By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chroncle
Karley Bellew racked up another big pair of double-doubles as the Lady Dawgs recorded two more preseason wins last week on their home court, improving their preseason record to 7-1.
Bellew posted 18 points and 17 rebounds as Creswell downed Sheridan 44-16 on Dec. 12, and 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Elmira 64-46 on Dec. 15. She added three steals in each game.
The Lady Dawgs jumped out to an 18-7 first-quarter lead against Sheridan. Creswell led 25-11 at halftime and 38-12 after three. Bulldog reserves saw plenty of action in the game.
“Not knowing how we would respond after having our first loss (the previous week), I was very pleased with the effort the girls put forth,” said Creswell Head Coach Tyler Hollingsworth. “We improved on rebounding, which we worked on (the previous day in practice), and it was great to see the girls carry the skills over to the game. It was a great team effort.”
Lexi McCrory contributed eight points and three assists; Aubrie Hatch had six points and six rebounds; and Bailey Howell had four points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Both teams started out slow during the Elmira game, but Creswell led 8-2 after the first quarter, improved to 16-10 at halftime and extended their lead to 34-17 after the third quarter.
Hatch had six points and seven rebounds, and Bailey Howell had three points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
The Elmira game “was going to be a good test for us, knowing that they play primarily man defense and most teams have zoned us all year,” Hollingsworth said. “It took us until the third quarter to get into a better groove offensively, but our defense was solid all night. By mixing up our defense throughout the game, we were able to keep the Falcons off-balance enough to affect their timing.”