Bulldogs claim top spot in region, ready for next step – The Troy Messenger

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The Pike County Lady Bulldogs entered the Christmas break still trying to put all the pieces together after their late start.

Since then, the Lady Bulldogs have won five consecutive games and captured the regional regular season championship for the second consecutive season.

“We just needed to have a few games under our belt so our girls could work together and develop team chemistry,” head coach Melissa White said. “We get together, play together and everyone learns their role. This allowed us, during surface play, to be successful.

The Lady Bulldogs picked up their fifth consecutive win in the zone Thursday night when they visited zone foe Goshen. They came away with a 39-8 win over the Eagles. Kyah Rouse, Auriel Moultry, Angel Terry and Urriya Berry all had eight points.

This continued a trend for the Bulldogs to have multiple players contributing to plays. Moultry has scored 35 points in his last three games, while Berry is also averaging double digits in his last four games.

“Kyah Rouse is a smart young woman, who can see the ground,” White said. “I was very satisfied with the rise of Auriel Moultry. She’s one of my other guards. She played very well defensively and made a lot of steals. This leads to a lot of layups. She scores big for us.

“Urriya Berry has been a player you can rely on for consistency. She plays hard and tries hard every night. Having those multiple options gives us the opportunity to develop and establish an early game lead.”

The Bulldogs still have a zone game on their schedule. They play Opp next week. White believes securing home-court advantage in the region’s tournament for the second straight season is a big step forward for the program and the school.

“It’s huge,” White said. “It’s huge for the players, they did it last year and it’s huge for me as a new coach. I wanted to do the same and add to what the girls were already doing. I wanted to develop a championship culture here. They’re going in the right direction, but I want to add something and make some noise here in Pike County.

Despite their success lately, White still believes there are things that still need to be improved before the playoffs begin.

“Right now we have to work to miss so many layups,” White said. “We still have to work on our inner game and I still want to improve the transition flow. Every time we want to push the ball and put pressure on the ball against the opponents.

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