Talk about an empowering way to end 2019! The Waldron Lady Bulldogs took to the court in the annual Bill Frye Classic for their last big dance of the year. In a three day cha-cha, the Lady Bulldogs gracefully spun their way around the Hackett Lady Hornets on the first day taking home a win of 40-28. On day two in the semi-finals round, it was a turbulent tango that saw Waldron earn the upper hand and the victory over the Booneville Lady Bearcats 41-32. For the final day, it was off to the championship round where the Lady Bulldogs ferociously do-si-doed with the Vian Lady Wolverines and although Waldron showed great intensity, they took a 55-33 loss. But their heads remained high because they honorably earned Runner-Up in the tournament.
With a roster barely able to fill both hands, the Waldron Lady Bulldogs Epic Eight are getting things done that teams with tripled roster sizes can’t even dream of doing. With a 6-8 season record and 1-1 in conference play, the Lady Bulldogs getting the job done is lone senior Chelsea Stidman, juniors Kadance Espinoza, Rheagan Sanford, and Jessica Ozuna, and sophomores Molly Richmond, Summer Imperiali, Bianca Hinojosa, and Hailey Stidman.
Assisting in earning Runner-Up greatness was dynamic duo sisters Chelsea and Hailey Stidman who led their team with 11 and 8 points respectively. Bringing in six points apiece was Espinoza and Ozuna who swept the floor with the Lady Wolverines with zero apologies. And throwing in two points with her offensive dominance was Imperiali. Defensively, Richmond was a wrecking ball as she schooled the Lady Wolverines in rebounds with seven.
For their first game of the new year, the Waldron Lady Bulldogs will host the (11-5) Cossatot Lady Eagles in a non-conference game on January 3 with Jr High starting at 4 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Raine Hecox and Kristen Atchley