Gainesville Lady Bulldogs bring home first place at Cabool tourney

From left, Gainesville’s Addie Alms and Andrea Winrod, Bakersfield’s Jessie Keith and Mansfield’s Cali Lemons and Haven Tripp were named to the Cabool Bulldog Classic all-tournament team. Addie was named MVP of the tournament.

The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs brought home the Cabool Bulldog Classic Tournament first place trophy when they defeated Mansfield in the championship game Friday, Jan. 19. 

The Lady Bulldogs, seeded in the number 2 spot, opened the tournament with a 68-11 win over seventh seed Koshkonong. 

Freshman Addie Alms led the scoring with a game high 21 points, followed by Andrea Winrod with 19 and Sarah Hossman with 12. Laney Suter added 9 , Kelsie Hogan chipped in 5 and Jillian Morse scored 2. Lauren Smith led in rebounds with 5. Andrea Winrod led in assists with 4.

The win brought the Lady Bulldogs to face third-seeded Couch on Thursday, Jan. 18. The Gainesville girls had to battle for the win and squeaked by with a 38-36 victory to advance to the championship contest. Addie Alms led with 14 points for the Gainesville girls. Others scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Andrea Winrod with 11, Jillian Morse with 8 and Sarah Hossman with 5. Winrod led in rebounds with 9, followed by Alms with 7. Hossman led in assists with 4.

Gainesville returned to Cabool to battle with the Mansfield Lady Lions, who had pulled off an upset against the number one seed Bakersfield Lady Lions the night before. 

Both teams’ defenses fought hard in the low-scoring game, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to score just enough to pull off a 29-22 win to bring home the first-place hardware.

“We struggled offensively, we were a little tight and nervous and didn’t score in the first quarter. Thankfully we played solid defense and held Mansfield to just three points in the first quarter,” said Head Coach Lance West. 

The Lady Bulldogs had a good second quarter and outscored Mansfield 12-1 to have 12-4 lead at halftime. Mansfield came out strong in the second half and cut the lead to 2 points at the end of the third quarter with Gainesville leading 18-16. In the fourth quarter, Gainesville kept their composure and the team was able to extend their lead, outscoring Mansfield 11-6 to win the game 29-22. 

“There are going to be games like we had tonight where we are going to struggle offensively. Every team does. However, if you make defense a priority and are always solid on that end of the floor, you will always give yourself a chance to win games,” West said. “Our kids showed that the last two nights. I give Mansfield credit – Coach Neal had his players ready to play, they had a good tournament as well.” 

Addie Alms, who was named MVP of the tournament, led the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points. Other players scoring in the game were Andrea Winrod 6, Laney Suter 5, Jillian Morse 4 and Sarah Hossman 2.

“One thing I can say about this group of girls is win or lose they have not once quit on themselves or each other this season,” West added. “Coach Stacy Garrison and I are so proud of this team for buying in and putting in the hard work and extra time because it’s finally starting to pay off. It’s moments like these that show why you invest all that time and effort. We are so happy to see them get rewarded for it. On behalf of the Lady Bulldogs, we want to thank everyone who was able to attend the game or cheer from home while live streaming the game. We had a great crowd cheering these girls on, and we greatly appreciate your support!”

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