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BOYCEVILLE — Independence led from start to finish here last Tuesday.
The Indees opened the November 23 girls’ non-conference basketball game with a 7-0 run and the host Bulldogs never really recovered.
Boyceville tried to rally late in the second half cutting its deficit to five points a couple of times but Independence answered each Bulldog push to claim a 38-29 victory.
Boyceville dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
Despite Independence’s quick seven points to open the contest, scoring was at a premium through out much of the first half. In fact, the Indees led just 15-10 at the half.
Aubrie Pronschinske hit a pair of early treys for the Indees (the team’s only three-point baskets of the game) but the visitors mustered just three other hoops in the first 18 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs’ offensive output during the period wasn’t any better. A pair of baskets by Hannah Dunn, a three by Sarah Stoveren, a hoop by Cambrie Reisimer, and a single foul shot from Rachael Montgomery was all the scoring Boyceville had in the first half.
Montgomery and Dunn tried to ignite the Bulldogs’ offense in the second half. Montgomery scored ten of her team-leading 11 points with Dunn getting inside for a trio of hoops to account for 16 of Boyceville’s 19 second-half points.
Independence, behind Amiah Ives’ 12-point, second-half performance, managed to once again outscore the Bulldogs by four points to claim the nine-point victory.
Ives finished with 16 to lead the Indees.
Montgomery along with Dunn, who finished with ten points, were the only Bulldogs to score double digits. Stoveren finished with that three, Reisimer and Abby Schlough each had a basket, and Harper Olson sank a free throw to account for all of Boyceville’s scoring.
The Bulldogs lost 34-25 in Gilmanton Monday night but will look to regroup when it they travel to Mondovi this Thursday, December 2 for the conference opener. Boyceville will then return home to host a pair of non-conference games against Ellsworth on Saturday, and Amery next Tuesday, December 7.