By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Lady Bulldogs hosted the Somerset Spartans for a non-conference game last Friday night, January 3 and won the contest 49-33.
The Spartans entered the game with an overall record of 1-7 so far this season. They finished 1-13 in their Middle Border Conference last year.
The Bulldogs started the game off with the first points on the board, but the Spartans were quick on the trigger and took their own lead after a three by Tori Martell.
April Lake followed with a free throw to push the team ahead by one point, but the first quarter continued to be a toss up between the two teams.
Lake drained two inside shots and four free throws to score eight of the team’s ten points in the opening eight minutes. The Spartans also posted ten points to knot the game.
It stayed an even match-up in the second quarter with both teams battling for the lead with the Bulldogs down 14-15 and then up at 16-15 and 18-15 with three minutes left on the clock after a basket from Lake.
Lake continued on a tear from under the basket with eight points scored in the second quarter, which aided the Bulldogs’ five point lead at the half of 22-17.
The Bulldogs posted 12 points in the second with two-point shots also from Abbey Bird and Morgan Kuhn.
The Bulldogs furthered their point lead by one in the third quarter after posting 13 points against the Spartans’ 12 to put the score at 35-29.
Alexa Peterson drained the Bulldogs’ first three-point basket and Jenna Beyrer, Kennedy Hellmann and Lake put down doubles for the team.
The Bulldogs continued to be active in the final eight minutes with 14 points posted; despite a two minute period where neither team scored.
Bird was hot on the offense for the Bulldogs with 12 points posted from five inside shots and two free throws.
The Lady Bulldogs played smart defense and covered the ball, which allowed the Spartans to finish with four points from just two baskets to put the final score at 49-33.
The duo of Lake and Bird accounted for 40 of the team’s 49 points. Lake finished with 20 points from eight doubles and four free throws. Bird had 20 points as well from nine doubles and two free throws.
Peterson followed with three points from her triple and Cassie Malean, Kuhn and Hellmann each had two points.
The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action this Thursday, January 9 with a game on the road against the Elk Mound Mounders at 7:30 p.m.
They will also be playing this Saturday (Jan. 11) at home against Plum City starting at 2:30 p.m.