The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Webster Bearcats 52-40 at the Milbank Armory on December 22. With the win, Milbank Area improved its record to 3-2 for the season.
“I thought our defense really made the difference in this game,” stated Brian Pauli, head coach for the basketball team. “We were really hungry defensively, and I thought it helped lead us to easier scoring opportunities. That is something we have to hang our hat on as the season continues.”
Milbank got out to a solid start, posting a 18-10 advantage over Webster at the end of the opening quarter. The Lady Bulldogs continued their defensive pressure and widened the gap to 28-16 at the midway mark. Milbank maintained a 43-30 lead heading into the final stanza, and held on for the 52-40 victory.
Gabbi Cummins led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points, two rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot. Sophia Seffrood had 11 points, one rebound, two steals, and two assists. Taylor Thue made eight points, two rebounds, and two assists. Molly Rick added seven points, five boards, and four assists. Lindsey Mertens also added seven points, grabbed one rebound, and was credited with one assist and one steal.
Jaecy Engebretson contributed three points, one rebound, and two assists. Shea Hooth tallied two points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Milbank executed on 39 percent of their shots from the field – hitting 17 of 44 attempts. They dropped in 6-of-13 from three-point land and 12-of-24 from the charity stripe. The Lady Bulldogs won the game with 23 rebounds, 13 assists, five steals, and one blocked shot. They were charged with eight turnovers.
Webster hit 37 percent of their shots from the field – 13 of 35. The Bearcats ended the game with 40 rebounds, two assists, and two steals. They committed 19 turnovers.
Milbank hosts Chamberlain in the State Farm – S&D One Stop Basketball Shootout at the Milbank Armory on Saturday, December 30. Four games will be played beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs game is set for approximately 3:10 p.m.