LAUREL – The Ekalaka Bulldogs girls basketball team trailed by one at half but outscored Bridger 32-5 in the third quarter to take home the 70-40 victory and lock up a berth in the Southern C championship game.
The game could not have started any better for the Scouts. Bridger shot 53 percent in first half and held the Bulldogs to only 18 percent shooting, as the Scouts led 23-22 after one half of play.
The saving grace for Ekalaka in the first half was 10 made free throws. The halftime speech worked wonders, though, as the Bulldogs blitzed the Scouts right out of halftime.
Ekalaka took the lead early in the third and never looked back. The Bulldogs won the third by 27 points and took their largest lead of the game at 34 points with just a few minutes remaining.
The Bulldogs shot 41 percent in the second half and canned five triples to account for the huge charge.
Whitney Kittelmann led four Bulldogs in double figures with 15 points, while Heather LaBree added 12. Emily Adkins led Bridger with 20 points on the night.
Ekalaka will face Wibaux for the Southern C championship on Saturday night.