The Milbank Lady Bulldogs struggled offensively which led to a 61-28 loss to the Hamlin Chargers Thursday, January 18, on the road. The locals move to 4-5 on the season.
“The girls played hard,” said head coach Brian Pauli. “Hopefully we can learn from this and keep getting better.”
Milbank struggled to find the basket throughout the entire game. They put up just 29 shots in the contest, and made 11 for 38 percent shooting on the night. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 20-10 at the end of the first quarter. The locals remained behind at 35-17 at the midway mark.
Play resumed much the same throughout the second half. Milbank remained behind at 55-23 heading into the final stanza and could not overcome the deficit.
Molly Rick led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with six points, two rebounds and one assist. Taylor Thue also contributed six points and grabbed two rebounds. Jaecy Engebretson tallied five points, one rebound and one steal while Gabbi Cummins added four points, five rebounds and one assist.
Also adding to the totals for Milbank were Lindsey Mertens, three points; Kylie Kasuske, two points and one rebound; LaChasity Finley, two points; Sophia Seffrood, one blocked shot, and Ashley Wollschlager, one rebound.
Milbank ended the game with 18 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one blocked shot and 16 turnovers.
Hamlin made 51 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 22 of 43 attempts. The Chargers securely won the game with solid play which included 21 rebounds, eight assists, one blocked shot and just four turnovers.
Milbank will host West Central Saturday, January 20, at the Milbank Armory as part of doubleheader basketball action. The C game begins at 1 p.m.