Coach Bowden’s Bulldogs let one get away from them on Saturday, they weren’t about to let it happen again. Only two days after dropping an OT game to Hoover on Saturday, in which they led by five late in the game, the Pups showed some resolve and pulled one out tonight against Stow.
Stow made a visit to Canton, they didn’t get the normal chaotic packed atmosphere that the Fieldhouse is known for. Instead they got the social distanced version with no fans or bleachers on the floor, limited fans in the upper deck and a scattered three-row bench. The strange surroundings may have threw Stow off as they started slow and struggled to find buckets.
One person who didn’t struggle int his one was Naykah Terrell. The senior, who is committed to High Point, showed her offensive prowess in many ways. Pull up jumpers off the glass, highly skilled floaters, step back three’s and nothing but net from the line. She showed it all en route to a game high 22 points.
McKinley, who was without starting post Sydnee Bowden, had it moving in the 1st quarter, up 11-4, until an old-fashioned three point play from Ellie McCoy helped the Stow Bulldogs grab some momentum. Bob Podges crew then rattled off a run to take their one and only lead at 15-13. After a few Terrell free throws and a trey, the Pups never looked back. That sparked a 11-0 run for the host that Stow couldn’t quite answer fast enough.
McKinley defended Stow star Lilee Carlson as well as anyone could expect to, holding her to a single point in the first 16 minutes. On a night where there were plenty of head scratchers for the team in maroon, they kept fighting. They cut McKinley’s largest lead of 10, to a single possession. A Carlson bucket and a foul gave Stow a chance to tie at the end but a traveling on a clean corner three in the last second ended the threat.
Carlson came out tough in the second half and showed her well rounded game. She hit multiple treys, got to the foul line, and showed on great footwork in the paint on her way to 17 points. Krista McDowell added nine off the bench while Chmielewski and Adams added 7 a piece. Kyla Foster chipped in 10 for the pups while Paris Stokes added 8.
Both Bulldogs are now 1-1 on the season with the next games kind of up in the air. Both teams have an opponent scheduled for Wednesday that can’t play as of now.