It was a quick start for the Chico Lady Dragons Tuesday, but they were unable to keep the offensive intensity going.
Chico scored 16 first quarter points, but only put up 17 the rest of the way allowing the Ranger Lady Bulldogs to rally for a 36-33 victory.After an offensive explosion by Chico (4-16, 0-2) in the opening quarter, Ranger’s defense settled down. The Lady Bulldogs (5-20, 1-1) climbed back to within 23-21 at the half.
Ranger turned up the defense in the second quarter forcing numerous Chico turnovers which turned into easy points.
Ranger coach T-Leaa Eieke said the Lady Bulldogs were struggling offensively so they have to be more aggressive in getting the ball.
“We stayed in it and stayed aggressive,” Eieke said. “When you dig yourself a hole, you just have to dig yourself back out and that’s what we did. They never gave up.”
It remained a back and forth game throughout the second half until Ranger hit three late free throws to pull away.
Lady Dragon’s coach Chad Woodard chalked the turnovers up to a young team. With no seniors and only a handful of juniors he knows there is going to be a lot of growing pains.
“We want to go fast, but seeing the floor has been hard for us,” Woodard said. “We want to see it, but we’re a tad bit too late. We’re young, and we’re learning how to play varsity basketball this season.”
Despite the struggles this season Woodard feels his team is gaining valuable experience for the future.
“I’m excited for next season, but I’m not giving up on this season yet,” he said. “We still have a lot of good games in us.”
Chico was led by Corey Tate with 14 and Charlye-ann Biggerstaff with 10. Cheyanne Hale added four.