The Milbank Lady Bulldogs battled the Morris Area Tigers in a non-conference high school basketball game at the Milbank Armory Thursday, January 25, and fell by the slight margin of 55-48. The locals drop to 5-7 on the season with the loss.
“This game could have went either way,” said Milbank head coach Brian Pauli. “Every time we made a push to tie or take the lead, we would have three or four possessions in a row that hurt us. We have to be more consistent and finish our play. But I thought Gabbi and Jaecy had a nice game.”
Milbank trailed 16-9 after the opening quarter of play. The Lady Bulldogs battled back and outscored the Tigers in the second period which cut into the deficit at 27-22 at the midway mark.
The locals again narrowly outscored Morris Area in the third quarter, but still remained behind at 40-36 heading into the final stanza. The battle continued to the final buzzer, and the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome the deficit.
Jaecy Engebretson sparked the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist. Gabbi Cummins was close behind with 16 points, three rebounds, three steals, one assist and one blocked shot. Sophia Seffrood tallied six points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal while LaChasity Finley added four points, one rebound and one steal on the night.
Rounding out the totals for Milbank were Taylor Thue, three points, one rebound and four assists; Lindsey Mertens, two points and one rebound, and Molly Rick, two assists and a steal.
Milbank went 17-for-38 from the field for 45 percent shooting on the night. The Lady Bulldogs completed the game with 26 rebounds, 10 assists, seven steals, one blocked shot and 17 turnovers.
Morris Area made 46 percent of their shots from the field, making 21 of 46 attempts. The Tigers won the game with 23 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and 13 turnovers.
Pictured is Gabbi Cummins.