Norh Dallas’ lopsided 62-12 loss to South Oak Cliff in the first round could set the tone for next season, said Coach Paul Strapkovic.
“I think they realize they don’t want to be in this situation again because it’s embarrassing,” he said after the loss Monday night at Ellis Davis Field House. “We need to get a better seed. We should have finished in third place. I’m sure we could have done better if we had a better seed.”
SOC entered the game with a 26-6 record, and defeated District 11-5A opponents by an average of 61 points a game.
“They’re one of the best teams in the city,” Strapkovic said. “They’ve been scoring 90 points and we held them to 62. That’s kudos right there. I’m proud of that.”
Junior Jakolby Flemings led the Lady Bulldogs with 6 points, and junior SaNiya Lampkin had 4 points. SaNiya and Lela Brooks fouled out with about 3 minutes left in the game, and the Lady Bulldogs finished the game with four players on the court.
The Lady Bulldogs kept pace with SOC in the early going. But eventually, the SOC pressure defense kept North Dallas from scoring and forced turnovers.
“We started off well early. As I told you last time, we don’t have a bench, Strapkovic said. “They come up and down, and they press a lot. I knew that would happen and we worked on it but we couldn’t do anything about it. We broke the press and then we couldn’t score. We played good defense but we can’t score.”
In his first season as head coach, Strapkovic said the loss was disappointing. The Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a 13-15 record.
“It’s a learning season. A disappointing end,” Strapkovic said. “We had great aspirations if we could have kept every one healthy. But you can’t cry about that. You play the game as it is.
“It’s disappointing because we didn’t have everybody healthy, but besides that, they played hard and that’s all I can ask.”