The Lady Bulldogs played a nearly perfect game in the first half of their matchup against the Webster Bearcats on Saturday, January 23, on the road. If only the halftime buzzer had been the final buzzer…In the second half, things started to go in reverse, and the Lady Dawgs could not maintain their lead. They eventually fell 64-52.
“We probably played our best half of the season during the first half of the game,” explained Milbank’s head coach, Brian Pauli. “Then, it was a completely different second half. From an X’s and O’s standpoint, we stopped doing what we did in the first half. We have to be able to put together four quarters of solid play.”
Milbank started out hot. They scored 16 points and held Webster to nine in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs continued to do everything right in the second period and widened the gap to 31-20 at the midway mark.
In the third quarter, Webster held Milbank to just six points, while they fired in 24 points. This gave the Bearcats a 37-44 lead heading into the final stanza. Milbank stepped up again in the fourth quarter to nail 15 points, but Webster added 20 more to its total. The Bearcats managed to wrench the win from the Lady Bulldogs’ grasp at 64-52.
Maurina Street led the scoring for Milbank with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Lindsey Mertens followed with 12 points, one rebound, five assists, and four steals. Isabella Anderson tallied six points, two rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Claire Snaza added six points, grabbed four rebounds, and had one blocked shot.
Tyra Berry chipped in three points, two rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Her sister, Tatum Berry, also had three points. Madi Thue contributed two points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Ellie Neugebauer pulled down one rebound.
The Lady Bulldogs made 38 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 21-of-55 attempts. They were 5-of-17 from three-point land and 5-of-9 from the charity stripe. Milbank snared 25 rebounds, had 17 assists, 18 steals, and one blocked shot. They were charged with 14 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs’ season record fell to 2-10 with the loss.
Webster hit 18-of-43 from the field for 42 percent shooting. The Bearcats recorded 39 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 steals. They committed 23 turnovers.