The Lady Bulldogs squeezed past Clark-Willow Lake 45-43 on Thursday, January 7, for the second win of their basketball season. Milbank now sits at 2-5.
“I am proud of the team for finding a way to come back from a double digit deficit to win,” said head coach Brian Pauli. “Winning a game like this will help with the team morale and momentum.”
The teams were even at 6-6 after the opening quarter of play. Milbank struggled with the Cyclone full-court press in the second quarter and fell behind at 22-13 heading into halftime. The Lady Bulldogs came back and outscored Clark-Willow Lake in the third quarter, but remained behind at 34-27 heading into the final stanza.
Milbank, with a flurry of scoring from Lindsey Mertens and Isabella Anderson, poured in 18 points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bulldogs also stepped up defensively and held on to claim the two-point victory.
Maurina Street led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. Anderson followed with 15 points, three boards, three assists, and one steal. Mertens added 10 points, three rebounds and an assist. Tatum Berry chipped in with two points, eight rebounds, and one steal. Madi Thue had one point, four rebounds, and six steals. Ellie Neugebauer contributed one steal.
Milbank made 38 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 15-of-40 attempts. The Lady Bulldogs grabbed 36 rebounds, made 12 steals, and recoded six assists. They committed 13 turnovers.
Clark-Willow Lake completed 14-of-47 from the field for 30 percent shooting. The Cyclones ended the game with 31 rebounds, 11 steals, eight assists, and 14 turnovers.