Lady Bulldogs fall to Kennedy, 56-47

By: Matt Long
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Things were going so well for Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball game Tuesday night until the team got bitten by the turnover bug. In the first round of the Trojan Toss Up, the Lady Bulldogs were leading Kennedy 25-16 with just less than three minutes to play in the first half before the Cougars scored eight straight points to end the half trailing by only one, 25-24. Things didn’t get much better in the second half. While the team stayed close to Kennedy, they couldn’t overcome their turnovers and dropped the game, 56-47. “Our inability to maintain our poise was a big difference in the game,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “They switched from a zone press to a man press and we let the pressure get to us. We also didn’t hit our free throws down the stretch.” There was one other problem for the Lady Bulldogs and that was Kennedy’s 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore Lynette Johnson, who scored 33 of her team’s 56 points. “She’s an all-Metro player for a reason,” Wolking said. The loss put a damper on a fine game from Folsom senior Brenna Crandell, who scored 19 points and kept the Lady Bulldogs in the game. Courtney Wolking added 11, while Julie Orr scored seven and Jenny Hackelman added six on a pair of three-pointers. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made because we’re a lot better now than we were over the summer,” Wolking said, “but we have to be able to beat a team like Kennedy to be able to compete in our league.” Folsom will face either Christian Brothers or Bella Vista tomorrow at 5:15 p.m.