By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville girls’ basketball team went bird hunting last week and posted a pair of impressive home-court victories against winged foes including a 29-point win over Spring Valley last Thursday. The Spring Valley victory improved the Lady Bulldogs’ Dunn-St. Croix standing to 4-2, good for sole possession of third place, and kept them in the title chase along with front-runner Durand, Elk Mound and Colfax.
The Lady Dogs made short work of the Cardinals, breezing to a 56-27 victory at home on January 19. The girls took a short one-day respite to cheer on the boys’ team, who hosted Durand on Friday before both squads played a non-conference double-header against the Stanley-Boyd Orioles in Boyceville on Saturday, January 21.
The Orioles did not know what hit them, as the Bulldogs raced out of the gate and never looked back on their way to a huge 70-28 win. Boyceville is now 8-4 following the win over the Orioles.
The Bulldogs were slated to play another non-conference contest at Prairie Farm on Monday January 16, but the game was cancelled due to dangerous travel conditions.
Boyceville will face a pair of tough conference foes this coming week. Colfax was in Boyceville last night (January 24). Boyceville will then head to Elk Mound this Friday to take on the defending conference champs. The girls will then stay on the road as it wraps up the January schedule with a contest in Mondovi next Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs have played the Spring Valley Cardinals twice this season and beaten them both times. The first match-up, held December 2 in Spring Valley, was a 44-26 rout that gave Boyceville its first conference win of the season.
Things did not go much better for the Cards on January 19 when their wings were clipped by a 56-27 loss to the Dogs.
Boyceville led 19-9 at the half, and tacked on another 37 points in the second half to nearly double their scoring in the initial minutes of the game. On the other side of the court, Spring Valley could only score nine in the opening half, and picked up 18 more in the second half.
Senior Madysn Riek was the game’s highest-scoring player, sinking 17 points via six field goals and five free throws. Emma Harnisch followed Riek closely with 14 points after going four-for-four on charity shots and dropping in five field goals. Brooklyn Hellmann contributed four three-pointers for 12 points.
Cassie Malean contributed eight points, and Morgan Kuhn added another five to reach the team total of 56.
Cardinal senior Ally Lee was Spring Valley’s leading scorer with eight points.
SPRING VALLEY 27, BOYCEVILLE 56
Spring Valley……………………….9 18 — 27
Boyceville…………………………19 37 — 56
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Spring Valley (9-9-15-27) T. Huntress 1-0-4-2, S. Bune 3-1-3-7, S. Kaveh 0-0-1-0, K. Schreiber 1-4-2-6, A. Lee 2-4-2-8, A. Johansen 1-0-4-2, G. Larson 1-0-1-2.
Boyceville (12-14-13-56) R. Prestrud 0-0-2-0, B. Booth 0-0-1-0, C. Malean 0-5-3-8, M. Kuhn 1-0-2-5, M. Riek 6-5-2-17, E. Harnisch 5-4-3-14, B. Hellmann 0-0-0-12.
THREE-POINTERS B — C. Malean 1, M. Kuhn 1, B. Hellmann 4.
Boyceville coach Jolene Bird said the Lady Bulldogs had an excellent shooting day on January 21, even though they still struggled from the free throw line.
The combination of good shooting and consistency in both halves led to a 70-28 smashing of the Stanley-Boyd Orioles in the first game of a girls’/boys’ double header played at Boyceville High School.
The Bulldog girls were up 36-11 at the half, and scored another 34 to Stanley-Boyd’s 17 in the second half to cop an easy win over the Orioles. Senior Madysn Riek rained eight field goals on the Orioles and was four for six from the free throw line to take top scoring honors for both her team and the game.
Brooklyn Hellmann, also a senior, shot a trio each of field goals and three-pointers to take credit for 15 points. Cassie Malean scored 14 points, Emma Harnisch picked up 13, Morgan Kuhn contributed six, and Kylie Kruger scored on two free throws.
Stanley-Boyd’s top player was Ariana Mason, who scored 17 of the team’s 28 points.
STANLEY-BOYD 28, BOYCEVILLE 70
Stanley-Boyd…………………….11 17 — 28
Boyceville…………………………36 34 — 70
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Stanley-Boyd (9-4-19-28) K. McLoone 1-0-5-2, S. Anderson 2-0-3-4, K. Vircks 1-1-2-3, A. Mason 4-3-5-17, B. Noonan 0-0-1-0, H. Nichols 1-0-3-2.
Boyceville (19-11-8-70) R. Prestrud 0-0-1-0, C. Malean 1-3-0-14, M. Kuhn 1-1-1-6, K. Krueger 0-2-1-2, A. Retzloff 0-0-1-0, M. Riek 8-4-3-20, E. Harnisch 6-1-1-13, B. Hellmann 3-0-0-15.
THREE-POINTERS SB — A. Mason 2; B — C. Malean 3, M. Kuhn 1, B. Hellmann 3.