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As players up and down the roster fall by the wayside, Culver head coach T.J. Foltz has been busy shuffling the deck.

PMG FILE PHOTO - In the absence of three starters and one key reserve, Culver sophomore Kailee Macy has stepped up to deliver on the offensive end. Macy scored nearly 80 percent of the team's points the past two games.Lady Luck seemingly wants nothing to do with the Culver girls basketball program this season.

The Bulldogs slipped to 1-5 over the weekend, but the losses were not just confined to the court.

The team was already without two of its most talented players, ninth-graders Dania Correa and Abril Gonzales — both of whom are on family trips outside of the country — and senior Tegan Macy was injured before the season even began.

This past weekend, the Bulldogs lost senior leader Sierra Bautista and first-year standout Jocelyn Camacho to their own injuries. While both are expected to return in good time, their absences were clearly felt by head coach T.J Foltz.

The Bulldogs dropped road games on consecutive days to Weston-McEwen, Stanfield and Heppner, scoring an average of just 19.7 points with their injury-plagued roster.

Foltz noted his team's struggles at the free throw line likely cost them at least one game, but he is generally happy with how the team has dealt with adversity to this point.

He leaned on the familiar 'next man up' concept to describe how players such as sophomore Kailee Macy have stepped up when called upon. In lieu of Bautista, the team's main offensive weapon, Macy has taking on the scoring load for Culver.

Foltz expects the team to back at close to full strength after the New Year, when vacations are finished and injuries have healed.

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