By JASON EPP
FORGAN, Okla. — A 17-2 run that started midway through the first quarter was the difference as the Forgan Lady Bulldogs moved to 15-0 on the season with a 44-33 homecoming win over the Balko Lady Bison Saturday night.
Forgan did not shoot the ball very well hitting only 32 percent (16-of-50) from the field, and turning the ball over 17 times.
“We forced some passes we shouldn’t have, and they’re pretty aggressive,” said Lady Bulldog coach Brett Trippet. “They gamble and go for a lot of steals, and they got a lot of steals on us.”
But it wasn’t sub-par play; the Lady Bison are good, losing for only the second time this season.
Balko was hurt by early foul trouble as Kyla Cowan picked up her third foul with 4:32 left in the first quarter.
Forgan’s defense stepped up at key times in the game. Balko cut the lead to seven early in the second half, but did not score again in the third period, while Forgan expanded their lead to 36-23 heading into the final period.
Forgan’s defense held Balko to 31 percent shooting and caused 16 turnovers.
“We didn’t score like I thought we should have, but we played good enough defense to pull us through the game,” said Trippet.
Forgan got their biggest lead of the game after Kenzi Taylor completed a three-point play by making a free throw to give the Lady Bulldogs a 17-point advantage with 5:21 left in the game.
Kenzi Taylor led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 11, Lindsey Trippet added 10, Mirand Lopez 9, and homecoming queen Jaci McGill tallied 8.
Balko was led by Jaylee Mays, who scored 13, and Kelsie Stephens with 10.
Forgan will face a real test Tuesday when they hit the road to take on 4A Guymon.
Balko (12-2) travels to Hardesty Tuesday.