Lady Bulldogs close regular season with a win

Published 9:03 pm Friday, February 10, 2017

King’s Fork High School defeated Wilson High School 56-52 Wednesday night to close out the regular season for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs picked up the Conference 17 win on the road. The win secured the No. 1 seed for the Lady Bulldogs in the conference tournament. It also gives them an automatic regional bid.

Amesha Miller led the way with 20 points. Nylah Young added 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

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“We played well especially down the stretch,” Lady Bulldogs coach Maurice Fofana said of his team’s effort. “We got into foul trouble early, so that kind of changed some things for us, but overall I felt we played really well.”

With the first round bye, the Lady Bulldogs do not play until Feb. 15, where they play the winner of the fourth- and fifth-seed game.

“That first-round bye is important,” Fofana said. “It gives you a couple of extra days to rest and prepare, and it also secures you a spot in the region.”

The regional bid is critical at this point in this season. Since the Lady Bulldogs have clinched a spot, that means that there is only one spot left for fellow conference opponents to try to secure.

King’s Fork likes the way they have been playing recently, and that bodes well for them going forward into post season play.

“I like the way the team has been playing. Our energy has been great,” Fofana said. “Wednesday, we were down eight points with 1:30 left in the game. My kids fought hard. We came back and won by four points. That says a whole lot. I’m happy with my team right now.

The Lady Bulldogs are ready to seize the opportunity they have.

“I think our regular season has been pretty good,” Lady Bulldogs Cydney Nichols said. “We had ups and downs, but we straightened them out. I think we are ready to make a postseason run. One thing we have under our belt is that we are all willing to fight hard. We will fight to the end no matter what, so I do believe that we can go far.”

King’s Fork is currently on a five-game winning streak. Though their next opponent is yet to be determined, the Lady Bulldogs will play Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The tournament will be held at King’s Fork.