The Lady Bulldogs started strong, but ran out of gas and were defeated 59-31 by the Clark-Willow Lake Cyclones on Thursday, January 16, at the Milbank Armory.
“I thought we played well throughout the first quarter and a half,” stated MHS head coach Brian Pauli. “The last two minutes of the second quarter we really struggled, and the game went south from there.”
Milbank stuck close to the Cyclones in the first period, but trailed 13-9 as the buzzer sounded. The Lady Bulldogs pulled to within two points late in the second quarter, but quickly found themselves behind at 15-28 at halftime. Milbank was narrowly outscored in the third period and remained on the lesser end at 25-42 heading into the final stanza.
Maurina Street led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Jaecy Engebretson followed with seven points, two boards, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot. Engebretson also fouled out in the third period, leaving the Lady Bulldogs without their leader on the court.
Hallie Schulte chipped in with two points, four rebounds, and two steals. Isabella Anderson added two points, six boards, two assists, and one blocked shot. Tatum Berry rounded out the scoring for Milbank with two points. Berry also had one rebound and one assist. Madi Thue grabbed two rebounds and made one assist.
Milbank hit 14-of-36 from the field for 39 percent shooting. The Lady Bulldogs recorded 39 rebounds, seven assists, two blocked shots, and four steals. They were charged with 29 turnovers. Milbank falls to 1-8 for the season with the loss.
Clark-Willow Lake made 30 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 21-of-69 attempts. The Cyclones finished with 35 rebounds, two assists, and 10 steals. They committed eight turnovers.
Photo – freshman Maurina Street