The Lady Bulldogs defeated Webster Area 64-44 in the opening round of the Region 1A basketball tournament Tuesday, February 20, at the Milbank Armory. The Bulldogs advance to semi-final action, and take on Redfield-Doland Thursday, February 22, on the road. The winner advances to the Sweet 16 tournament.
“I thought we did an excellent job of exploiting Webster’s weaknesses,” stated Milbank Head Coach Brian Pauli. “We were focused and played one of our best games offensively of the year.”
Milbank started the game with a three-pointer by Gabbi Cummins. A closely called game amounted to numerous turnovers for both teams in the opening quarter. Milbank led 16-12 at the end of the first period.
In the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs widened the gap to 27-20. Milbank ended the first half with a three from Jaecy Engebretson.
In the third period, the Lady Bulldog’s defensive pressure caused Webster to turn the ball over, and Milbank easily broke the Bearcat’s full-court press which led to a 46-29 advantage heading into the final stanza. The Lady Bulldogs took the victory at 64-44.
Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Taylor Thue led the team with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Gabbi Cummins tallied 14 points, one board, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot. Makayla Johnson chipped in 11 points, one rebound, and one assist. Jaecy Engebretson added 10 points, one assist, and one steal.
Also adding to the totals for the Lady Bulldogs were: Sophia Seffrood, nine points, seven rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one blocked shot; Molly Rick, two points, seven boards, one assist, and one blocked shot; Lindsey Mertens, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Shea Hooth, one rebound and one assist; and Kylie Kasuske and Ashley Wollschlager, one rebound each.
Milbank made 54 percent of their shots from the field – hitting 21 of 39 attempts. They produced 33 rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals, and three blocked shots. They also committed 15 turnovers.
Webster went 17-of-49 from the field for 35 percent shooting. The Bearcats ended their season with 29 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocked shots. They committed 16 turnovers.
Photo – junior Makayla Johnson.