GENTRY -- A short bus ride south on Arkansas Highway 59 and the Lady Bulldogs were at their first contest of the week as the team took on the Gentry Lady Pioneers at Pioneer Gym Jan. 3. The night started out promising for the Lady Bulldogs but quickly ended in defeat at the hands of the Lady Pioneers.
The Lady Bulldogs were the first on the board shortly after the tip-off on a field goal by Jackie Mendoza. The Bulldogs continued to hold the lead until the halfway mark of the first quarter when the Gentry coach called a timeout to regroup his team. When the Lady Pioneers took to the court after the timeout, they began to play more intently and soon gained the lead over the Lady Bulldogs. The first quarter ended with the Lady Pioneers holding a 19-6 lead over the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs had a little trouble getting the ball to drop through the hoop at times, which allowed the Lady Pioneers to extend their lead, but not before Decatur staged a short run that kept the Lady Bulldogs in the contest. By the halftime break, Gentry was holding a 28-13 lead over Decatur.
While the Lady Bulldogs put up a strong defense in the third quarter, it was far from enough to stave off the strong Lady Pioneer offense and Gentry built a 49-17 lead going into the final eight minutes of the contest.
The Decatur Lady Bulldogs only scored a single field goal in the fourth quarter. This allowed the Gentry coach to put into the game some of his less experienced players for a little actual game time. The Gentry Lady Pioneers took the win, 50-19, over the Decatur Lady Bulldogs.