HEALDTON — While the Healdton Lady Bulldogs might have had a delayed start to their 2019, their offense was anything but slow Friday night at home against Elmore City-Pernell.

HEALDTON — While the Healdton Lady Bulldogs might have had a delayed start to their 2019, their offense was anything but slow Friday night at home against Elmore City-Pernell.

Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs Bulldogs, they will have to wait for a first win in 2019, as they were handed a narrow 59-56 defeat against the Lady Badgers. 

Things looked promising for the Bulldogs in the first quarter, as they jumped out to an early 15-12 lead on a hot shooting start from Whisper Love and Macey Howell who each scored six in the quarter.

The strong start continued for Howell and the Bulldogs in the second, as she scored 11 points in the quarter and went five-for-five from the free throw line. Healdton entered halftime with a 31-23 lead, as both teams combined for 25 fouls in the first half. 

The Lady Badgers offense woke up following the break as they raced out on a 21-7 run to open the third quarter. 

Healdton struggled to contain ECP’s Kierstyn House, who scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the quarter and was a perfect three-for-three from the free throw line. 

Offensively for the Lady Bulldogs, they had no answers for the press of the Lady Badgers, and trailed heading into the fourth 46-42.

Both teams made a run for the victory in the fourth, and in the final minute the teams were tied at 54 apiece. 

Howell, who had a game-high 29 points, fouled out with 56 seconds left in the game, sending ECP to the line. House sank both free throws to give her team the lead.

After the Badgers committed their sixth straight turnover, Chloe Perdue was fouled while shooting and was sent to the line for a chance to tie. 

After missing both free throws, Toree Wingo collected the rebound and sank the game tying layup. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Brytni Tucker fouled out of the game, giving Elmore City-Pernell a chance to take the lead. 

At the line, one free throw managed to give the Lady Badgers a lead they would never relinquish. 

The Bulldogs, with five seconds left and a chance to take the lead, could not get the ball inbounds before the five second rule and turned the ball over. After committing a quick foul and the Badgers making both free throws, the Bulldogs inbounded the ball and raced up court, but denied a chance to tie the game.

Healdton will be back in action Tuesday night at home against Fox.