Playing their first game in 11 days, the North Dallas girls basketball team overcame the rust and pulled away to a 45-37 non-district victory over Roosevelt on Wednesday night at Roosevelt.
“We were definitely rusty. They [Roosevelt] were undefeated and I told them that before the game,” coach Paul Strapkovic said. “We’ve had a lot more competition than they have. We’ve been trying to work on our spread offense. We played good defense. We did a little better rebounding. They’re a good team. After the first quarter, we stopped them. I’m happy with our defense.”
The Lady Bulldogs led 25-21 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half behind their strong defensive play.
“We talked about that at halftime,” Strapkovic said. “We didn’t make many changes, just turn up the defense. Let’s have like a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter and sure enough, it was.”
North Dallas led 34-23 entering the fourth quarter, which saw Roosevelt trimm the lead to 6 points at 38-32. But the Lady Bulldogs then went on a 7-0 run for a 45-32 lead, its biggest lead of the game with a minute left in the game. Roosevelt closed out the scoring with 5 free throws.
Roosevelt girls fall to 6-1 and North Dallas is 4-5 overall. The Lady Bulldogs play at Madison at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The junior varsity game is at 6 p.m.