Fourth quarter rally lifts Bulldogs over Bucks

Published 1:48 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2022

BUCHANAN — Visiting Vicksburg outscored Buchanan 16-9 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 47-42 non-conference girls basketball victory Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (1-0) and Bucks (1-0) were deadlocked at 31-31 heading into the final eight minutes of play. Buchanan had led Vicksburg 21-18 at halftime after trailing 11-9 after one quarter of play.

Veteran Buchanan Coach Gabe Miller said that his team wanted to face some strong competition to kick off the year before heading into Lakeland Conference play, and eventually, the postseason.

“I feel we set up a challenging schedule to start the season, and we knew Vicksburg was returning their eight core players from a good young team last season,” he said. “I think some issues were highlighted from losing a week to prepare compared to previous seasons, but all teams are in that same boat. I was surprised with some atypical decision making based on what I have observed this preseason, and disappointed that I felt we were unable to match their energy much of the game.”

Miller said that his squad will work even harder to get ready for the rest of its competition, including Dowagiac, which the Bucks will face on the road in the conference opener Thursday.

The Chieftains dropped a 43-37 decision to highly touted Watervliet Tuesday night.

“As the coach, that is something I have to do better to make sure we are prepared and ready to play,” he said. “Although the outcome is not what we wanted, in the end the film and experience will do what we wanted and provide us with a chance to reflect and improve.”

LaBria Austin led the Bucks with a team-high 15 points, while Faith Carson, who recently signed her national letter of intent to play at Oho State University, added 14 points. Alyssa Carson added seven points.

Vicksburg was led by Maddie Diekman’s game-high 16 points. Makayla Allen added 13 points.