By Kelsie Hoitomt
ELMWOOD — The Boyceville girls’ basketball team won a pair of Friday games – one prior to the Christmas Break and one after – as they knocked off Elmwood on the road, 50-30, on December 21 and then came back home Dec. 28 beat Osceola 50-40.
The Lady Bulldog’s had a make up game last Friday against the Osceola Chieftains after the Dec. 3 game was cancelled due to a snow storm.
The homestanding Bulldogs defeated the Chieftains 50-40 after a third quarter surge pushed the Bulldogs to a ten-point lead.
It was a close game in the first half with the Bulldogs ahead by one point in the first quarter and two points in the second with the score at 25-23 going into the half.
That surge in the third resulted in the Bulldog’s scoring 17 points with the Chieftains managing nine points and the score was 42-32 going into the final quarter.
“We had a very solid third quarter both offensively and defensively which helped us seal a win. Although some parts of the game appeared to be Christmas break like free throw shooting and turnovers, we did some good things defensively,” said coach Jolene Bird.
The Bulldog’s leading shooter of the night was Abbey Bird with 14 points from four deuces, one triple and she was three for seven at the line.
“Abbey was very solid in all areas of the game. She handled their press and distributed the ball very well. She also had eight defensive rebounds which was a key factor to not give them second shot.”
Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Kysa Franseen with 12 points, April Lake had 11 points, Brooklynn Blaser had seven points, Katelyn Merten had three points and Alexa Peterson had two points.
Take Down Raiders
The Bulldogs started off with a seven point lead in the first quarter. The Raiders tried to close the gap in the second after scoring 15 points, but that only put the score at 25-16 going into half time.
The Raiders lost all their momentum after the half and the Bulldogs were able to pull away and take the win after scoring 12 points in the third quarter and then 13 in the final.
April Lake dominated the court as she had one of her best games with a total of 21 points from nine deuces and she was three for four at the foul line. She also led the team in offensive rebounds with eight.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Kysa Franseen with eight points, Abbey Bird with six points, Michaella Kegen with five points, Brooklynn Blaser with four points and Kennedy Hellmann and Alexa Peterson each had three points.
As a team, the Bulldogs were 12 for 18 at free throws and they allowed the Raiders 11 attempts and eight of those were successful.
Blaser led the team in free throws with four out of five shots successful and she also had the team high in steals with four.
The Bulldogs will resume play on Thursday, January 3 at home against the St. Croix Central Panthers and then on Tuesday, January 8 they will host the Glenwood City Hilltoppers.