Bulldogs strike early, take down Hillcrest
Only five years had passed, not the clichéd seven, but that didn’t lessen the urge to scratch the itch.
And that’s what Richards was able to do Friday night at D-Wade Court. Squaring off against perennial south suburban power Hillcrest in the South Suburban Conference opener for both schools, the Bulldogs showed that their Thanksgiving-week romp past four foes at the District 218 Tournament was no fluke.
They did so by shaking off the negative effects of both an uninspired week of practice and the Hawks’ 7-2 start to the contest. Once Richards moved ahead in the first quarter, it stayed there the rest of the evening, albeit with occasional Hillcrest threats thrown into the mix.
A series of free throws by returning football players Dedrick Shannon and Spencer Tears in the last half-minute finally slammed the door on the Hawks for good and sealed the deal on an 80-72 Bulldogs victory, their first over Hillcrest since January of 2009.