By Brian Besch
Needing a win in district play, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs pulled off a 62-56 victory over the Pineywoods Christian Academy Timberwolves Friday on the north side of Polk County.
The competition was a tight one throughout and the Timberwolves held a few different leads in the game. However, the Bulldogs answered every time.
Each team was down a few players and both would need others to step into bigger roles.
“It was a good win. Both teams were down (a few players), so I knew it was going to be a battle,” Corrigan coach Andrew Kirkindoff said. “You could tell the inexperience in some places, but I told them that mistakes are going to happen during the game, but you have to continue to keep pushing. I think they did that and I told them in the locker room that this is nothing but a learning experience for us. I am just happy that we got the win.”
Corrigan-Camden’s offense moved the ball well in the first half, and especially in the first quarter, when they scored 19 points. The team played unselfish, patient ball, resulting in some easier buckets.
“We did and I think we went away from it,” Kirkindoff said. “My message to them before the game was that your main focus is to remain focused. I think we lost focus within that time (in the second half). In order for us to be a good team, we can’t do that.”
Fouls were a large influence on the outcome, as the Bulldogs went to the line for 15 attempts in the fourth period alone.
Tra Thomas led the game with 28 points, doing the most damage in the fourth quarter with 10. Michael Kenney scored 10 and Javarion Williams did the same, but Williams was equally impactful disrupting Timberwolves’ ball handlers. Bryce Lawrence had seven points after coming up from the junior varsity.
The win is the first in league play for the ‘Dogs, but Kirkindoff believes his team will improve in the second half of district to become a postseason factor.