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By Amber Hayden
The Lady Bulldogs’ basketball team saw their season come to a finish following a second-round, Division 4 regional loss to Unity of the Lakeland-West Conference last Friday evening, February 22.
“With only 12 players, after the injury to Tyra Kostman early in the season, they have battled and improved every game,” stated Bulldogs head coach Jolene Bird.”Our younger girls have had to step into some games and have gotten good varsity experience.”
The Bulldogs refused to lay down and quit in the first round of playoffs against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser as they put on a show for fans and nipped their fellow Bulldogs, 40-39, to advance to the regional semifinals against Unity. Boyceville trailed Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 21-16 at the intermission but rallied for the one-point win.
But the hopes for a spot in the regional title game ended abruptly when Boyceville traveled to Unity and suffered a 40-26 loss to the Eagles. With the 14-point loss, the Bulldogs finished the season with a 10-12 record.
“This team doubled their wins from last season even with not playing a couple of non-conference games due to weather,” Bird explained.
The Bulldogs will say goodbye to senior Alyx Bloom this year who, according to Bird, has been a great role model and teammate.
Able to withstand early foul trouble and poor mental play, the Lady Bulldogs were able to pull off a win against the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs by a single point.
“Kady Grambow hit a three point shot late to tie the game and then a couple of big free throws to help seal the win.”
Grambow finished her night for Boyceville with 15 points to lead her team with two doubles, three baskets from behind the three-point arc and hit both charity tosses in the final seconds of the game to give the Bulldogs the regional quarterfinal win over the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.
Junior Ana Evenson stepped up to help Grambow, as she put up 11 points against the C-W Bulldogs, stemming from five shots from underneath and she went one-of-three from the line.
It was a quiet night for Rachel Prestrud and Emma Ouellette as they each finished with five points. Prestrud made a single double and a trey while Ouellette hit two doubles and was one-of-three from the foul line.
Chrissa Kersten and Jensine Boesl four points combined. Kersten hit a lone double and Boesl was two-of-two from the line.
BOYCEVILLE 40, CHETEK-WEYERHAEUSER
Boyceville.….….….……16 24 – 40
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser…21 18 – 39
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — R. Prestrud 2-0-3-5, E. Ouellette 2-1-3-5, C. Kersten 1-0-0-2, J. Boesl 0-2-1-2, K. Grambow 5-2-4-15, A. Evenson 5-1-1-11.
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser — A. Olson 2-0-4-6, M. Haas 1-4-3-6, B. Hanson 1-1-2-3, C. Knutson 2-0-2-5, R. York 0-5-1-5, M. Schofield 6-2-4-14.
BV — R. Prestrud 1, K. Grambow 3; C-W — A. Olson 2, C. Knutson 1.
Boyceville played a great game defensively as they held Unity to their lowest scoring game of the season, but unfortunately struggled on the offensive end.
“We were patient, possibly too patient at times, on the offensive end early in the game,” coach Bird explained. “We also had to sit Emma Ouellette and Kady Grambow significant minutes in the first half due to early foul trouble.”
Even with sitting for a good portion of the first half, Kady Grambow stepped up from outside the arc to sink a a pair of threes for the Bulldogs.
Rachel Prestrud led Boyceville with eight points overall as she hit a single two-point basket and added two triples in the first 18 minutes of the contest.
“They (Ouellette and Grambow) are big factors for our team on the offensive end and without them we struggled to get ourselves into an offensive flow against Unity’s 1-3-1 defense,” Bird commented.
Senior Alyx Bloom and sophomore Jensine Boesl had three and six points respectively against the Eagles. Bloom netted a single triple and Boesl hit the net for three doubles.
Teammates Mya Lagerstrom, Chrissa Kersten and Ana Evenson each went one-of-two from the foul line to account for Boyceville’s other points.
BOYCEVILLE 26, UNITY 40
Boyceville.….….….……13 13 – 26
Unity….….….….….….…21 19 – 40
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — R. Prestrud 3-0-3-8, A. Bloom 1-0-2-3, M. Lagerstrom 0-1-1-1, C. Kersten 0-1-0-1, J. Boesl 3-0-1-6, K. Grambow 2-0-4-6, A. Evenson 0-1-1-1.
Unity — R. Sorensen 0-7-1-7, S. Swanson 1-0-2-2, L. Tilton 2-0-0-6, M. Nelson 3-5-1-11, M. Strange 6-0-0-14.
BV — R. Prestrud 2, K. Grambow 2; U — L. Tilton 2, M. Strange 2.