There's not much to say about the Bulldogs' victory other than total domination. They beat Mize by 41 points and were up 48 in the third quarter. Senior Anthony Wheaton led Bay Springs with 12 points, and just about everyone but the managers scored. Mize is a solid team, but they had a tough time stopping Bay Springs. That's a good sign for defending 2A champion head coach Corey Mackey.
Mackey is truly in a rebuilding stage with this young Bulldog team, but he might have them believing in themselves when it matters most...playoffs. "That's what I've preaching to my kids. Preseason games don't matter. Basketball doesn't start until February, and that is when the Bulldogs need to be playing their best basketball," he noted.
This year has not been quite as dominating as tonight's performance. The Bulldogs have yet to win over Heidelberg or Taylorsville, but Mackey knows that basketball comes down to who has the hot hand at the right time. He added to his 2020 methodology by saying, "I think we are in a great position. We've lost games we shouldn't have lost. Right now we are clicking at the right time, and this young team can go far in the playoffs. It's all about our mindset at this point."
Bay Springs sits in the third spot of Region 5-2A. Heidelberg is the hunted, and they look unbeatable right now. Taylorsville has not seen victories over Bay Springs since some guy named Billy Hamilton burned the nets of 2A basketball. This sets the stage for a huge rivalry game Thursday night in Taylorville. Mackey had this to say about the match-up, "We are gonna be prepared for Thursday. It's a big deal right now. Taylorsville is known for football. You play a team for all the years we have played, eventually one will beat the other. They are a good team. They beat us twice this year, but we know what it takes to win. We just need to focus on what we need to do."
Mackey is the first and only men's coach to win the "Gold Ball" for Bay Springs, and he has done it twice. No matter what type of rebuilding he has to do, the target will sit on the Bulldogs' backs until they are sent home for the year. "When you win one championship, the expectations can be tough. People expect you to win it every year. We only have two kids on this team that played in the state championship game. So, I knew we would take our lumps. It was about me keeping these kids together. I'm very proud of this team," he said. No time to panic for the Bulldogs. They could be the team to watch that makes anyone in 2A nervous. Watch out if their shooters get hot. An upset or two could be brewing in 2A this week.