The Lady Bulldogs collected their second win of the season by edging out Ortonville 52-44 on Friday, January 31, in front of a full house at the Milbank Armory.
“It was the typical rivalry game with Ortonville,” stated the Bulldogs’ head coach Brian Pauli. “We started a little slower than we would like, but fortunately, we were able to fight back. Free throw shooting and reducing the number of turnovers was the difference in the game.”
Milbank trailed 6-10 at the end of the opening quarter. In the second period, each team put 14 points on the scoreboard. Milbank remained behind at 20-24 at the midway mark.
The Lady Bulldogs came storming back after half time to demonstrate solid play on both ends of the court. Milbank held Ortonville to just seven points in the third quarter and added 15 points to their side. It was enough to push the Lady Bulldogs ahead 35-31 going into the final stanza. Milbank again outscored the Trojans in the final quarter to secure the victory.
Maurina Street led Milbank with 19 points and five rebounds. Jaecy Engebretson followed with 18 points, five boards, six steals, and four assists. Madi Thue made seven points and six rebounds. Isabella Anderson added five points, two rebounds, three steals, and four assists. Hallie Schulte put up three points and grabbed three rebounds. Lindsey Mertens, who was back in the lineup for Milbank after a long recovery from an injury last season, snared three rebounds and had one assist. Tracy Pillatzki also contributed three boards and one assist.
Milbank hit 16-of-61 from the field for 26 percent shooting. They dropped in 19-of-24 from the charity stripe for 79 percent. All but five of those came in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs brought down 39 rebounds, stole the ball nine times, made 10 assists, and blocked one shot. They committed 14 turnovers. Milbank’s season record improved to 2-10.
Ortonville made 33 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 16-of-48 attempts. The Lady Trojans recorded 40 rebounds and five steals. They committed 22 turnovers.
Photo – junior Madi Thue