Lapel - Class 2A-No. 10 Lapel’s girls basketball mostly rolled over its first six opponents, but encountered its toughest foe to date Saturday, Dec. 14 – 2A-No. 7 Cardinal Ritter.
It also seemed the Bulldogs were playing against themselves, as a slew of turnovers and missed shots, particularly free throws, helped send Lapel to its first defeat, 54-50.
The game was played at the old Doghouse at Lapel Middle School, as the high school gym was being used for wrestling.
The Bulldogs committed 23 turnovers, including nine in a third quarter in which both teams scored only five points.
Lapel also struggled at the foul line, making just 13-of-26 attempts.
But the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to close the first half and took a 28-26 lead into the break, and the game went back-and-forth before Ritter went in front to stay at the midpoint of the final period.
“I thought we played with great heart (Saturday) and so did Ritter,” Lapel coach Kevin Brattain said. “It was a physical, knockdown game from the get-go.