The Lady Bulldogs played two games this past week and the outcome was not in their favor as they lost to Somerset last Tuesday and then to Glenwood City on Thursday.
Their week started off with the road trip to Somerset, which ended in a 50-28 final.
The Bulldogs trailed by just two points in first quarter with the score at 9-7 after Brooklyn Hellmann hit a three pointer and Morgan Kuhn and Cassie Malean each took shots from under the net.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs scored just two points over the Spartans’ eight for a 17-9 deficit at the half.
Shyanne Marlett and Madysn Riek were both fouled and given two shots with a basket a piece being scored for the Bulldogs’ points.
They improved their offense greatly in the second half with ten points scored in the second quarter and nine then in the fourth.
Somerset however, upped their game as well with 15 points in the third and 16 in the final.
Scoring in the third for the Bulldogs were Riek, Marlett and Peterson.
Riek had two free throws and a double. Peterson shot the second triple of the game and a free throw and Marlett had one shot from off the glass.
Kuhn was an offensive presence in the fourth quarter with a free throw and then two doubles scored.
Riek again was fouled and scored both of her shots and Marlett had one basket for the team’s nine final points.
All together, the Bulldogs put up seven doubles, two triples and they finished eight for 17 at the free throw line.
Kuhn and Riek led in points with seven each. Kuhn had the three doubles and one free throw and Riek had five out of ten free throws and a double.
Marlett finished with five points from two doubles and one free throw. Peterson followed with four points from one triple and one free throw. Hellmann had her one triple and Malean had the one double.
Against their conference competitors, the Bulldogs trailed 11-4 in the first quarter with Malean scoring the first basket.
Marlett then followed with a shot from under the net with 22 seconds left in the quarter.
The aggressive ball handling began in the second quarter with several fouls called.
Peterson drained a three pointer for the Bulldogs’ first points of the quarter and then Kuhn was fouled twice with two points coming from that.
Marki Lagerstrom was then grabbed and fouled, which gave her two shots on the line and she made both for a 13-11 score with 1:23 left in the half.
Then Hellmann was fouled before the Toppers hit a three pointer as the buzzer rang to put their led at 16-11.
Riek was the first player to reach the hoop in the third quarter and then Hellmann followed with a free throw shot.
The Bulldogs then closed the gap in the score when Kuhn hit back to back three pointers, which put them down 24-22 with under 40 seconds left to play.
Peterson then was fouled on the rebound with just over two seconds left and she made one shot for a four point deficit of 27-23.
Their momentum carried into the start of fourth quarter, which tied the ball game for the first time at 27s after Malean and Peterson broke away down the court for back to back layups.
This was short lived however as the Toppers answered back with seven straight points scored for a 34-27 lead with 2:45 left to play.
Malean then drove in two additional layups for a 38-32 score with 1:45 now on the clock. The Toppers maintained the upper hand however when three players were fouled and sent to the line.
The game ended with Peterson on the line for two and both of her baskets were made for the 45-36 final.
The Bulldogs’ 36 points came from eight doubles, eight free throws and four triples.
Kuhn led the team in points scored with 11 from her three triples and two free throws.
Peterson and Malean each finished with eight points with Cassie scoring four doubles and Lexi had one double, one triple and three free throws.
Marlett had two doubles, Lagerstrom went two for two at the line, Riek had one double and Hellmann had one free throw.
The Bulldogs were at home on Tuesday (Dec. 16) for a conference game against Mondovi and then they will be back on the road Thursday, December 18 for a contest against Spring Valley.
They are schedule for back to back games with another road trip planned the following night, Friday, December 19 in Plum City.