The Waldron Jr Bulldogs aren’t digging a hole anymore. Instead, they’re working together as a team to build ladders to send them high into the future. All one has to do is look at this past week’s handful of games. A two-point 42-40 loss to Booneville and a two-point 28-26 loss to Cossatot. Both losses were razor’s edge games against top-notch teams. Then came yet another top team knocking at Waldron’s door. The Paris Eagles.
On Thursday, January 21st, the Bulldogs fell to Paris 42-30. The score may look like the Bulldogs slipped on their improving ways, but taking into account that the Eagles were Waldron’s third conference game of the week, the Bulldogs naturally were exhausted. Exhausted or not, the Bulldogs still gave Paris all they could handle. Chris Lopez didn’t lope on the court as he led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points against the Eagles. Kason Davis was able to work his way past Paris’s defense to hang 8 points up on the scoreboard. Kaden Rogers scored 3 points while Scout Young, Noah Patrick, and Logan Young scored by committee 2 points each.
Defensively the Bulldogs poured tar on the Eagle’s wings to prevent what could have been an otherwise blowout. Waldron rolled up 26 rebounds, 7 steals, and a whopping 16 deflections in the game. Head Coach Josh Atchley said, “Our team lost three hard-fought conference games this past week. We have loads of potential in this Jr High bunch, just have to figure out a way to consistently put it together for the games. If we are wanting to have a good showing against Danville then we have to get our minds right and approach each day trying to kick yesterday’s rear.”
The Jr Bulldogs are headed in the right direction, there are just some growing pains in the win/loss column for now. Waldron will not have a cupcake opponent for their next game either as they play the Danville Little Johns in what will be a far cry from a little game on January 26.