Bulldogs pound Saints with inside game

An aggresive defense helped the Culver High School girls basketball team earn its first win of the season 47-22 against Trinity Lutheran on Saturday in Bend.

Culver used a 1-2-1-1 zone press to build a 32-7 lead by halftime, and coach Scott Fritz said all facets of the Bulldogs’ game looked good.

“We didn’t use the press a lot because we went up so early, but it looked good when we did,” Fritz said. “We shot the ball better, and we rebounded better.”

With post Reanne Slaght dominating the paint — she hit for a game-high 15 points — the Bulldogs were actually able to get out into transition, too. The combination of the two allowed the Bulldogs to get some easy buckets off turnovers, which is what Fritz has been looking for this season.

“We were flying around pretty good,” Fritz said. “We had an edge inside with Reanne, and she was hitting her shots, and our first rotation did a great job clamping down on defense.”

With five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Fritz emptied his bench to get the reserves some playing time. He said that he hopes his team can carry over the aggressiveness and speed against some of the better team they will play, especially in Tri-River Conference play.

On Friday, Culver lost to one of the best teams in Class 1A — the Dufur Rangers — 45-20 in Dufur.

Fritz said he was still pleased with the way his team played, despite the lopsided score.

“We would get beat because we would be too fast on defense and rotate too much, which left girls open,” he said. “But that’s a better problem to have than being too slow and lazy on defense.”

He said the effort was there the entire game, but they were outrebounded 44-30 and shot 17 percent from the field.

“You won’t beat a good team doing that,” he said.

Overall, it was a nice weekend for the team, Fritz said. Getting the first win of the season is an obvious plus for the team, but Fritz said he can see the team’s improvement, even if they sometimes revert back to things they did earlier in the season.

“There are some signs the girls are coming around,” Fritz said. “We need to play with the type of aggression we did this weekend against other teams; that’s going to be our main focus.”

Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Stayon to take on the reigning Class 2A state champion Regis Rams, but the result was unavailable by the Pioneer’s press deadline. That was the first TRC game of the season for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs will host a tournament Friday and Saturday at Culver High School. They will take the floor at 5 p.m.

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