By Cara L. Dempski
When a young, inexperienced basketball team takes on an opponent whose top-scoring player has averaged 18.5 points per game so far this season, things can go sideways in a hurry.
That may have been how things seemed last Tuesday when the Boyceville ladies took their game to St. Croix Central to face the Panthers and their star player, Mia Krogseng. The SCC senior was a big part of how hard the home team smashed the visiting Lady Bulldogs January 16, with 17 points of her own on the way to a 62-14 win over the Boyceville squad.
[emember_protected] Boyceville then headed to Colfax January 18 for a match-up with conference foe and co-leader Colfax. While the Bulldogs played a better game against the Vikings in their second meeting this season, they still lost the game 49-16.
Boyceville is now 1-7 in the Dunn-St. Croix and has an overall record of 2-12. The girls hosted Elk Mound January 23, and will hit the road to take on Elmwood/Plum City January 26. The Boyceville girls will close the month with a January 26 Bulldog Battle on the road against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.
St. Croix Central
Any loss can be hard on a young athletic team.
Take, for instance, Boyceville’s 62-14 loss at St. Croix Central last Monday. Sure, the Bulldog girls are a young team with little varsity experience, but that does not make the sting of a loss like that go away any faster.
Coach Jolene Bird said the team struggled with the Panthers for most of the game.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed 38-10 behind a Panther’s team that boasts one of the area’s top-scoring players in Mia Krogseng, and picked up just four more points in the second half to fall prey to the Panthers on their January 16 road trip to Hammond.
Sophomore Tyra Kostman led the team with five points, Hannah Johnson tacked up four, Amber Retzloff was good for three, and Rachel Prestrud and Taylor Grambow picked up just one point each in the game.
Krogseng led the way for the Panthers, and the game, with 17 points.
BOYCEVILLE 14, ST. CROIX CENTRAL 62
Boyceville………………………….10 4 — 14
St. Croix Central………………..38 24 — 62
Boyceville — R. Prestrud 1, A. Retzloff 2, H. Johnson 4, T. Kostman 5, T. Grambow 1.
St. Croix Central — K. Cress 12, C. Moll 3, M. Withuski 2, M. Johnson 7, A. Widiker 2, K. Cottrell 4, K. Juen 1, A. Edelman 6, M. Krogseng 17, C. Frankiewicz 7
The Boyceville girls did not score appreciably more points than they did in their prior meeting with the Vikings, but they did keep the Colfax ladies slightly more contained than they did the last time around.
The Lady Bulldogs lost their Dunn-St. Croix opener to Colfax at home December 5 by a score of 62-13, and lost their January 18 game at Colfax 49-16, but the team looked much stronger defensively than in the previous matchup.
Bird said the game’s outcome may have looked slightly different if her team had been able to get shots to fall.
“We were three for 22 in the first half, and I don’t know what we were in the second. We’ve got to be better shooters, and that doesn’t come in the three months of the season,” she noted immediately after the game. “That comes in the off season. They’re (the players) going to have to make up their mind if they’re going to want to do that or not.”
The Colfax ladies went on a 12-point run to open the game before sophomore Rachel Prestrud dropped in a bucket for the Boyceville ladies to make the board read 12-2 with 12:51 still to play in the opening half. The team then went nearly four minutes before scoring again.
Emma Ouellette took credit for the second basket with a nice layup to make the score 19-4 in Colfax’s favor with 9:04 to go before the break.
Prestrud would be the only other Bulldog player to score, which she did with 6:30 in the half with a three point shot from deep in the pocket to make the score 25-7.
The Vikings continued to make shot after shot to run the score up to 33-7 as the time ran out on the first half.
Boyceville seemed to move at roughly the same speed in the second half, with Prestrud sinking a field goal at the 13:00 mark to give the Bulldogs nine. But as many good looks as the Lady Dogs got, and Bird estimated there were 40-some odd chances to score, they just could not get shots to fall.
“I thought our shot selection was good, I thought we worked to get good shots,” Bird said in closing.
In the end, the Vikings ran away with the score for the win.
Prestrud led the Bulldogs with seven points, while Ouellette, Tyra Kostman and Ana Evenson added three points each.
Colfax’s Savannah Henricks reeled in 17 points to lead the game.
BOYCEVILLE 16, COLFAX 49
Boyceville…………………………7 9 — 16
Colfax……………………………33 16 — 49
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (6-2-13-16) — R. Prestrud 3-0-2-7, E. Ouellette 1-1-2-3, A. Bloom 1-1-3-3, T. Kostman 0-0-2-0, T. Grambow 0-0-4-0, A. Evenson 1-0-0-3.
Colfax (18-9-12-49) — A. Dachel 1-0-2-2, M. Schleusner 0-1-2-1, K. Meredith 5-2-3-14, S. Henricks 7-1-1-17, S. Wilson 1-0-1-2, R. Scharlau 2-0-1-4, E. Hurlburt 2-3-0-7, Addy Olson 0-0-2-0, Addysin Olson 0-2-0-2.
B — R. Prestrud 1, A Evenson 1; C — K. Meredith 2, S. Henricks 2. [/emember_protected]