HEALDTON — After ending 2018 with two straight losses, the Healdton Bulldogs were looking for a fresh start at the turn of the calendar, and looking for a win against Elmore City-Pernell Friday night.

HEALDTON — After ending 2018 with two straight losses, the Healdton Bulldogs were looking for a fresh start at the turn of the calendar, and looking for a win against Elmore City-Pernell Friday night. 

A combination of a balanced scoring attack and a vibrant home atmosphere proved to be just what the doctor ordered as the Bulldogs moved to 5-5 on the season with a 74-62 victory over the Badgers.

“Well I think we responded pretty good from the lack of intensity at the Marietta tournament,” Healdton coach Mike Worsham said. “We finally decided to stop turning the ball over, we ran the press breaker and had some kids make some good baskets.”

Healdton started off hot, going on an early 9-2 run to start the game. 

Defensively, the Bulldogs did not allow the Badgers to make a field goal attempt until late in the period as freshman Jessie Pittman was in the zone in the first quarter, scoring 12 of his game-high 26 points to help his team to an early 17-13 lead.

In the second quarter the Bulldogs started off hot again offensively, quickly going on a 10-4 run to start the frame. 

Pittman again led the Bulldogs in the quarter, scoring eight points and going two-for-two from three. After seemingly having no answers on defense to stop the Bulldogs, the Badgers switched to a full-court press with 2:22 left in the second, getting to within 10 points before the break at 37-27. 

Baskets were hard to come by in the third quarter, as midway through the quarter the Badgers had made the only two buckets to start the half. 

The Badgers went on a 17-12 run to pull the game within five, but could not stop the Bulldogs from beating their press defense, as the Bulldogs held a 53-44 lead going to the fourth. 

Elmore City Pernell’s defense woke up to start the fourth, holding the Bulldogs to just three points through the first two minutes in the quarter. 

During the stretch. the Badgers offense pulled their team to within five while going in a 7-3 run. Unfortunately for the Badgers the five point deficit would be the closet they would get for the remainder of the game, as the Bulldogs went on an 18-11 run to take home the 74-62 victory.

Healdton will be back at home Tuesday night taking on Fox.