By Kelsie Hoitomt
MONDOVI – The Boyceville girls’ basketball team suffered a blow to the chin against the Mondovi Buffaloes last Thursday night with a 48-26 loss.
It was an ugly game for three straight quarters with the Bulldogs scoring just seven points in the first half with five points in the first and two in the second.
Aside from their offense, the Buffaloes were quick to react on defense as well. They intercepted several passes and were able to reach inside and steal the ball away and score, which aided in their win.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs were on the board first after they were fouled by the Buffaloes and Shyanne Marlett drained a free-throw shot.
Abbey Bird followed a basket and two more free-throws to give the Bulldogs their first five points. It was Bird again and Morgan Kuhn in the second quarter that scored the team’s two points.
However, the game was no different coming out of the locker room for the Bulldogs as they posted just two more points in the third quarter from more free-throws by April Lake and Cassie Malean.
With the score at 39-9, the starters on the Buffaloes team were put on the bench going into the fourth quarter.
This move quickly changed the pace of the game as the Bulldogs were able to finally get the ball inside and into the basket.
The Bulldogs posted 17 points, including the team’s first three-point shot from Bird. Bird followed with two freethrows and two baskets for nine points in the final eight minutes.
Lake also contributed to their scoring with two inside baskets and two freethrows. Kuhn also had her first basket of the night, aside from the foul shot.
11 out of 26 of the Bulldogs’ points were scored from free-throws; they had 21 attempts at the line.
Bird led the team in points with 14 from one trey, three doubles and five free-throws. Following her was Lake with seven points from two doubles and three freethrows. Next was Kuhn with three points and Marlett and Malean each had one.
The Lady Bulldogs will regroup with a break in the schedule now due to winter break. They will be back on the court on January 3 to host Somerset at 7:30 p.m.