The De Smet girls basketball team hosted their second home game of the season Thursday night, Jan. 6 against the Arlington Cardinals. It was a low-scoring game that consisted of good defense and both teams struggling with getting their shots to fall.
The Cardinals jumped to a quick 7-1 lead early in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs were able to pull within one point by the end of the period. Arlington came out with a couple of quick buckets, but the Bulldogs tied them halfway through the second period. The Cardinals made a few nice defensive stops and closed in by four going into halftime.
De Smet started the third quarter with two quick trips down the court with successful baskets, but Arlington continued to drive to the basket. The Bulldogs fouled, putting the Cardinals at the free throw line.
A very low-scoring fourth quarter ensued, with Arlington the first to
make a basket two minutes into the final quarter. With about three minutes remaining on the clock, Kennadi Buchholz was fouled, sent to the free throw line and sank both shots, pulling the Bulldogs within three points.
With 1:09 remaining, Arlington's shot was no good. De Smet came down with a pass from Emma Albrecht to Buchholz for a basket and free throw to tie it up, 34-34. The Cardinals passed the ball around, and an almost-steal by Burke stopped the clock at 26.0 seconds. Arlington inbounded but were unsuccessful with their shot attempt. Buchholz rebounded, and the Bulldogs took a time out with 9.9 seconds left.
Alyssa Asleson inbounded to Albrecht who dribbled down and gave a little lob pass to Buchholz. She easily scored, putting the Bulldogs up to seal the win!
Buchholz led the Bulldogs with 18 points, nine rebounds, and Albrecht contributed nine points and three rebounds.
The De Smet JV team played a tough game but came up short on the scoreboard with a loss of 30-38.
De Smet 8 16 29 36
Arlington 9 20 30 34
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