. “If you lose fine, get beat by a better team, fine. But to get beat by the refs? I’m disgusted!”
In spite of being down, but never out, the young Bulldog team did what it has done all year and overcome adversity. Down by as many as 15 points at one time, the Bulldogs fought and clawed their way back into it, playing a tight defense and forcing many turnovers. Brianna Hay hit a big 3 pointer in the game to pull the gap closer, and Jesse Jacobusse helped out with 6 steals on the night. With time running out the Bulldogs went on a run causing Dearborn and their fans to get a bit nervous as the raucous Chelsea crowd and student section roared with approval.
Helena Schultz hit a shot at the buzzer but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs came up just a bit short. Senior Nicole Bareis played another great game as she almost double-doubled again this season, finishing with 7 points and 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Helena Schultz led all Bulldog scorers with 10 points. Madeleine Kennedy played a strong defensive game with 4 steals and 6 rebounds to go along her her 2 points.
Chelsea Head Coach Todd Blomquist credited his four seniors (Bareis, Jacobusse, Kylie Kuebler, and Sara Stribe) helping to guide his sophomores for a successful season. The team is very young (5 sophomores & a freshman) but still managed a 10-game winning streak entering tonight’s game.
“It was a fantastic season,” Blomquist said. “Our mantra was to grow, and we did that.”
“And I can’t say enough about our seniors, who really bridged the gap between two groups. They had a really good group the last couple of years, and a young group this year. There is no question that they were a big reason why we were successful.”
The Bulldogs finished the season with an 18-6 record and will definitely reload for next season as they bring back plenty of players who now have valuable playoff experience.