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By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE —The Lady Bulldogs’ basketball team defeated the Turtle Lake Lakers 54-33 in the girls’ home opener last Monday, November 25th.
Boyceville struck first in the out-of-conference game when Ana Evenson hit for three points. A short time later, Kady Grambow added three more from outside the arc. The game was a little slow to get going but it was clearly the Lady Dawgs who took control.
With just over ten minutes left in the half, the Lady Lakers took a time out with the score 14-3, in the Bulldogs favor. Play was basically stagnant for the next two minutes before the Lakers scored on a fast break and then added three more with a long shot.
The Bulldogs then had a couple of opportunities at the free throw line where they failed to capitalize. As a matter of fact, the Lady Dawgs struggled with their free throws the entire game, only shooting 39% from the line.
As play continued, the tempo picked up and Boyceville played aggressively, perhaps a little too aggressive as Turtle Lake was soon shooting bonus shots. However, the Bulldogs were aggressive on offense as well with Jensine Boesl, Grambow, Evenson and Emma Ouellette adding to the scoreboard for a total of 11 more points to the Lakers’ six.
The score at halftime was Bulldogs 25, Lakers 14.
The Bulldogs got things started again in the second half when Tyra Kostman went two-for-two at the foul line. The Lakers then countered with four points of their own.
Then with 15:30 on the clock, Boyceville went on a 12-point scoring streak which included some nice drives to the basket from Kostman, Naomi Hillman and Ouellette. During this streak, which lasted about three minutes, the Bulldogs held the Lakers scoreless.
Turtle Lake added one point at the foul line before Boyceville added six more unanswered points, expanding its lead to 45-19.
But over the next several minutes, it was the Lakers who outscored the Bulldogs, 11-6, due in part to missed free throws by the Lady Dawgs.
With just over two minutes left in the game, Megan Hintzman was charged with an offensive foul which was also her fifth foul of the game.
A short time later it was Kostman under the basket for two. The Lakers countered with two off a one and one. Kostman then finished off the scoring for the game with two more under the basket with less than 25 seconds left to make the final 54-33. Kostman was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points.
Ouellette hustled on defense and came up with five steals during the game. Rebounding was spread out amongst the players with Ouellette, Hintzman and Boesl each having seven, while Grambow and Kostman each finished with six.
“I thought we did some good things tonight” remarked Boyceville head coach Jolene Bird after the game. She went on to say that there were stretches where her girls made good passes and made good decisions and then there were other times where there are still things that need work. She was happy with their defense stating that they did some good things.
The junior varsity played Tuesday, December 3 at Alma. Both the varsity and JV squads will open Dunn-St. Croix play this Thursday, December 5 when they host Elmwood/Plum City. Boyceville will then travel to Glenwood City next Tuesday, December 10 to face the rival Hilltoppers.
FG-FT-F-TP: Olson 0-0-0-0, Ouellette 3-0-1-6, Lagerstrom 1-0-1-2, Hillman 1-0-2-2, Hintzman 0-0-5-0, Boesl 3-1-1-7, Grambow 3-0-4-8, Kostman 7-5-2-19, Evenson 4-1-2-10. Total 22-7-18-54.
Turtle Lake (33)
FG-FT-F-TP: Thill 0-0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-2-0, Rose 5-3-0-16, Humphrey 0-0-3-0, Peterson 0-0-0-0, Malone 0-0-3-0, Stoll 0-0-0-0, Anderson 1-0-0-2, Mrdutt 2-1-2-5, Tarman 2-2-0-6, Wagner 1-2-1-4, Ellis 0-0-4-0. Total 11-8-15-33.
Boyceville………………..…25 29 – 54
Turtle Lake…………….……14 19 – 33
3-point goals: Boyceville, Grambow 2, Evenson; Turtle Lake, Rose 3.