Kaitlyn Ellis

Kaitlyn Ellis nails a basket for Bay Springs against Heidelberg Saturday night.

The Bay Springs Lady Bulldogs had a great weekend during the Bay Springs Christmas Classic Tournament. After dismantling Scott Central, 51-30, Friday, head coach Nedra Hosey's girls were back in action Saturday evening, facing cross-county rival Heidelberg. The Bulldogs didn't miss a step and dominated the Oilers in a 57-36 outcome.

Hosey liked what she saw from her team Saturday on the court, but knows they have to get better going forward.

“I think we had a pretty good transition on offense [against Heidelberg]. We got rebounds and were able to hit our layups,”she said. “I expect for us to come to practice next week and get tougher. I don't think we are tough. A lot of teams out-hustle us, and that is something we are going to have to work on when we come back from the holidays.”

Bay Springs had earned a 34-11 advantage over Heidelberg by halftime on the shooting of Hailee Nixon and Kaitlyn Ellis, while Jaliyah Shelby and others did a lot of work pulling down rebounds. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 45-18 by the fourth period and cruised through the final with some younger players getting playing time.

Hosey said she doesn't particularly like rivalry games, and is glad her team left the court with a win.

“They make me nervous,” she said with a smile. “Anything can happen during a rivalry game.”

Nixon was the game's high-point producer with 17. Ellis finished with 15 points, and Shelby and Kaleigh Hosey, and Samya Hamilton all scored 6 points for Bay Springs.

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