By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville girls’ basketball team played on the road against Somerset last Tuesday and then hosted conference contenders, the Spring Valley Cardinals on Thursday.
The Bulldogs dominated both games as they beat the Spartans 50-37 and the Cardinals 50-31.
BV vs Cardinals
The girls stepped out onto the court Thursday night aggressive from the start as they scored 17 points in the first quarter and held the Cardinals to just five points.
The Bulldogs lead would continue throughout the entire game as the halftime score was 26-15 and 33-21 going into the final quarter.
It was a team effort all around with the leading shooters being Brooklynn Blaser with 11 points, Michaella Kegen with ten points and Abbey Bird and Kysa Franseen each had nine points.
Also scoring were Kennedy Hellmann with four points and Alexa Peterson, Anna Jenkins and April Lake each with two points.
As a team, the Bulldogs had an impressive night at the foul line as they made 16 baskets out of 20 attempts. Blaser was the most frequent at the line as she was nine for 11. Franseen was three for four, Hellmann was two for three and Kegen was two for two.
The Cardinals were not able to execute their shots at the line as they only made three out of 15 foul attempts.
“We got off to a really quick start offensively and did a great job defensively the first quarter. We were a little stagnant both offensively and defensively the second and third quarters and in the fourth seemed to find a spark. Once again we put them on the free throw line too many times giving them opportunities for easy points. We were fortunate they were unable to capitalize. Overall we played a solid game. Franseen and Kegen showed some really good play tonight along with Peterson on the defensive side of the ball,” explained coach Jolene Bird of the game.
BV vs Spartans
Tuesday nights game in Somerset was just as impressive with the Lady Bulldogs starting out on top with the score gap already at 31-18 by halftime and then 37-24 going into the final quarter.
“We started off offensively strong the first half. Lake and Bird did a lot of offensive damage in the first half both with the inside game and outside game. We came out sluggish in the third quarter and had trouble knocking down shots. Defensively we put them on the line too many times, giving them easy point opportunities,” shared coach Bird.
Bird and Lake were the duo of the night with the ball. Bird had 16 points from three triples, two deuces and was two for three at the foul line. Lake had 15 points from seven deuces and was one for five at the line.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Franseen with six points, Katelyn Merten with five points, Blaser with four points and Kegen and Hellmann each with two points.
The Lady Bulldogs’ next game will be played in Elmwood against the Raiders this Friday evening starting at 7:30 p.m.