By Kelsie Hoitomt
Last week, the Boyceville girls’ basketball team had to face off against the number two team in the Dunn-St.Croix, Elk Mound. They played on Tuesday night and lost 49-31, which dropped their record to 5-5.
They were then at home on Monday night for a non-conference contest against the Bloomer Blackhawks, which ended in a 33-30 win.
Elk Mound wins again
The Mounders bumped up their record to 10-1 with their only loss to Colfax, which is the number one team in the D-SC.
The game started with the Bulldogs ahead by two points with the score at 8-6 with sophomore Brooklyn Hellmann leading the way by her one double and one triple. Shyanne Marlett knocked a shot in as well and Lexi Peterson had a free throw.
The Mounders woke up from their slumber in the second quarter and went off the grid with 20 points scored against the Bulldog’s nine for a 26-17 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs made four free throws between Cassie Malean and Madysn Riek and then had a triple by Hellmann and a double from Morgan Kuhn before the buzzer rang.
McKenna McVay was on fire for the Mounders with two doubles in the second quarter to start and then she went off with four in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs were unable to stop her and score points of their own, which led to a 37-24 deficit after the third quarter.
They scored seven points out of the half with a three by Bird, a double from Marlett and two free throws from Kuhn.
The game ended with Malean leading the team in the fourth quarter. She scored a double, then made a free throw before ending with another two-point basket for five of their seven total points.
Marlett made the other double for the team.
Hellmann led in points with eight from her two triples and one double. Malean followed with seven from two doubles and three free throws.
Marlett had three doubles for six. Kuhn had one double and two free throws for four. Bird had her one triple. Riek had the two free throws and Peterson had her one free throw.
Close call at home
The match up against the Bloomer Blackhawks was a good one Monday night with the game a close race until the very last seconds.
The Blackhawks came to Boyceville from the Heart O’ North Conference where they are currently 9-2 and 11-5 overall.
They were aggressive the majority of the game with a lot of pressure applied that caused the Bulldogs to turnover the ball countless times in the first half.
There were many fundamental errors that could have cost the Bulldogs the game with poor passes and travels, but they persevered in the end.
The contest started with the Bulldogs ahead 10-6 with seven of the points coming by free throws. Kuhn made four out of four baskets, Riek had three herself and then Peterson knocked a triple in.
The second quarter was a wash with both teams posting seven points. Kuhn hit a three pointer and then turned around and knocked down another from the same spot, which put the score at 17-8.
Turnovers allowed the Blackhawks to score five unanswered points for the 17-13 score at the half.
Out of the break the Blackhawks took their first lead, before the score tied at 21s and then again at 23s. The quarter ended with both teams sitting at 25 points.
To open the fourth quarter, Bloomer made the first basket for a 27-25 lead, but that ended quickly after Peterson drained a three.
Malean then followed that up with a three of her own from the side of the court. From there on out the Bulldogs controlled the clock and led the game.
Peterson and Riek each made one free throw in the final minute of play. The Blackhawks had the ball with ten seconds left, but their shot bounced off the glass and Marlett secured the win with the rebound.
As a team, the Bulldogs made only three two-point baskets and then they had five triples and a total of 12 free throws out of 18.
The Blackhawks had eight doubles, one triple and they finished 11 for 14 from the line.
On the court, Kuhn led for the team with ten points from her two triples and four free throws.
Then it was Peterson and Riek with eight points each; Lexi had two triples and two free throws and Madysn had two doubles and four free throw.
Marlett finished with one double and two free throws for four and Malean had her one triple.
Next on the schedule for the Bulldogs is their Coaches vs Cancer game that will be this Thursday, February 5 against Glenwood City.
They will then be on the road next Tuesday, February 10 against Mondovi.