By Cara L. Dempski
The Bulldogs had lost a pair of conference games to two tough opponents – league leader Elk Mound and third-place Colfax – prior to taking a short trip south to meet the Mondovi girls’ squad last week.
The Lady Buffaloes extended Boyceville’s losing streak to three games, beating the Bulldogs 24-22 in a low scoring contest played Tuesday, January 31. The loss, however, seemed to galvanize the Lady Bulldogs, who stepped onto their home court last Friday, February 2 to take on the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves.
Boyceville prevailed in the Groundhog Day match up, bounding past the Wolves 49-30 after leading by just four at the intermission. The Bulldogs got back to .500 in the Dunn-St. Croix with the win, and are currently 5-5, good for fourth place, in league play and 9-7 overall for the season.
The Boyceville squad traveled to rival Glenwood City last evening (February 7) before kicking off a three-game homestand against those very same Mondovi Buffaloes this Friday, February 10. The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to host the Cadott Hornets on February 13.
The Lady Buffaloes, fresh off a road loss to previously winless Glenwood City on January 27, were able to shut down the Bulldogs’ offense in a conference tilt played in Mondovi on January 31.
Mondovi allowed only three Boyceville players to score in the game.
An outcome that left Boyceville’s Head coach Jolene Bird disappointed with the Bulldogs’ showing.
“Mondovi was unfortunately the poorest game offensively we have played all season,” Bird stated. “We shot seven for 39 and one for 16 from the arc. Shooting eight for 55, or 15 percent, made for an extremely painful evening.”
Bird explained the team is better than its performance at Mondovi, and the girls were very disappointed in themselves.
Boyceville trailed Mondovi by one point at halftime after seniors Madysn Riek and Morgan Kuhn scored nine points in the first 18 minutes. Mondovi’s ten points came from Rian Evans and Emily Flaskrud.
The scoring barely picked up in the second half as the Lady Buffs managed to once again out score the Bulldogs by a single point, 14-13, to account for the 24-22 final.
Riek held the game’s top individual score with 15 points, but her teammates, Malean and Morgan Kuhn, were the only other players to score against the Buffs. Kuhn earned five points with a three-point goal and a field goal, while Malean scored two on a pair of free throws.
Mondovi’s Emily Flaskrud was the top Buffalo player, and picked up nine points with a trio of field goals and a three-point shot.
BOYCEVILLE 22, MONDOVI 24
Boyceville…………………………..9 13 — 22
Mondovi…………………………..10 14 — 24
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (7-5-12-22) R. Prestrud 0-0-1-0, B. Booth 0-0-1-0, C. Malean 0-2-3-2, M. Kuhn 1-0-4-5, M. Riek 6-3-2-15, E. Harnisch 0-0-1-0.
Mondovi (6-0-10-24) S. Wulff 1-0-0-2, A. Everson 0-0-2-0, S. Ede 1-0-3-2, R. Evans 0-0-0-3, M. Akina 0-0-2-0, E. Flaskrud 3-0-2-9, M. Rud 1-0-1-8.
THREE-POINTERS B — M. Kuhn 1; R. Evans 1, E. Flaskrud 1, M. Rud 2.
The Lady Bulldogs rebounded from their loss at Mondovi with a win on their home court last Thursday, February 2. Behind a strong, second-half offensive performance, Boyceville snapped its three-game losing skid with a 49-30 victory against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves – a win they hope will vault them to more successes in the final two weeks of the regular season and beyond
Bird was pleased with the Boyceville squad’s performance against Elmwood/Plum City.
“Although we had a slow first half, the girls were able to put together a really nice second half,” Bird explained.
The game was a close affair throughout the first half with several ties and lead changes. The largest lead for either team came in the final two minutes of the first half as Boyceville scored six straight points to turn a 15-17 deficit into at 21-17 halftime lead.
During the span, Boyceville tied the game at 17 with just under two minutes to play on a Riek basket, then a pair of free throws by Morgan Kuhn, and then Kuhn corralled a rebound and put in a basket with 40 seconds left for the 21-17 halftime lead.
The second half was all Boyceville as its variations of full- and half-court trapping defenses led to several turnovers and Bulldog baskets.
The Wolves closed to within a point 27-26 at 11:49 but 30 seconds later Cassie Malean nailed an arcing three-pointer for a 30-26 lead and the Bulldogs were off and running. Boyceville went on a 20-0 run over the next 8:11 to lead 47-26 with 3:06 to play before E/PC scored again at 2:58 to make it 47-28.
Strong performances from Riek, Harnisch, Kuhn, Malean and Prestrud keyed the win. Riek again led the game in scoring with 14 points. Harnisch trailed her by a single point with a total of 13.
Kuhn picked up 10 points, Malean earned seven, and Prestrud chalked up five points.
Lexi Diesing picked up nine points to lead the Wolves.
ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 30, BOYCEVILLE 49
Elmwood/Plum City……………17 13 — 30
Boyceville…………………………21 28 — 49
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elmwood/Plum City (11-5-13-30) Aly. Peterson 1-0-2-2, K. Sabelko 1-2-4-7, Ale. Peterson 1-0-1-2, T. Whipple 0-0-1-0, L. Diesing 4-0-0-8, J. Helmueller 1-0-3-2, E. Funk 0-2-0-2, A. Glampo 2-0-1-4, H. Feuker 1-1-1-3.
Boyceville (17-9-16-49) R. Prestrud 1-0-1-5, B. Booth 0-0-4-0, C. Malean 1-2-3-7, M. Kuhn 4-2-1-10, M. Riek 7-0-1-14, E. Harnisch 4-5-4-13, B. Hellmann 0-0-2-0.
THREE-POINTERS B — R. Prestrud 1, C. Malean 1.