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Lady Bulldogs open Donnelly era with victory at Van-Far

Lady Bulldogs open Donnelly era with victory at Van-Far

November 29th, 2011 in News

VANDALIA - The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs needed just one game to equal their entire win total from the 2010-11 season.

Junior forward Jenna Boulger responded with 21 points and South Callaway made head coach Jim Donnelly's debut a successful one Tuesday night in the Lady Bulldogs' 44-37 season-opening victory over Van-Far.

"It was a pretty exciting time for these girls, to see their faces light up in the locker room," said Donnelly, who took over a South Callaway program that was a dismal 1-24 last season. "They're off to a good start and they played very well together."

Junior center Michaela Nolting also provided eight points for the Lady Bulldogs, who were in front 23-19 at halftime and 31-26 to start the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Taylor Howard contributed seven points.

"We moved pretty well without the basketball," Donnelly said. "At times, we looked really, really impressive, and at other times we were pretty stagnant."

Kasey Gatson directed Van-Far with a game-high 22 points.

"Defensively, we were very good," Donnelly said. "We did not give up a lot of second shots and we outrebounded Van-Far, which has some pretty big players."

South Callaway remains on the road with a trip to Bourbon at 6 p.m. Friday.