By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville basketball team opened their season at home against the Elk Mound Mounders on Thursday night where they took one on the chin in a 36-62 loss.
“We did not take care of the ball very well and had way too many turnovers to compete against a quality team like Elk Mound,” said head coach Jay Lagerstrom.
Suiting up for the Bulldogs were Michael Lagerstrom, Jordan Kuhn, Brady Schutts, Ryan Williams, Mitch Leach, Tyler Draeger, Zach Klassen and Justin Schulz.
“We don’t have a lot of experience at the varsity level and will have some struggles this early in the year,” explained coach Lagerstrom.
The Bulldogs scored nine points in the first quarter on a three-pointer by Lagerstrom, a deuce by Kuhn and Klassen and two free-throws by Williams.
Six points were scored in the second quarter on three, two-pointers by Leach for a first half score of 15-34.
The third quarter was lackluster as well as they scored another nine points, five of which came from Lagerstrom and two points each from Kuhn and Leach.
The fourth quarter performance was a little more aggressive as the Bulldogs scored 12 points. Lagerstrom collected two free-throws and a three-pointer. Schutts had five free-throws and Leach made a basket for two-points.
Lagerstrom led the game for the Bulldogs with a total of 13 points and Leach followed with 10 points.
The majority of the Mounder’s 62 points were collected from Zac Doll who had 14 points, Nick Heit with 11 points and Dexter Curry had 10 points.
“The boys played hard but we are short personnel due to injuries and we have had a hard time duplicating the speed of which we have to play at the varsity level,” said coach Lagerstrom.
The Bulldogs will take the court again after the Thanksgiving holiday when they host Plum City on November 27 at 7:30 p.m.