By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville girls’ basketball team advanced to the second Regional game after beating the Cadott Hornets in overtime at home last Tuesday, March 4.
That win sent them into Viking territory on Friday night. They played the Division 4 number one seed Colfax Vikings and lost 59-21.
The Bulldogs’ road to victory at home started with a two point lead in the first quarter over the Hornets with the score at 8-6 with the help of April Lake, Shyanne Marlett and Abbey Bird.
The Hornets blew past the Bulldogs in the second quarter after they scored 19 points against their ten, which put the score at 25-18 going into the half time break.
The game tightened back up after the break when the Bulldogs outscored the Hornets by four, which put their deficit to just three points.
The Bulldogs trailed 35-32 after Lake hit two doubles and two free throws, Bird had two deuces and Morgan Kuhn and Cassie Malean knocked in a basket as well.
The fourth quarter is when the game heated up. The Bulldogs scored three more points in the quarter than the Hornets, which was enough to tie to the game at the buzzer, 46-46.
Kuhn hit a triple and a double, Peterson had a trey of her own, Lake had a deuce and Bird sunk three free throws to give the Bulldogs their 13 points and send them into overtime.
Overtime is where the Lady Bulldogs truly shined as they played calm and collected on both sides of the ball.
Their flawless defense allowed them to keep the Hornets away from the basket except for when one foul was called and Elizabeth Kyes was sent to the line. She scored one of her two shots for the Hornets only point in the OT.
The Bulldogs finished the game with nine final points posted with the help of Peterson who went four for four from the foul line. Bird also hit both her free throw shots and Malean had a double and a free throw of her own.
Lake played an exceptional game with her senior experience shining through. She led the team in points scored with 18 from her seven doubles and four free throws.
Bird followed with 11, Malean, Peterson and Kuhn each had seven and Marlett and Madysn Riek each had two.
The 2013-14 season ended on a sour note as the Bulldogs lost to the Colfax Vikings for the third time this year with the final score at 59-21.
The Vikings played a tough defensive game yet again, which kept the Bulldogs away from their own net. Frustration led the Lady Dogs to score just five baskets and nine free throws.
The Vikings took a ten point lead of 13-3 in the first quarter with Kuhn scoring the Bulldogs’ only points with a three point shot.
The score deficit increased to an 18 point difference at the half after the Vikings played their best offensive quarter in the second with 19 points scored against the Bulldogs’ 11.
Malean knocked in two doubles and Riek hit four out of four free throw attempts to give the team eight of their 11 points scored. Kuhn dropped in a deuce as well and Lake also contributed with a free throw.
The game officially took a turn downhill after the break when the Bulldogs scored just two points in the third quarter on free throws. Lake hit both of them to keep the team from being shut out.
The Vikings ran away with the game with 14 points scored in the third for a 46-16 lead and then their final 13 posted in the fourth for the win.
The Bulldogs ended the game with five points posted on a trey by freshman Brooklyn Hellmann and then a free throw from Marlett and Lake.
Kuhn led the team in points scored with five from her one triple and one double. Lake, Riek and Malean followed with four points each. Hellmann had three and Marlett had one.
The Bulldogs finished their season with a 9-7 record in the Dunn-St.Croix Conference; they have finished with a winning record for at least the last five years.
Lake wrapped up her senior year as the Bulldogs’ second leader in points per game scored with a 9.6 average. She led in rebounds for the team with 6.2 average.
In her career as a Bulldog, Lake played roughly 91 games with 193 two-point shots made, 120 free throws and five three-pointers for 550 points scored over the past four years.
Fellow senior, Kennedy Hellmann finished her high school career with roughly 48 games played and 26 doubles scored, 21 free throws and eight triples for a total of 102 total points scored.
“It will be hard to see April and Kennedy go. They have been very steady contributors to the program,” said coach Jolene Bird. “The returning players will need to put in a good summer of work to help us win some of those close games next year that didn’t go our way this year.”