SULPHUR — Heading into the 2018-19 season, one might be tempted to say the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs and head coach Toby Todd are in the perfect storm.

SULPHUR — Heading into the 2018-19 season, one might be tempted to say the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs and head coach Toby Todd are in the perfect storm.

On the one hand, the Lady Bulldogs did graduate five seniors off of last years team which went 19-8 and reached the regional consolation finals.

However, the upside is that Sulphur is returning four seniors this season along with six total juniors, meaning there is plenty of depth waiting in the wings for the Lady Bulldogs.

“Our biggest thing is experience,” Todd said. “We want to get as many games for these girls. We’ve tried to play all 14 of our girls in every game we’ve played this summer. Every year you lose 2-3 pieces, and it’s great in the summer time to use different combinations and give everyone some experience in the summer time.”

A trend the Lady Bulldogs will be hungry to change this season is going out in the regional round of the playoffs.

Since Sulphur won an undefeated state championship in 2013 in Class 3A, the Lady Bulldogs have struggled to get back to the state tournament since, as well as the area tournament.

In the first three years following the state title, Sulphur was eliminated in the regional round of the playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs did manage to reach the area tournament in the 2016-17 season, but were eliminated last season one game before area.

Speaking of Class 3A, there is a possibility the Lady Bulldogs could be reunited with the ranks of Class 3A this season as Sulphur was right on the cusp of being classified as a 3A school in basketball according to the enrollment numbers.

While this scenario won’t be confirmed until later this year, there are still plenty of available weapons for the Lady Bulldogs to use no matter who or what classification they play in.

“I love the fact that if someone gets into foul trouble, we won’t fall off a lot,” Todd said. “Payton Row has been a strong point guard for us these last few years. Makella Mobly is another strong guard who is going to do a lot of work for us. Payton James has worked really hard as well over this offseason and I couldn’t be happier with the way she’s been working for us.” 

Row will be a welcome returning player for the Lady Bulldogs as she was the leading scorer last season with 282 points for the year. She was also third on the team with 105 total rebounds.

Forwards Abby Beck and Harley Beesley will also be back this season for the Lady Bulldogs, with both players bringing over strong offensive totals from last year.

In her sophomore season, Beck finished second on the Sulphur team with 123 total rebounds while scoring 144 points, and shooting 54 percent from the field, which was the second highest on the team.

As a freshman last year, Beesley finished with 129 points and 60 total rebounds.

Another junior who will be a strong part of the Lady Bulldogs plans this season is Kady Lynch, who led the team last season with 135 total rebounds and 161 points scored.

The Lady Bulldogs will also be featuring several other young players.