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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — It hasn’t been a picture perfect season for Jolene Bird and her Lady Bulldogs, but they managed to get a 6-8 conference record and went 9-11 overall.
The Boyceville ladies wrapped up the regular season this last week with back-to-back home games against the co-leaders of the Dunn-St. Croix, hosting the Colfax Vikings on Thursday, February 14 and the Durand Panthers on Friday, February 15.
In Boyceville’s game against the Vikings, frustration was clear on each of the Lady Bulldogs faces as they fought to get above double-digits in the second half of the contest. But the Vikings defense proved to be too much for Boyceville as Colfax claimed a 58-21 win.
Durand was another tough game for the Bulldogs.
The Panthers torched the Bulldogs from the outside, hitting 13 three pointers. Emma Hansen and Durand, who led 45-20 at the half, were too much for Boyceville. Hansen scored 22 points to lead the Panthers to a 66-31 in the conference and season finale for both squads.
The Bulldogs, seeded sixth, opened the 2019 WIAA Division 4 tournament against #11 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser last evening (Tuesday, February 19) at home. A win for Boyceville would have the ladies moving on to a Friday evening regional semifinal game at #3 Unity.
The Lady Bulldogs welcomed the Colfax Vikings to the hardwood last Thursday evening, February 14, to help celebrate the Coaches vs Cancer event.
It proved to be another long night for Boyceville as the ladies struggled to get down court and around the tough full court press defense that Colfax ran all evening long, the Bulldogs went down swinging by a score of 21-58.
Emma Ouellette would put the first points of the night on the board with a single foul shot after missing the first of two. She went back to line two more times but only managed two-of-six for the Bulldogs.
In the first of her four points, Ana Evenson made her way down and inside past the Colfax defense to end the first 11-0 run with 12 minutes off the clock.
Colfax dominated the Bulldogs, keeping them to a measly six points in the first half and wouldn’t allow Boyceville to hit double digits until eight minutes into the second half of the contest when Rachel Prestrud hit a basket to give the Lady Bulldogs 11 points.
Prestrud went down several seconds later after stepping on a teammate’s foot causing her ankle to roll over. The gym was quiet while medical trainers and coach Jolene Bird made their way over to Prestrud who laid on the gym floor. She finished her evening with a double and triple for Boyceville.
Only three other Bulldogs managed to put any points on the board for Boyceville including Mya Lagerstrom with a trey and double, Harper Olson earned three points in her limited minutes and Alyx Bloom hit the last points of the evening for either team with two.
BOYCEVILLE 21, COLFAX 58
Boyceville.….….….……6 15 – 21
Colfax….….….…..……26 32 – 58
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — R. Prestrud 2-0-2-5, E. Ouellette 0-2-2-2, A. Bloom 1-0-2-2, M. Lagerstrom 2-0-1-5, H. Olson 1-0-0-3, A. Evenson 2-0-0-4.
Colfax — A. Dachel 5-0-0-12, J. Bowe 1-0-0-3, K. Meredith 6-2-1-17, S. Henricks 2-0-1-4, J. Steinke 1-0-1-3, R. Knutson 1-0-0-3, S. Wilson 1-0-2-2, M. Harmon 1-0-1-3, R. Scharlau 0-1-0-1, M. Barstad 2-0-0-4, E. Hurlburt 2-2-2-6.
BV — R. Prestrud 1, M. Lagerstrom 1, H. Olson 1; C — A. Dachel 2, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 3, R. Knutson 1, A. Olson 1, M. Harmon 1.
Boyceville started out stronger in their last game of the season putting up 20 points against Durand, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Panthers knocked down 13 threes and enjoyed a 45-20 halftime lead en route to a 66-31 victory.
After being unable to score in the first game of the week, Kady Grambow came back to lead the Bulldogs with eight points overall off of a pair of threes and a single bucket from the inside.
Emma Ouellette and Rachel Prestrud managed 12 points between them. Prestrud tallied five points while Ouellette netted two doubles and went three-of-six from the line to finish with seven.
Acting as the thorn in the side of Boyceville was Durand’s Emma Hansen as she put up 22 points against the Bulldogs including five shots from outside the arc.
Faith Harnisch, who is typically on JV, earned herself some varsity minutes in the second half and was able to put in a basket and was two-of-two from the charity stripe.
Contributing to the point tally for Boyceville were Ana Evenson with four points, Mya Lagerstrom had two and Megan Hintzman added a lone foul shot.
BOYCEVILLE 31, DURAND 66
Boyceville.….….….……20 11 – 31
Durand….….….…..……45 21 – 66
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — R. Prestrud 2-0-2-5, E. Ouellette 2-3-2-7, M. Lagerstrom 1-0-3-2, M. Hintzman 0-1-0-1, K. Grambow 3-0-1-8, F. Harnisch 1-2-0-4, A. Evenson 2-0-1-4.
Durand — J. Hayden 2-1-1-6, K. Anibas 1-0-1-2, E. Hansen 8-1-0-22, H. Prissel 3-1-1-8, L. Sabelko 3-0-3-8, E. Annis 3-0-0-8, S. Dunbar 3-2-0-10, M. Kilboten 1-0-0-2.
BV — R. Prestrud 1, K. Grambow 2; D — J. Hayden 1, E. Hansen 5, H. Prissel 1, L. Sabelko 2, E. Annis 2, S. Dunbar 2.