White Hall fell at home 55-52 Thursday night to the Sylvan Hills Bears in the final game of the season for the Bulldogs.

While the Bulldogs only won four games this year, head coach Marc Stringer said he was proud of the effort put out by the team.

“I thought we got better as the season went along,” Stringer said. “We played some tough competition, and we played hard. I’m proud of them because I thought they came out and competed, and that is all I can ask of them.”

The Bears outscored the Bulldogs 10-2 in the first four minutes of the opening quarter, to include hitting three-of-four from the free throw line after White Hall senior Koby Drake was hit with a technical foul with 5:30 remaining in the quarter. Nick Smith led the Bears in scoring in the first quarter with 10 points, while Zavion Jackson led the Bulldogs with four.

The second quarter was an entirely different story, though, as the Bulldogs outscored the Bears 15-0. Jackson led the Dogs with 8 points in the quarter as the Bulldogs enjoyed a 21-20 lead at the half.

“One thing that we try to instill is to not give up,” Stringer said. “Just keep fighting, and don’t give up no matter what the score is.”

The third quarter was evenly matched, with the Bears gaining a 38-37 advantage at the end. Korinthian Thomas and Hunter Reed paced the Bulldogs along the way. Thomas scored seven in the third quarter, while Reed scored five. Jackson added four more to his points total as well.

The final quarter was a battle between both squads. Thomas added 10 more points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring while Jackson and Reed added three more points each, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win as the Bears went 7-of-13 from behind the charity stripe once the Bulldogs got into foul trouble.

Korinthian Thomas led the Bulldogs with 20 points, followed by Zavion Jackson with 18 points, and Hunter Reed with 7.

With the loss, the Bulldogs finished the year with a 4-21 (2-12 5A-Central) record.