Bulldog girls split TRC pair

The Culver High School girls basketball team split a pair of games, beating Toledo on Jan. 15 and falling to East Linn Christian on Friday.

Against the Eagles, it was more of the same problems the Bulldogs have had all season — handling a full-court press.

"They made it hard for us to even inbound the ball," Culver head coach Scott Fritz said. "We weren't setting our screens and not hitting cutters through the middle of the floor."

Fritz said the Bulldogs turned the ball over 30 times, which came on the heels of putting together a great second quarter to take a halftime lead.

Culver scored just one point in the first quarter, but roared back to score 9 unanswered points in the frame to take a 12-10 lead. East Linn Christian didn't score until there was less than a minute left in the frame, Fritz said.

"We struggled with our offense early, but we really got it going in the second," Fritz said. "But when you have that many turnovers, you aren't going to win games like that."

Starters Andrea Retano and Emma Hoke were in and out of the game in the second half due to foul trouble, so that slowed down the offense to some degree, Fritz said. Culver scored just four points in the fourth quarter, which allowed East Linn Christian to run off with the victory.

Culver and East Linn Christian are two of the teams vying for a spot in the conference playoffs, but more specifically the fifth-place spot, which guarantees a home first-round game against the No. 6 seed. Fritz said while the loss hurt their chances a little bit, not all is lost and there is still plenty of time for the Bulldogs to recover.

"We just have to keep battling," Fritz said. "We'll need to get both Central Linn and East Linn Christian at our place."

Culver 44, Toledo 24

The Bulldogs wore their rebounding shoes in the game against the Boomers, a 44-24 win in Culver.

The Bulldogs grabbed 51 rebounds, outrebounding Toledo 51-25, led by Retano's 13 boards.

Culver guard Alysha Fritz notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Coach Fritz said freshman Jessica Johnson came off the bench and played well.

"For not getting a lot of time on varsity this year, she played some great defense and rebounded well," Fritz said of Johnson.

After the Bulldogs weren't exactly blistering the net in the first half, shooting 11 percent, Fritz said his club was able to fix that in the second half. The Bulldogs outscored Toledo 29-16 in the second half, after carrying just a 15-8 lead into halftime.

The Bulldogs played in Halsey against Central Linn on Tuesday, but the result was not available by the Pioneer's press deadline. They will continue their Tri-River Conference schedule at home Friday against defending state champion Regis.

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