By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — For the Boyceville girls’ basketball team, there was no direction to go but up after the 52-30 beating it received from the Mounders at home on December 13.
The Lady Bulldogs turned around and proved December 20 that they can shake off a defeat and focus on the future by copping a 58-53 victory over former D-SC foe St. Croix Central. It was the first of two games the Boyceville girls played last week leading into the holiday break.
Head coach Jolene Bird and her team then hosted a “Battle of the Bulldogs” December 22 when they welcomed Chetek-Weyerhaeuser to their gym. The opposing team went home with its tail between its legs after a 64-23 Boyceville rout that set the team up with some nice momentum going into the holiday break.
The Lady Bulldogs remain at 2-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix and hold an overall record of 5-2. The team will have a break until January 3, when the Cameron Comets come to town.
St. Croix Central
A pair of three-point shots from Rachel Prestrud, some solid defensive shots, and going 12 for 16 on free throws in the second half proved enough to lift the Lady Bulldogs over the Panthers in their December 20 contest.
“It was a great win for our team,” coach Bird said. “Overall, all seven players contributed to this win.”
The Bulldogs did not pull into the lead until late in the second half of the game, and then Emma Harnisch fouled out with only three minutes left to play. The loss of the senior guard could have seriously damaged Boyceville’s chances, but Bird was pleased with how well the other players stepped up to fill the gap.
Morgan Kuhn took top scoring honors for the Lady Bulldogs by sinking four field goals and seven of eight free throws on her way to 15 points. Center Madysn Riek picked up 12 points, and Cassie Malean put in a three-point shot on her way to 10.
Prestrud hit a field goal, a pair of threes, and a free throw to take credit for nine points, Brooklyn Hellmann continued her three-point trend by putting in one from outside the arc and three free throws to log six points, Emma Harnisch picked up four points before leaving the game, and Brooklyn Booth was two for two on free throws.
St. Croix Central’s junior guard Mia Krogseng tallied 28 points to lead scoring for the game.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 53, BOYCEVILLE 58
St. Croix Central………………..31 22 — 53
Boyceville…………………………29 29 — 58
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
St. Croix Central (8-13-21-55) K. Cress 0-4-4-7, C. Moll 1-0-1-2, K. Kolter 0-0-2-0, M. Laventure 0-0-5-3, K. Juer 0-2-1-2, M. Krogseng 6-7-4-28, C. Frakiewicz 1-0-4-11.
Boyceville (15-16-17-58) R. Prestrud 1-1-2-9, B. Booth 0-2-2-2, C. Malean 3-1-2-10, M. Kuhn 4-7-2-15, M. Riek 5-2-2-12, E. Harnisch 2-0-5-4, B. Hellmann 0-3-2-6.
THREE-POINTERS SCC — M. Laventure 1, M. Krogseng 3, C. Frankiewicz 3; B — R. Prestrud 2, C. Malean 1, B. Hellmann 1.
It was a dog-eat-dog game December 22 in Boyceville when the Lady Bulldogs went up against another squad of Bulldogs at home. The Boyceville girls’ basketball team claimed a decisive 64-23 victory over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser girls to take a winning record into the second part of the season.
Boyceville, who trailed 9-3 in the early minutes of the contest, blew out C-W the rest of the way.
Morgan Kuhn and Emma Harnisch tied with 12 points apiece to lead scoring in the game. Cassie Malean and Madysn Riek shared another tie with nine points each, and a pair of Brooklyns – Hellmann and Booth – picked up a pair of sevens, taking credit for two of Boyceville’s four three-point sinkers during the game.
Rachel Prestrud and Alyx Bloom dropped in two field goals apiece to split eight points evenly between them.
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Aly Olson and Alyssa Ranney each scored five points to lead their team.
CHETEK-WEYERHAEUSER 23, BOYCEVILLE 64
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser………..14 9 — 23
Boyceville…………………….30 34 — 64
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
(6-5-16-23) A. Olson 0-2-3-5, M. Monnier 1-2-1-4, H. Castle 0-0-1-0, K. Guest 0-0-2-3, A. Ranney 2-1-3-5, M. Davis 1-0-2-2, R. Traczyk 2-0-3-4.
Boyceville (21-10-15-64) R. Prestrud 2-0-1-4, B. Booth 1-2-4-7, C. Malean 2-2-2-9, M. Kuhn 4-1-1-12, A. Bloom 2-0-0-4, M. Riek 4-1-3-9, E. Harnisch 4-4-2-12, B. Hellmann 2-0-2-7.
THREE-POINTERS C-W — A. Olson 1, K. Guest 1; B — B. Booth 1, C. Malean 1, M. Kuhn 1, B. Hellmann 1.