The Boyceville girls had a hard time getting the ball in the basket when they traveled to face their old nemesis the Colfax Vikings last Friday night. Although neither team was blistering the bucket, Boyceville was held to single digit scoring in the first three quarters resulting in a 47-35 loss. After an earlier loss to Plum City, the Bulldogs now have two in the conference loss column.
Colfax took a 2-0 lead after two minutes of play and it took the Bulldogs until the 3:30 mark of the quarter to light up the scoreboard as Brooklyn Blaser knocked down a pair of free throws to knot it up. The Vikings Hannah Hover and Bulldog Alexa Peterson traded three pointers but Colfax finished off the quarter with four points for a 9-5 lead. Boyceville had seven empty possessions in the quarter as a result of missed shots or turnovers off the Colfax press.
The Vikings went on a seven point run before April Lake stopped it with a bucket in the paint and added a free throw on the play, putting Boyceville down 19-8, and a Blaser deuce and a put back by Lake off her own missed shot left Boyceville down at the half 23-12.
“We didn’t get a lot of open shots but when we did, we didn’t hit them,” Boyceville coach Jolene Bird said. “You can’t fall behind a team like Colfax and make up ground unless you make your shots.”
Both teams spent a lot of time on the floor going after loose balls from sloppy passes, but the Bulldogs suffered the most as they again scored only five points on Abbey Bird’s first bucket of the game, a free throw by Michaella Kegan and a deuce from Katelyn Merten. Meanwhile the Vikings put up 12 points and held a 35-17 lead heading into the final quarter.
After trailing by as much as 21 points, the Bulldogs had a wake up call and fought back to get within 10 points with just over a minute left. Kysa Franseen picked up six points with two shots from close range and two free tosses, Kennedy Hellmann canned a deuce after hitting a triple earlier in the quarter, Blaser connected on a free toss, and Lake and Kegan both scored in the paint, as they outscored the Vikings 18-12 in the quarter. It was too late for a complete comeback however.
“We have a young team and we are offensively challenged,” Bird said. “Although we are never happy with a loss, losing to Colfax by 12 points after being down by over 20 showed me we are making progress.”
The Bulldogs finished seven of 15 from the foul line and Lake was the high scorer for her team with seven points.
BOYCEVILLE (35) FG-FTM-FTA-PTS:Lake 3-1-2-7, Franseen 2-2-4-6, Blaser 1-3-4-5, Kegan 2-1-3-5, Hellmann 2-0-0-5, Peterson 1-0-0-3, Bird 1-0-2-2, Merten 1-0-0-2
COLFAX (47) M. Doucette 6-2-2-17, R. Prochnow 6-0-0-13, H. Hover 2-1-1-6, A. Rudi 0-3-6-6, B. Steen 1-3-6-6 C. Olson 1-0-1-2
THREE POINTERS: Doucette 3, Peterson 1, Hellmann 1, Hover 1, Prochnow 1, Steen 1