BOYCEVILLE — Trailing by 19 points at the intermission of their conference basketball opener, the Boyceville girls tried to stage a comeback as they scored the first nine points of the second half to cut the Colfax lead to 23-13 just three and a half minutes into the third quarter.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs scored just four more points the remainder of the contest.
Colfax, the Dunn-St. Croix’s defending champion, regained control and netted the next nine points to re-establish it’s 19-point advantage and then went on to outscore Boyceville 14-4 in the final stanza for a convincing 44-17 victory in Boyceville last Tuesday evening, November 25.
The Lady Vikings (2-0 overall and in conference play) sank seven three-pointers including four from senior Dannielle Dachel, who led Colfax with a career high 17 points, in the winning effort.
That early second-half spurt proved to be Boyceville’s most productive offensive span of the game. The Bulldogs (0-2 overall, 0-1 in conference) struggled throughout much of the game to find their shooting touch, in close and from long-range.
The home loss stung even more when senior Abbey Bird, who made her season debut and the Bulldogs’ first two points (a pair of free throws) against the Vikings, aggravated her injured left knee in the first few minutes of action and did not play for the remainder of the game.
On the court, the Bulldog’s two points in the first quarter came from Bird, which put the score at 5-2 going into the second.
In the opening minutes of the second, the Vikings really took control of the game after Dachel hit a three-pointer and Ally Heidorn sank a free throw to make it 9-2.
Then Karina Wait hit a three and was fouled. She sank the free throw for the four-point play to give Colfax a 13-2 lead.
The Bulldogs had just two points again in the quarter, which came from a shot banked off the glass by Shyanne Marlett.
Out of the half, Lexi Peterson drained the the Bulldog’s first three of the contest. Marlett again bounced in a shot for two and Madysn Riek and Brooklyn Hellman each finished two for two at the foul line.
The nine points scored in the third put the Bulldogs down 32-13. The fourth quarter action saw just two baskets scored from the Bulldogs, which came from a double by Marlett and Morgan Kuhn.
As a team, the Bulldogs had four doubles, one triple and they went six for eight at the line. On the Vikings’ side, they had six doubles, seven triples and they made 11 out of 27 free throws.
The Lady Bulldogs had a break in play over the holiday weekend. Games resumed on Tuesday (Dec. 2) with a contest against Elk Mound.
Their next scheduled game is this Friday, December 5 against Cadott at 7:30 p.m.