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Bloomer batters Boyceville girls

BLOOMER — Looking for a respite from a tough early-season conference schedule and an opportunity to pick up its second win of the season, the Boyceville girls’ basketball team traveled to Bloomer for a non-conference match-up Tuesday, December 22.

Instead, the Lady Bulldogs’ offensive woes continued as they were trashed 64-27 by the once-beaten Blackhawks, suffering their third straight loss and sixth setback in a seven-game pre-holiday schedule.

Boyceville, now 1-6 overall, will have the holidays off as it prepares for another non-conference road game in Cameron on Tuesday, January 5.

Boyceville’s shooting struggles were again evident in the game with Bloomer (6-1).

The Bulldogs connected on just 27 percent of its shots (10 of 37) in Bloomer December 22. It was even worse from three-point range, where they made just two of 15 attempts from behind the arc.

Conversely, Bloomer netted 25 baskets including nine triples accounting for a hefty portion of its 37-point margin of victory.

About the only category that Boyceville bested Bloomer in was free throws. There, the Bulldogs made five out of six tries compared to the Blackhawks’ five in nine attempts.

Bloomer jumped on Boyceville early outscoring the Bulldogs 18-6 in the early minutes of the opening half of play. A pair of Madysn Riek baskets and two free throws from Marki Lagerstrom accounted for Boyceville’s only scores during that span.

Danelle Score canned a pair of threes along with a two-point basket and a couple of free throws to lead the Blackhawks’ offensive charge. Jocelyn Zwiefelhofer added two triples and Justyne Burgess and Chandler Zwiefelhofer chipped in for six points a piece as Bloomer enjoyed a 30-16 halftime advantage.

It did not get any better in the second half for Boyceville.

A pair of Cassie Malean baskets was all the Bulldogs could muster in the first ten minutes of the second half as the Blackhawks extended its lead to 41-18 midway through the final half.

Morgan Kuhn sank two three-point baskets but Bloomer continued to add to its lead as it outscored Boyceville 23-7 in the final eight minutes of action. In that span, Bloomer scored a quartet of threes – Jocelyn Zwiefelhofer had two with Sidney Kostner and Aliya Seibel each adding one.

Only four Bulldogs scored in the contest. Malean was tops with ten points, Kuhn had eight, Riek finished with seven and Lagerstrom two.

Bloomer had twice as many players score with Score and Jocelyn Zwiefelhofer leading the way with 16 and 14 points respectively.

Emma Harnisch pulled down nine of the Bulldogs’ 25 rebounds and Jenna Beyrer tallied five.