The Lady Bulldogs fell 61-25 to the Warner Monarchs December 19, on the road. Milbank Area evened their record to 2-2 following Tuesday’s loss.
“We really struggled shooting the basketball,” stated Brian Pauli, head coach for the Lady Bulldogs. “I think their height caused some of that, but we have to find ways to score. Twenty-five points is not enough to beat a good team like Warner.”
The Lady Bulldogs were behind 17-7 at the end of the opening quarter. Warner poured in 19 points in the second period, and held Milbank to just six points, which widened the gap to 36-13 at the midway mark.
Milbank’s offense continued to struggle in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs scored just seven points in the third quarter and trailed 48-20 heading into the final stanza. The final score was 61-25.
“We looked good a possession here and there, but there isn’t enough consistency in our play right now,” said Coach Pauli.
Milbank shot just 25 percent from the field – making 9 of 36 attempts. The Lady Bulldogs were just one for 10 from three-point land and 6-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Gabbi Cummins and Sophia Seffrood led the Lady Bulldogs with six points each. Cummins grabbed three rebounds and made one assist. Seffrood snared three boards and had one steal.
Taylor Thue and Shea Hooth chipped in four points each. Thue added two rebounds. Hooth had two boards and one steal. Molly Rick tallied three points and three rebounds. Jaecy Engebretson added two points and two rebounds. Jaden Hoeke and Ashley Wollschlager had one rebound apiece.
Warner hit 59 percent from the field – 23-of-39 attempts. The Monarchs were six of 14 for three pointers and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
Milbank finished the game with 21 rebounds, two steals, one assist. They committed eight turnovers. Warner won the game with 25 rebounds, four steals, and two assists. They committed five turnovers.
Milbank Area hosts Webster Friday, December 22. The Lady Bulldogs also face Chamberlain in the State Farm-S&D One Stop Basketball Shootout at the Milbank Armory on Saturday, December 30.
Photo: Taylor Thue