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By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE — With only one varsity game on the basketball docket last week, the Boyceville girls lacked some game-day experience as they lost to the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves on Thursday, December 5th at home.
It was a low scoring game with Wolves coming from behind to win 26-23.
In the first half, the Wolves came out right away in a full-court press that Bulldogs struggled to solve. That coupled with many fouls from both sides and an extreme amount of jump balls never allowed the Bulldogs to get in any kind of rhythm. The game was very choppy and never seemed to get into a nice flow.
During the first part of the first half, the score remained close with the Wolves having the slight edge at 10-7.
Bulldogs’ senior Emma Ouellette then drove down the court for two to pull her team within one point of the lead. About two minutes later, fellow senior Tyra Kostman tied things at 10 when she hit the backside of a two-shot free throw.
As play continued, Kady Grambow and Naomi Hillman each added two points before the Wolves tacked on three of their own from outside the arc. The Bulldogs now had a 14-13 lead.
Boyceville added one more point before the end of the half when Ouellette sank the back half of a double bonus shot. The Bulldogs, had they shot better from the foul line, had the potential of adding 10 plus points to their first-half tally.
In the second half, the Lady Dawgs kept their lead alive for the first eight minutes before the Wolves pulled ahead 20-19.
Jensine Boesl put the Bulldogs back in the lead with a two-point shot with just under nine minutes left to play.
A couple of minutes later the Wolves tied things at 21 with one from the free throw line.
With 5:03 remaining on the clock, Elmwood/Plum City hit one from outside the arc to take the lead which they never gave up.
In this low scoring game, each team only scored two more points before it was all over which gave the Wolves the victory at 26-23.
A frustrated Bulldogs’ head coach Jolene Bird said, “We did nothing to help ourselves.”
“You can’t be 5 for 18 at the free throw line and 0 for 15 at the arc and out-rebounded two to one and expect to win,” added Bird.
The Lady Dawgs (1-2) have some things to work on before their next game which was last evening, Tuesday, December 10, against the rival Hilltoppers in Glenwood City. They then host the Mondovi Buffaloes on Friday the 13th before closing out 2019 with a road game at Durand on Thursday, December 19.
FG-FT-F-T: Ouellette 1-1-3-3, Lagerstrom 0-0-1-0, Hillman 2-0-1-4, Hintzman 0-1-2-1, Boesl 1-0-1-2, Grambow 2-0-4-4, Kostman 3-3-3-9, Evenson 0-0-1-0. Total 9-5-16-23.
Elmwood/Plum City (26)
FG-FT-F-T: McDonough 2-0-2-5, Feuker 0-5-4-5, Glaus 2-4-4-8, Kern 1-0-1-2, Baier 0-0-1-0, Blanford 1-0-3-3, Seipel 1-0-2-3, Krogstad 0-0-0-0. Total 7-9-18-26.
Boyceville……………………………..15 8 – 23
Elmwood/Plum City…………….…13 13 – 26
3-point goals: Elmwood/Plum City: Seipel, McDonough, Blanford.