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PORTAGEVILLE -- The Portageville Lady Bulldogs basketball team got their season off to a good start Monday night as they toped the Lady Rams of Scott City 72-48.
"I was really pleased with our ladies' performance tonight," said Portageville coach Eric Ellerbrook. "Our girls played good, selfless ball and really just did a great job of getting everyone involved. It was a good team effort."
The Lady Rams matched up well with the Lady Bulldogs for most of the game. However, a second quarter collapse by Scott City, due greatly to Portageville's defense and quickness, helped elevate the Lady Bulldogs to a com- fortable 43-18 lead going into the half.
Portageville outscored Scott City 27-5 in the second quarter, which proved to be the dagger in the Lady Rams' side as they were unable to recover against Portageville's consistent play throughout the game.
"We really pushed the ball well in the second quarter," said Ellerbrook. "We kind of got a little tired at the end but overall I felt we showed great hustle."
Portageville was lead by the scoring of junior Brittney Walker (27 points) and senior Kellye Penn (23 points).
The Lady Bulldogs' next match up will be tonight as they travel to Malden to take on the Lady Green Wave. Junior varsity will begin at 6 p.m.
In junior varsity action the Lady Bulldogs also got their season off on the right foot beating the Lady Rams 36-27. Ronesha Ray was Portageville's leading scorer with 20 points.