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Boyceville girls lose Bulldog Battle, preyed upon by Panthers

By Cara L. Dempski

It was dog versus dog to start last week, then the dogs tangled with some cats, before hanging out with some Hilltoppers to end the week.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the week of January 29 with a Monday-evening road trip to Chetek for a Bulldog Battle against the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser ladies.

While the Boyceville girls seemed to hang tight with the C-Wgals throughout the non-conference contest, Boyceville eventually fell a point short in a 51-50 loss.

The Boyceville ladies headed to Prairie Farm to take on a pack of cats the following night and left later that evening on the low end of a 52-38 finish.

Coach Jolene Bird and the team took a night off before gearing up for the annual Coaches vs Cancer game, this year against Glenwood City, February 1 and copped a win.

The Dunn-St. Croix victory against the Hilltoppers last Thursday moved the Bulldogs to 2-9 in the conference and 3-16 overall as they headed into their second-to-last week of the regular season.

Boyceville played at Mondovi February 6, and head to Durand February 8. The Lady Bulldogs kick off their final week of the regular season at home February 12 versus Prairie Farm, and host Spring Valley February 15.


Bird seemed pleased with how her team handled the game at Chetek, despite the Bulldogs’ loss.

And, really, considering the Boyceville girls led by three at halftime and lost the matchup by just one point, it could be argued the Bulldog Battle was one of the purple and white’s best contests so far this season.

Hannah Johnson came to life in the game and led the Bulldogs with 15 points, while Emma Ouellette scored 12 and Rachel Prestrud picked up 11. Tyra Kostman put in seven points, Kady Grambow added three, and Taylor Grambow logged two.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Maggie Reisner tied with Johnson at 15 points to lead the game.

Boyceville…………………………24  26 — 50
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser………..21  30 — 51


Boyceville (15-14-15-50) — R. Prestrud 3-3-2-11, E. Ouellette 2-8-3-12, N. Hillman 0-0-1-0, H. Johnson 6-1-3-15, K. Grambow 1-0-1-3, T. Kostman 2-2-4-7, T. Grambow 1-0-1-2.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (16-13-19-51) — A. Olson 5-0-3-12, M. Haas 2-1-4-7, M. Reisner 3-9-3-15, M. Timm 1-2-0-5, A. Ranney 0-1-1-1, E. Sather 1-0-1-2, M. Davis 3-0-4-7, M. Schofield 1-0-3-2.

B — R. Prestrud 2, H. Johnson 2, T. Kostman 1; CW — A. Olson 2, M. Haas 2, M. Timm 1, M. Davis 1.

Prairie Farm

Things were a little more rocky against the Panthers January 30.

Though the Bulldogs trailed by nine points at the half, the Prairie Farm girls were able to put up another 25 points – in contrast to Boyceville’s 21 – on the way to a 52-38 final score.

Kady Grambow and Kostman tied atop the Boyceville scoring with eight points apiece, Emma Ouellete scored seven, Alyx Bloom added five, Hannah Johnson recorded four, and Rachel Prestrud, Taylor Grambow and Marissa Dormanen tied with two points each.

The game’s highest score belonged to Prairie Farm’s Jody Bates, who picked up 20 in the contest.

Boyceville…………………………18  21 — 38
Prairie Farm………………………27  25 — 52


Boyceville (13-8-19-38) — R. Prestrud 1-0-4-2, E. Ouellette 2-2-1-7, A. Bloom 2-0-4-5, H. Johnson 2-0-3-4, K. Grambow 3-0-1-8, T. Kostman 1-6-1-8, T. Grambow 1-0-4-2, M. Dormanen 1-0-1-2.

Prairie Farm (12-22-15-52) — M. Hiber 2-0-2-6, M. Christensen 2-4-1-8, T. Tollefson 1-0-3-2, E. Bates 0-0-1-0, J. Bates 3-13-4-20, A. Kwak 0-2-2-2, 4-3-2-14.

B — E. Ouellette 1, A. Bloom 1, K. Grambow 2; PF — M. Hiber 2, J. Bates 1, C. Miller 3.