As the Cossatot River Eagles flew into Waldron on January 3, its safe to say that they were expecting a different outcome than what they walked away from. Although the Eagles tried hard to keep flight with the Bulldogs accelerated pace, it just wasn’t meant to be. In the first half of the game alone, Waldron secured 53 of their 76 total points while holding Cossatot to a mere 29 points.
With such a big lead, the Bulldogs were able to slow down the pace of the second half of the game while getting in some beneficial reps for the rest of the roster. After ending the match victoriously 76-47, Waldron moved to 13-3 in total season play. This year, the Eagles are a non-conference foe. But next season 2A Cossatot will be moving up to 3A and joining the Bulldogs in the 3A-4 basketball division. Waldron currently plays hoops in 3A-1.
The Waldron Bulldogs hit a season-high during this match-up netting 12 three-point buckets. Gada Wagner was on fire as he earned six of those 3-pointers also earning a personal best this season of 20 points on the game. Untouchable Payton Brown snagged 28 points with 15 of those coming from three-point shots. And Isaac “The Real” Villarreal sent the Eagles away shaking as he logged 12 points while also hitting a three-pointer.
Jacob Avila and Camdon Holcomb were offensive outlaws as they each obtained three points. And rounding out the Bulldog cast of All-Stars was Bryson Bailey, Braden Williams, Tyler Wright, Ruben Valdez, and Caden Fuller with two points apiece. Defensively, the Bulldogs kept the Eagles grounded as they earned 13 steals in the game and 19 defensive rebounds.
Conference season starts back up in Waldron on Tuesday, January 7 as the undefeated 2-0 Bulldogs host the 1-1 Cedarville Pirates with Jr High starting at 4 p.m. Last season, Waldron sunk the Pirates in three games taking all three wins. This year, the Bulldogs are Locked In and ready to yet again blow a hole in the Pirates ship.