By Kelsie Hoitomt
HAMMOND — The Boyceville girls basketball team wrapped up their regular season of play last Thursday with a road trip to St. Croix Central High School.
The Bulldogs settled for a 6-8 record in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference after losing in a close fourth quarter battle to the Panthers; 44-40.
The Bulldogs started out with big shots in the first quarter off the bat with a trey knocked down by Brooklyn Hellmann and one from Lexi Peterson as well.
Cassie Malean worked the inside with two shots pushed in, which put the Bulldogs on the board with ten points.
They trailed by one to start the game and then by six at the half with the score at 25-19 after the Panthers played their best offensive game. They posted 14 points to the Bulldogs’ nine before the half.
Malean scored her first trey and followed it up with a double, Madysn Riek made a shot and Morgan Kuhn sunk two free throws.
Out of the half the Bulldogs were back in action. They kicked it into high gear and took a lead with Malean, Peterson and Abbey Bird going for broke with big shots scored from each of them.
Riek pushed in her second double and Kuhn scored her first for 13 total points against the Panther’s six in the third quarter.
The Lady Dogs sure gave it their best in the final eight minutes, but it came down to just a couple more doubles made by the Panthers for the win.
It was all free throws for the Bulldogs with nine attempts and six made. Bird also had a two point shot to round out the Bulldogs’ final eight points.
The Panthers put up 13 points with four free throws out of 11 made and then one trey and two doubles.
The Panthers could have run away with a larger lead, but their poor free throw shooting kept the contest close. They finished with nine free throws made out of 25 and they had 13 doubles and three treys.
As for the Bulldogs, they finished with six doubles, six treys and they were near perfect from the line with eight free throws of 11 made.
Malean led in points with 16 from her three doubles and two triples and she finished four of five on foul shots.
Peterson and Bird followed with six each; Peterson had two treys and Bird had her one double, one trey and one free throw.
Riek finished with two doubles and one free throw for five. Kuhn had the one double and two free throws for four and Hellmann had her one triple.
The Bulldogs entered the Regional tournament without one of their leading shooters from under the net, Shyanne Marlett, due to a knee injury.
The played in Glenwood City Tuesday night and the winner of the contest will go to Colfax this Friday for the second Division 4 Regional game.