The Woodridge girl basketball team came into the season hoping to retain the Portage Trail Conference County Division title or at least a share of it.
But now that hope hinges on the Bulldogs stringing together a lot of victories and some luck.
The Bulldogs are 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the division after losing to Waterloo 53-33 on Jan. 9.
Head coach Chris Esterak said the Bulldogs are in must-win territory when it comes to the division championship.
"I told the girls that we have dug ourselves a big hole. The only way we can win it is if we win out and we do play Southeast Wednesday night," Esterak said. "We did our best to come back in the third quarter, but Waterloo jumped on us early and we could not come back."
In the loss, the Bulldogs only scored 13 points by halftime and trailed by 20.
"We tried to come back, but we couldn't get going. Waterloo came out firing on all cylinders," Esrterak said.
Lizzie Wilkinson scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Abbe Esterak had 10 points and six assists, while Kapri Watson and Kara Kelleher each had six points.
On Jan. 5, the Bulldogs eeked out a 33-31 win at East Canton. Wilkinson "gutted it out" according to Coach Esterak, scoring eight points. Watson scored 11 points and Esterak scored 10.
"It was an ugly win, but it was a win nonetheless," Esterak said.
The Bulldogs were set to host Windham Jan. 12, but results were not available at time.
On Jan. 16, the Bulldogs play at Southeast. On Jan. 19. Woodridge will host Mogadore.