Turnovers and missed free throws were key factors in the Lady Bulldogs’ 48-38 loss to the Deuel Cardinals in double-header basketball action in Clear Lake on Tuesday, January 28. “If we do better with those two things, we are right there in the game at the end,” stated Milbank’s head girls’ basketball coach Brian Pauli.
Milbank trailed 16-10 at the end of the opening quarter. The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Cardinals 10-5 in the second quarter, which pulled them to within one point at 20-21 at the midway mark. Deuel widened the gap to 33-28 heading into the final stanza, but the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome the deficit.
Maurina Street led the Lady Bulldogs with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. She also added one steal and one assist. Isabella Anderson contributed 11 points, five rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one blocked shot. Madi Thue tallied four points, nine rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Hallie Schulte chipped in four points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one blocked shot. Jaecy Engebretson added four points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot. Tracy Pillatzki had four rebounds and one blocked shot.
Milbank connected on 16-of-49 from the field for 33 percent shooting. The Lady Bulldogs hit just 4-of-14 from the charity stripe, but ripped down 48 rebounds, made seven steals, seven assists, and blocked four shots. They committed 23 turnovers. Their season record moved to 1-10.
Deuel made 28 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 17-of-60 attempts. The Cardinals dropped in 11 of 15 from the free throw line for 73 percent. They made 35 rebounds, five steals, blocked one shot, and committed 12 turnovers.