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Primed and ready: Lady Bulldogs prep for district play

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, December 15, 2012

With the district schedule right around the corner the No. 13 Alvord Lady Bulldogs (11-6) are ready to embark on another run to the playoffs.

Led by their seniors, the Lady Bulldogs begin their tough District 9-2A schedule Tuesday.

Alvord hosts Peaster Tuesday. The battle is set for 6:15 p.m.

ALL BUSINESS – Alvord seniors Ariel Rogers, Sam Hahn, Carley King and Macy Pritchett look to make another successful district run. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I can’t say enough about these seniors,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker said. “They have done everything that we have asked of them. Their roles have changed throughout the years, and they’ve accepted their roles every year. Nothing surprises me about this group.”

After a difficult pre-district schedule, improvement has been shown as the season has gone on. This group of seniors understands that wins aren’t the biggest thing at this point in the season; it’s just getting better for the next two months.

“We’ve gotten off to a good start so far,” senior Ariel Rogers said. “Yes we are going after wins but our record isn’t the biggest thing. We are working towards the end. We are getting better as we go and that’s what counts.”

Last season Alvord advanced to the regional final before falling to Brock. This group of seniors saw what it took to lead a team deep into the playoffs while fighting through adversity and tragedy. They want to emulate that as much as they can.

With league play only three days away, this group of leaders is still trying to get one thing worked out.

“We are more ‘lead by example.’ We are working on the vocal part,” Rogers said. “We are trying to set the example of what we got to experience with the seniors that we had.”

Communication is beginning to take shape in practice, but hasn’t made it to game-time yet.

“Our communication is off,” senior Sam Hahn said. “It’s good in practice, but when we get to the game it’s not there. Guess we are trying too hard.”

When the district schedule does arrive Brock will be one problem, but Ponder, Paradise and Boyd are also difficult rivalry games that have to be dealt with.

“District is district,” Schmucker said. “There are always twists and turns. We have been back and forth with Ponder, and then you have the Wise County teams. Everybody knows everybody. It’s going to be fun, we just have to hold our composure.”

Rogers added: “It’s going to be extremely tough. We know what we are going after. We just have to keep working, and we’ll get better.”

The Lady Bulldogs are also trying to work in a couple of new pieces. Sophomore Katie Claborn is off to a blazing start, and Lauren Hart has been a nice addition since coming over from Bridgeport.

“Katie has stepped up,” Rogers said. “She comes out wanting to shoot the ball, and we all knew she could. Lauren has also been a good fit.”

With everything beginning to gel, the Lady Bulldogs seem primed for another great run.

“We just have to give it our all,” Hahn said. “No matter the outcome, we just want to know we played our hardest and did the best we could.”

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