Ballin' and Breaking Records!
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the Ballard Lady Bulldogs played their first game of districts against the Hume Lady Hornets at Hume. To most of the team, this was an important game, but to the Seniors, it was the most important game of the season. Not only had they never beaten Hume during their four years of high school basketball, but that game could’ve potentially been the last one of their career. It was essential that they took down the Lady Hornets once and for all!
Senior, Adelyne Dowse, definitely stepped up to the plate, and led our Lady Bulldogs to their first victory against Hume in several years! Being one of the tallest girls in our conference, she gives the high school basketball girl’s team a huge advantage! Throughout her years of junior high and high school basketball, Adelyne has worked insanely hard on her blocking skills. Her freshman year, she had a very difficult time blocking girl’s shots without dropping her hands and fouling them in the process, but over the years, she finally learned how to keep her arms straight up and stop the shot from getting to the rim! Not one game went by this season that she didn’t block at least one shot!
During the first district game, every time a Hume player went up for a shot, it seemed like Adelyne blocked it and threw it out to one of her teammates who was already running down the court. At first, she didn’t think anything of it, but shortly after the game, Head Coach, Bobby Brewster, discovered something. Adelyne had achieved 21 blocks throughout the whole game, which tied the all-time state record, set by Tori Cole of Twin Rivers in 2012. Adelyne always put forth a great effort, in hopes to get a spot on the All-District or All-Conference teams, but after she found out that she had tied with the record holder for most blocks, Adelyne stated, “I wasn’t even close to getting my 1000th point, but I’ll take this accomplishment over anything else! I’ve worked so hard on improving my basketball skills over the years, and I couldn’t be happier with how I ended my high school basketball career. My dad would’ve been so proud!” Congratulations, Adelyne, on such an amazing achievement!