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Laura Manderick, 14, of Athens High School dribbles the ball in to Alexander High School’s basket for a shot during the first half of Athens’ home game on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Alexander defeated Athens 64-37.

Lady Bulldogs Drop Opener Against New Lexington

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio- Early season struggles sealed the deal for the Athens Lady Bulldogs during their trip to New Lexington on Saturday night.

Ultimately winning 71-25, the Lady Panthers showed mercy throughout the game, pounding on points in all four quarters. From the tip, New Lexington kept control of the ball, scoring 15 points in the first quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled early to find the basket, as they could only muster up one point in the first quarter. The young squad couldn’t seem to find their place throughout the whole game, with their largest amount of points coming in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Panthers, however, never let off the throttle, scoring 41 points by the half, and not even allowing Athens to get into double digits.

Turnovers were one of the major downfalls for the Lady Bulldogs as they committed 23 turnovers, along with many missed opportunities to score.

The Lady Bulldogs scored an even amount of points from three and from the charity stripe. Laura Manderick was the leading scorer for Athens. She had nine points in total– four coming from the foul line.

For New Lexington, Aubri Spicer led the Panthers to victory scoring 29 points, and Lydia Stephens contributed 17 points, including four threes.

Athens will try to rebound from this loss on Wednesday, November 27th when they host the Ironton Fighting Tigers.

With a long road ahead, head coach Seth Maheny weighs in on the loss, “We’re doing the right things we need to do to put our girls in the position to be successful.” A team that relies heavily on underclassmen, The Lady Bulldogs have a lot of room for growth throughout this season.