Drexel’s second seeded Lady Bobcats scored 27 points in the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated the seventh seeded Appleton City Bulldogs 69-21 Tuesday night in the opening round of the WEMO conference basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring however, it was the Lady Bobcats’ 21-0 first quarter run that put the game away early. Drexel’s Jacy Boldon provided 12 of her game-high 23 points in the first eight minutes.
The second quarter was another story. The Bulldogs settled down and slowed the pace, forcing the Lady Bobcats into a half court offense. The strategy worked well, holding Drexel to only six points in the second quarter. Appleton City was not able to narrow the gap as their offense was held to zero points.
“I thought the first quarter we came out pretty emotionally strong. Then we regressed a bit and I think if we stayed in that we would have scored a little bit more in the second quarter,” Drexel coach Bill Johnson said.
Whatever Johnson said in the locker room at half time certainly rekindled the competitive fire of his Lady Bobcats. Drexel picked up where it left off in the third quarter by scoring 18 points. Appleton City could only manage 10 points during the same period.
“I thought Jacy Boldon did a really nice job running the point. Addison Barnhart had a good game,” Johnson said.
Appleton City will play Rich Hill in the semifinals of the consolation bracket, while Drexel moves on to the semi-finals to meet Adrian.
“Adrian concerns me a lot,” Johnson said. “They are very quick and have two or three really good shooters.”