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Bulldogs face tough opponents
Cody Antoniak
Cody Antoniak puts one up.


The DeKalb West Lady Bulldogs hosted Carroll-Oakland Middle School in Liberty on Dec. 7, dropping a hard-fought contest by a score of 25-24.


DWS split its 24 points evenly across the game, while COMS scored two in the first, five in the second, three in the third, and 15 in the fourth.


The Lady Bulldogs led 6-2 at the end of the first period thanks to four points from Crook and two from Davenport. The second period still looked good for DWS. They outpaced COMS 6-5 on two shots and two free throws from Griffin, and held onto a 12-7 lead at the half.


While holding Carroll-Oakland to three points in the second, The Lady Bulldogs again scored six, this time on Three Griffin points, a two-pointer and a foul shot, two from Crook, and a free throw from Whitehead. DeKalb increased their lead to 18-10 going into the fourth.


That’s where things went wrong for DWS.


COMS broke loose with a 15 point showing in the final period, while the Lady Bulldogs again put in six, this time on two each from Griffin, Whitehead and Crook. The margin allowed Carroll Oakland to sneak by DWS with a 25-24 win.


Gracie Griffin led the Lady Bulldog offense with 11 points on three two-point shots and a 5-for-10 performance at the foul line. Summer Crook scored eight for DWS two points at a time, Kendra Whitehead added three with a basket and a foul shot, and Lydia Davenport put two in.


Then, on Dec. 10, DWS hosted Smith County, having even worse luck. Smith routed the Lady Bulldogs in a 30-14 game.


Outscoring DeKalb West 12-2 in the first, Smith continued to lead with a 9-2 second period, taking a 21-4 lead into half time. DWS was outpaced by only one point in a 5-4 third period, bringing the score to 26-8, and the fourth saw The Lady Bulldogs score six points while holding Smith County to four. It was not enough to overcome a 30-14 deficit, however, and DWS took the loss.


Griffin scored five points in the game, leading the Lady Bulldog offense with two two-pointers and a free throw. Davenport added four on two-pointers, and Lynsey Ellis and Whitehead scored two each. Crook put in a foul shot for DWS.


Smith County Middle School visited DWS on Dec. 10, and the Bulldogs sent them home with a 30-10 thrashing.


While Smith maintained a 6-5 lead at the end of the first, DeKalb found its footing in the second, outscoring SCMS 12-0 and taking a 17-6 lead into half time. DWS again outpaced Smith in the third, 13-4. The fourth period began with the bulldogs holding a 30-10 lead.


A scoreless final quarter saw the 30-10 score stand at the final buzzer, with DeKalb West taking the win.


Dallas Cook led DWS with 11 points in the contest, while Cody Antoniak put in seven. Brayden Antoniak hit four, Roberts and Levi driver dropped in a three-pointer each, and Braeden Jett added two points for the Bulldogs.


The DWS Bulldog Basketball squad hosted Carroll-Oakland Middle on Dec. 7 in Liberty, coming away with a 55-20 loss.


COMS jumped out to an early lead, scoring 13 points in the third and allowing DeKalb only eight. Carroll-Oakland added 28 points in the second, while DWS managed four. The half-time buzzer sounded with the Bulldogs trailing 41-12.


DeKalb pushed through with six pints in the third, bettering a four-point period for COMS. DWS still found themselves behind in a 45-18 contest when the final period began.


Carroll-Oakland outscored DWS 10-2 in the fourth, cementing the 55-20 win.


Dallas Cook led the Bulldog offense with six points, going 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Brayden Antoniak scored five for DWS, while Lucas Hale put in three and Cody Antoniak, Noah Roberts and Jathan Willoughby added two each.