Bulldogs prepping for district tournament
Published 10:48 am Monday, February 12, 2007
The Natchez High Bulldogs have a tough hill to climb as they begin their post-season journey with Wingfield.
The Bulldogs, who will play host, lost both regular season match-ups against Wingfield, but Bulldog head coach Mike Martin said Natchez fared much better at the home meeting.
Wingfield is atop the district with a perfect 6-0 record, while the Bulldogs, who have struggled in district play, enter the game with an 0-6 district record and an overall record of 9-15.
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Martin said Wingfield is a very talented team, and is returning four of the five starters from last year’s team that reached the final four in the state basketball tournament.
“It’s going to take a perfect game on our part. We’ve got to win Tuesday to play Friday,” he said.
Bulldog shooting guard Jason Bruce said the key for the Bulldogs will be getting the ball into the paint and trying to get Wingfield into foul trouble.
“They have a lot of nice shooters. They like to cause penetration into the paint and force the defense to crash so they can kick the ball out,” teammate Cameron Logan added.
Logan said it is going to take tough defense to stop the Wingfield attack, but also said the Bulldogs shoot the ball better at home.
“Any team can be beat on any given night,” Bruce said. “Especially if we play as a team.”
Franklin County looking for sweep against North Pike
The Franklin County Bulldogs will try to complete the season sweep of North Pike in first round tournament play.
The Bulldogs enter the contest with an overall record of 19-5 and a district record of 10-2.
“It’s a whole new season now. We have to play every game like it is our last, and play every possession like it is our last,” Franklin County head coach Charles Moore said. “Everybody starts at ground zero.”
Even though the Bulldogs are treating the postseason as a new season and they are starting it on the road at South Pike, they are not changing their game plan.
“We are going to play pressure defense and get the ball down low, into the paint,” Moore said.
Young Vidalia team gearing up for
As Vidalia awaits to see how they will begin their postseason, either as the second seed or the wild card, Viking head coach Robert Sanders said his team is ready for the postseason.
“It will be a new experience for many of the players,” he said.
Sanders said despite the seeding, the Vikings will play their first game on the road.
“We’re used to playing on the road, hopefully that will carry over.”
Sanders said the key for the Vikings will be leadership and the experience of the older players.
“We have to try to keep level heads, and let the older guys lead,” he said.