By Kelsie Hoitomt
After three straight losses to begin conference play, the Boyceville girls’ basketball team celebrated their first Dunn-St. Croix Conference victory last Tuesday night (Dec. 16) after they beat Mondovi 52-34 at home.
That was a great start to a long week and the Bulldogs just kept winning.
Boyceville followed the Mondovi win with two more road victories. The Bulldogs bested Spring Valley 56-34 on Thursday night, December 18 and knocked off Plum City/Elmwood the very next evening (Dec. 19) in Plum City by a score of 41-28.
Home win over Mondovi
Senior Alexa Peterson was the Bulldogs’ ticket to the win against the Buffaloes.
Peterson was hot from every spot on the court as she nailed four triples, connected on both of her free throws and scored a 2-point basket to finish with 16 points.
She, along with teammate Cassie Malean, started the game with a three and a double in the first period, for ten of the Bulldogs 17 points.
Shyanne Marlett, Morgan Kuhn and Brooklyn Hellmann each scored two-point baskets and Madysn Riek hit a free throw to put the Bulldogs ahead of the Lady Buffaloes 17-5 after the first.
Both scores were a wash in the second period as Boyceville and Mondovi each netted ten points to give the Bulldogs a 27-15 lead going into the half.
Hellmann put in seven of the Bulldogs’ ten points converting on a three, two free throws and a double. Kuhn scored a free throw and Marki Lagerstrom dropped in one basket as well.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Bulldogs continued their offensive assault with several big shots taken and made from around the court.
Peterson shined in the opening minutes of the second half with a three pointer that put the Bulldogs ahead by 20 points, with the scoreboard reading 41-21.
Peterson drained three triples in the third period. Morgan Kuhn and Jenna Beyrer each added a three before the third-period buzzer rang.
The Bulldogs played their best game in the third period with 19 total points scored compared to ten for the Buffaloes. Hellmann and Malean added baskets in the frame.
That gave Boyceville a lead of 21 going into the fourth period with the score at 46-25.
There was a lull in first minute and a half of the fourth period with no baskets made.
Finally near the 6:30 mark, the Buffaloes punch the ball through for two.
The Bulldogs put up just one double, which came from Malean otherwise it was all free throw shooting with two coming from Peterson and one each by Malean and Lagerstrom.
The Bulldogs kept the ball away from the hoop and swung it around the arc in order to control the clock and keep the game lead in their favor.
The period ended with the ball in Peterson’s hands and final score of 52-34 in Boyceville’s favor.
Peterson’s 16 points were an overall game high. Hellmann followed her with 11 from her three doubles, one triple and she went two-for-two at the line.
Malean finished with ten points from three doubles, one triple and one free throw. Kuhn was next with six points from her one double, one triple and one free throw.
Jenna Beyrer and Lagerstrom each had three points. Beyrer had a triple while Lagerstrom had one double and one free throw. Marlett had one double on the night and Riek finished with her one free throw.
Cardinals pawed down
The Bulldogs road to victory over the Cardinals started with the six point lead of 11-5 in the first period.
Kuhn came out strong with two triples and Peterson dropped in one herself. Hellmann finished with a two-point shot.
The Cardinals stepped up their game slightly in the second period, but the Bulldogs stayed consistent to nip their host 11 points to nine in the period.
Peterson again dropped a three and Kuhn and Marlett each scored a pair of baskets.
Out of the break, the Bulldogs were alive on the court with their momentum in high gear.
Lagerstrom lit up the hoop with two triples, Malean and Riek each had a double and Peterson dropped in two free throws and followed that with a three pointer.
The fourth period was a Bulldogs blow out with 18 points scored, nine of which came from Kuhn after she started with two free throws, then a triple, then two more free throws, followed by a double and then one more free throw.
Malean was aggressive under the net with two doubles. Lagerstrom hit one more triple and Riek had a free throw for the rest of the team’s points.
Kuhn scored her season high with 20 points posted from three triples, five free throws and three doubles.
Peterson followed with 11 from her three triples and two free throws and then it was Lagerstrom with nine from her three triples.
Malean finished with six from three doubles. Marlett had two doubles, Riek had the one double and one free throw and Hellmann had one double.
Road trip to PC
The Bulldogs wrapped their busy but successful week with a trip to Plum City on Friday.
The game started off a bit slow with 14 points scored all together in the first period.
The Bulldogs led 9-5 with Kuhn staying hot from the night before with a triple and a double.
Marlett also hit a jump shot and Malean drained both her free throws after missing five from the night before.
The four-point difference turned into a three point deficit for the Wolves going into the half time break with the score at 18-15.
The Bulldogs posted nine points again with two free throws from Riek and one by Lagerstrom. Malean, Peterson and Marlett each took turns scoring shots from under the net.
The low scoring affair continued in the second half with the Wolves posting just five points in the third period and then eight in the fourth.
The Bulldogs outscored them with 11 in the third and 12 final points in the fourth for the 41-28 victory.
Peterson hit two triples and Riek had two free throws. Abbey Bird who has been sitting out the past few games, played three periods and made her first shots, which was a three pointer in the third.
The game ended with Kuhn scoring two doubles, Marlett and Riek each had one and Peterson and Malean each had two free throws.
Peterson was the points leader with ten from her two triples, two free throws and one double. Kuhn was one point behind with nine from her three doubles and one triple.
Marlett, Riek and Malean each had six points. Marlett had three doubles, Riek had one and was four-for-four from the line and Malean went four-for-four from the line as well and had one double.
Bird had her one triple and then Lagerstrom was counted for one free throw.
The Bulldogs will be off the court throughout the holiday and are scheduled to resume on Monday, January 5 with a game at home against Cameron.
They will then play host to St. Croix Central that Thursday (Jan. 8).