The Milbank Area Lady Bulldogs used the overtime period to put away the Britton-Hecla Braves 68-62 in a Northeast Conference win on February 9. The game was the third consecutive road trip for the team.
Milbank Area held a 14-10 lead at the end of the opening period. The Lady Bulldogs extended their lead to 35-25 at the midway mark. They struggled to start the second half, though, and were outscored 19-10 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Britton-Hecla pushed the contest into overtime by evening the score 57-57 at the end of regulation play. In OT, the Lady Bulldogs fired in 11 points while holding Britton-Hecla to just five. Milbank Area took home the win at 68-62.
“We built a 13 point lead at one point, but didn’t put them away,” stated Milbank Area Head Coach Brian Pauli. “We let them hang around, and they gained confidence. Defensively, we need to be better. Fortunately, we found a way to win.”
Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Caryssa Mielitz hit 16 points and 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocked shots, and 1 assist. Molly Rick fired in 15 points and had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Gabbi Cummins followed with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals.
Four of five players came off the bench and contributed for Milbank Area. Mackayla Schuelke dropped in 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. LaChasity Finley contributed 8 points, 3 boards, and 1 steal. Taylor Thue added 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Sophia Seffrood had 2 points and 1 blocked shot. Karlee Mertens had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Milbank Area made 40 percent of their shots from the field – 25 of 62 attempts. The Lady Bulldogs pulled out the win with 39 rebounds, 16 steals, 9 assists, and 4 blocked shots. They committed 13 turnovers.
Britton-Hecla went 25-of-56 from the field for 45 percent shooting. The Braves finished the game with 34 rebounds, 11 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocked shots. They committed 18 turnovers.
Milbank Area hosts Ortonville for a double-header Tuesday, February 14. Seniors and their parents will be honored during half time of the boys varsity game.
Senior Caryssa Mielitz.