Girls Varsity Basketball · Lady Bulldogs prepare for basketball season opener this week

Nora Ordinario brings up the ball behind Maryssa Reyes (left), Na’Keisha Alridge, and Ashley Poole.


North Dallas’ Lady Bulldogs basketball team was supposed to open its season against Fort Worth South Hills Tuesday night, but the game has been canceled, said new Coach John Edwards.

North Dallas returns four starters from last season’s playoff team, including SaNiya Lampkin, Ashley Poole, Jakloby Fleming and Na’kiesha Alridge.  Edwards, who is coming from Redwater High School in East Texas, is new to the team.

“I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made so far,” said Edwards, who noted that he won his 400th game last December. “I put in a lot of new stuff, so that takes time. You can’t get in everything you want to get in.  Hopefully, just playing another team will give us a good look at what we need to work on and improve on. For sure, I know conditioning will be something we need to improve on.”

The Lady Bulldogs have made the Class 5A playoffs the past two seasons. They are in their first season in District 12-4A, against the likes of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Pinkston, Carter, Wilmer-Hutchins and Hillcrest.

For now, it’s nondistrict play, tournaments and getting ready for district play.  The Lady Bulldogs will play Woodrow Wilson at 5 p.m. Thursday at Samuel High School, and then they will play Samuel at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Samuel High School

“We’ve had a short amount of time. Just trying to make sure they can run the offense and the defense,” said Edwards, who attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has done most of his coaching in East Texas.

“We’ll add things as the season goes and see what we’re good at, and what we can improve on,” Edwards said. “It’s an evaluation period. To me, it’s getting our legs under us and getting in game shape.

“To me, it’s to see what we can improve on and get us in game shape.”


Jakolby Fleming takes a shot from the corner in the girls gym


SCHEDULE UPDATE: North Dallas’ game vs. FW South Hills  is canceled.



Jakolby’s layup is about to drop in as the others trail the play.



Ashley’s shot falls in during practice.