Sixth-ranked Bullis showcased defensive resiliency and effective, though often unpolished, offensive execution, but needed the fourth-quarter ballhandling of Kristina Lee to notch a 65-58 victory yesterday over host La Reine.
Lee's aggressive defense and inspired shooting in the final minutes allowed Bullis (16-0) to score seven straight points after the Royals (10-3) closed to 47-46 on a jumper by Kathy Joy. The Bulldogs scored on their next three possession after Joy's basket.
"We just didn't want to lose," said Lee, who had a three-point basket in the spree. "We all want to go undefeated and I was trying to do all I could to help us achieve that. This is my final year and I don't want to lose."
Lee scored a game-high 20 points after being sidelined for 1 1/2 weeks with a sprained ankle.
"Kristina has been out for two games and how she played today really shows you her character," said Bullis Coach Wayne Ferrell. "The girls showed that they have heart."
La Reine offered steadfast resistance thoughout the contest. The Royals relied on Deneeta Stewart -- who finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks -- to stay within 30-29 at halftime.
"I've basically told them in the locker room at halftime that this is where they show me what kind of team they are," Ferrell said. "I told them their shot was off so we had to play aggressive defense."
Bullis took a 5-1 lead before La Reine recovered.
Their guards were very strong and forced us into turnovers and bad passes," said Royals Coach Mike Petro. "It's a situation where if we were more experienced we wouldn't have made those mistakes. We have five sophomores and two freshmen in our ten."