ROGERS -- For the second time in five days, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs met on the court to face the Ozark Catholic Lady Griffins in a non-conference contest on Nov. 22 at the Arkansas Athletes Outreach gym in Rogers.
Since the Tontitown-based Ozark Catholic Academy has been in existence only since 2018, the school has yet to have a gym on-site. So it relies on the AAO facilities in either Fayetteville or Rogers for both volleyball and basketball.
The first quarter was almost all defensive as both the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Griffins were unable to get points into the basket. As the time was winding down, Ozark Catholic managed to hit three field goals to take a 6-0 lead into the second quarter.
As the second quarter progressed, the Lady Griffins tripled their first-quarter score to 18 while holding the Lady Bulldogs scoreless until the 2:30 mark, when Naomi Jimenez hit a pair of free throws to put Decatur on the board. Decatur hit a field goal as time counted down. By the end of the first half, the Lady Griffins held a huge lead over the Lady Bulldogs, 27-4.
Decatur played more aggressively in the second half, but the Lady Bulldogs fell far short and the Ozark Catholic Academy Lady Griffins took the win, 51-22.
The Decatur Lady Bulldogs have six games left until the Christmas break. The complete pre-Christmas schedule, including the junior high and boys' contests, are as follows:
11/30: @ Eureka Springs, 5 p.m., 2,3,4.
12/02: St Vincent [email protected] Rogers, 4:30 p.m, 1,2, both JV's.
12/03: Yellville [email protected], 5 p.m. 2,3,4.
12/07: Life Way [email protected], 5 p.m, 2,3,4.
12/10: [email protected], 5 p.m, 1,3,4.
12/13: Haas Hall [email protected], 5 p.m, 2,3,4.
12/14: NWA [email protected], 5 p.m, 2,6.
12/17 Colors Day -- Arts [email protected], 5 p.m, 2,3,4.