Over the past three seasons, once January rolled around the Alvord Lady Bulldogs found another gear.
The Lady Bulldogs went 34-10 from 2011-13 after Jan. 1. This year, the Lady Bulldogs (14-8) are 3-1 with Alvord coach Rob Schmucker hoping his squad can once again find its late-season magic.
“The last three seasons, this is the time we got things kickstarted and started getting better each game,” he said.
With critical District 9-2A games approaching with Peaster Friday and a game at Boyd Tuesday, it would be good timing.
“The next two games are very big for us,” Schmucker said. “If we can win these next two, we’d put ourselves in the position we want to be,”
After battling injuries early in the year, the Lady Bulldogs are starting to get some chemistry on the court in the past few games. In two straight wins over Ponder and Lake Country, the Lady Bulldogs had a trio in double figures.
“We’re coming together as a team more and getting comfortable,” said point guard Lauren Hart.
Marissa Schedcik, who came back the first game of district in mid-December, said she is getting back to full speed. She poured in 17 against Ponder and added 12 against Lake Country.
“We’re about to hit it big,” she said. “We’re making it with what we’ve got.”
At 4-2 in 9-2A, the Lady Bulldogs trail league leader Brock (7-0) by 2.5 games and second-place Paradise (6-1) by 1.5. Alvord, which lost to both in the first half of district, will play Brock Tuesday and Paradise Jan. 31.