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Lady Bulldogs chew up Cardinals, cap regular season with win to sweep SV

BOYCEVILLE — On an evening when the Boyceville girls’ basketball team honored both its parents and senior player, it seemed only fitting and right, that the program’s lone senior, Marissa Dormanen, should score the game’s opening basket.

Dormanen, who got the much deserved start, not only gave the Lady Bulldogs the opening lead, she canned four of Boyceville’s nine three-pointers to lead her team with 14 points in a lopsided 50-point home-court win last Thursday over the hapless Spring Valley Cardinals.

Complimenting Dormanen’s offensive acumen that night were teammates Rachel Prestrud, who tallied three treys and 13 points, and Hannah Johnson, who put in a pair of triples to finish with 12 points, in the Bulldogs’ 57-17 plucking of the Redbirds in the conference and regular season finale for both squads.

The February 15th victory gave Boyceville the regular-season series sweep of Spring Valley, who finished winless, 0-14, and in last place in the Dunn-St. Croix. The Bulldogs, 4-18 overall, finished just above the Cardinals in a tie for sixth place with Glenwood City at 3-11 in the final 2017-18 conference standings. The Bulldogs other D-SC win came against the rival Hilltoppers.

Boyceville opened WIAA Division 4 regional play last evening in Grantsburg were the 11th-seeded Bulldogs traveled to face the sixth-seeded Lady Pirates. The winner will move on to play in Clear Lake against the third-seeded Warriors in a Friday, February 23 regional semifinal. The regional championship will be played the following evening. 

Dormanen’s opening basket came just a little over a minute after the game’s opening tip to give the Lady Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.

Spring Valley had a long-range response as senior Tessa Cipriano sank a triple to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead, their only one of the game.

Boyceville quickly took back the advantage for good with baskets by sophomores Tyra Kostman and Emma Ouellette. Dormanen then hit the first of her four treys to push Boyceville out to a 9-3 lead.

Junior Brenna Schreiber sank both ends of a one-and-one bonus to narrow Spring Valley’s gap to 9-5.

The Cardinals would not score another point for the next 23:17, a scoreless span that lasted from 14:13 of the first half to 8:46 of the second.

And Boyceville took advantage of the visitor’s drought, scoring 33 unanswered points to lead 42-5 before Spring Valley was able to put the ball back through the netting.

Prestrud, another of the Bulldogs seven talents in the sophomore class, kicked off the Bulldogs scoring run with her first of three triples that made it 12-5.

Ouellette added another hoop  while classmate Taylor Grambow scored three consecutive buckets before Prestrud again struck from behind the arc for three and a 23-5 Boyceville lead with 1:28 to play in the first half.

Prestrud would add a 12-foot jumper before the halftime horn for a 25-5 Bulldogs advantage.

Boyceville’s offense continued to roll in the second half.

Hannah Johnson hit a three-pointer and converted on a fast break, Prestrud made her third three-point shot and Dormanen her second to extended the Bulldogs’ cushion to a comfortable 32 points at 37-5.

Ana Evenson would add a free throw and Johnson basket off a rebound to make it 42-5 before the Cardinal finally ended their offensive drought with back-to-back two-point baskets.

While Spring Valley finally found some offensive semblance in the final eight plus minutes of the contest with 12 points, Boyceville continued to score.

Johnson connected on her second three and a nice drive down the lane, Dormanen added her final two triples and Amber Retzloff and Kostman tacked on hoops to carry the Bulldogs to the finish line in a 57-17 victory.

Besides the three aforementioned Bulldogs that finished with double digits in scoring, Kostman chipped in for seven, Grambow had six and Ouellette finished with four. 

Boyceville hit just two of its seven free throws while Spring Valley went four of eight on the line.  

Spring Valley……………….25  32 — 57
Boyceville……………………5  12 — 17


Boyceville (23-2-8-57) — R. Prestrud 5-1-0-13, E. Ouelette 2-0-0-4, H. Johnson 5-0-1-12, T. Kostman 3-1-2-7,
T. Grambow 3-0-4-6, M. Dormanen 5-0-0-14, A. Evenson 0-1-0-1.
Spring Valley (6-4-11-17) — C. Wegener 0-2-1-2, T. Cipriano 2-0-2-5, B. O’Brien 2-0-3-4, B. Schreiber 1-2-1-4, L. Johansen 1-0-0-2, L. Stark 0-0-1-0.

BV — R. Prestrud 3, H. Johnson 2, M. Dormanen 4; SV – T. Cipriano 1.