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Bulldogs fall to Panthers, best Cards for first conference win

By Cara L. Dempski

There was a lot of hard work that went into the Boyceville girls’ game against Durand last Tuesday.

Even though they lost the January 9 home matchup against the Panthers 77-43, Coach Jolene Bird said she was pleased with her team’s effort against the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association poll’s third-ranked Division 4 team in the state.

The Lady Bulldogs had a few days off before heading to Spring Valley to face the Cardinals. The trip was a positive one for the Boyceville ladies, as they picked up a 48-43 win over the Red Birds to take their first Dunn-St. Croix win of the season.

Boyceville carried a 1-6 conference record into this week, and is 2-10 overall. The team heads to Hammond for a non-conference match with St. Croix Central January 16, and then will go to Colfax January 18. The team will then host Elk Mound January 23.


Jolene Bird acknowledges her team has a lot of work to do, but was pleased with how her team performed against Durand despite the loss.

“Being able to get to the free-throw line 22 times, and score 43 points against the third ranked team in the state is a huge step for this young, inexperienced team,” she said a day later.

The Lady Bulldogs may have lost to the Panthers 77-43, but Bird hopes the team can continue to improve its shooting percentage, since she realizes going six for 22 from the line is not going to help the Boyceville girls win games.

One observer called the game physical and fast-paced, and noted both teams used a full-court press at times.

The Boyceville ladies trailed 37-14 at the half, but more than doubled their scoring in the second half to score another 29 points to Durand’s 40. Rachel Prestrud served as the Bulldogs’ nominal leader for the evening as she grabbed 11 points for the team.

Hannah Johnson provided eight more points, Tyra Kostman put up seven, Marissa Dormanen took credit for six, and Mariah Drury returned from a concussion earlier in the season to score five. Emma Ouellette, Kady Grambow and Ana Evenson rounded out the score with two points apiece.

Durand senior Megan Baier picked up the game’s top honor for scoring with 17 points.

Durand………………………….37  40 — 77
Boyceville………………………14  29 — 43


Durand (28-15-20-77) — J. Hayden 1-0-0-2, B. Myers 2-0-1-5, S. Baier 4-0-2-10, E. Hansen 4-1-2-9, H. Prissel 2-3-3-7, M. Baier 6-5-2-17, B. Polzer 0-0-1-0, J. Harschlip 1-0-1-3, E. Annis 4-4-0-13, S. Dunbar 1-0-3-3, J. Radle 1-0-1-2, E. Adler 1-2-1-4, K. Schlosser 0-0-1-0, M. Hurlburt 1-0-2-2.

Boyceville (15-6-18-43) — R. Prestrud 4-0-1-11, E. Ouellette 1-0-4-2, N. Hillman 0-0-1-0, H. Johnson 3-0-3-8, M. Drury 2-0-0-5, K. Grambow 0-2-2-2, T. Kostman 3-1-4-7, M. Dormanen 2-1-2-6, A. Evenson 0-2-0-2.

D — B. Myers 1, S. Baier 2, J. Harschlip 1, E. Annis 1, S. Dunbar 1; B — R. Prestrud 3, H. Johnson 2, M. Drury 1, M. Dormanen 1.

Spring Valley

Last Friday’s win at Spring Valley may have been something of a bright spot for the Boyceville girls basketball team.

Going into the January 12 contest, both the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Cardinals were both winless in the D-SC. At the end of the night, it was the Cards who were still winless in the conference after the Boyceville girls played to a 48-43 victory to move to 1-6 in the Dunn-St. Croix.

The win is more impressive when considering the Bulldogs trailed 15-10 at halftime before putting up a whopping 38 points in the second half.

Hannah Johnson led the game with 14 points, while sophomore Tyra Kostman followed with nine, Naomi Hillman scored seven, Kady Grambow picked up six, Rachel Prestrud and Emma Ouellette tied with five, and Marissa Dormanen added two.

Spring Valley’s highest-scoring player was Brianna O’Brien, who led the Lady Cards with 12 points.

Boyceville…………………………10  38 — 48
Spring Valley……………………..15  28 — 43


B — R. Prestrud 5, E. Ouellette 5, N. Hillman 7, H. Johnson 14, K. Grambow 6, T. Kostman 9, M. Dormanen 2.

SV — C. Wegener 8, T. Cipriano 6, E Stans 6, B. O’Brien 12, B. Schreiber 2, A. Johansen 9.