The Lady Bulldogs basketball team suffered a 35-52 non-conference loss to Tri-Valley in double-header basketball action at the Milbank Armory on Saturday, February 13.
Milbank stayed close during the first half. They trailed by just two points at 5-7 after the first quarter and 16-21 at halftime. But, Tri-Valley got tougher and overpowered them in the second half. Heading into the last quarter, Milbank still only trailed 27-38, but the Lady Bulldogs struggled to score. They added only eight points in the fourth while the Mustangs dropped in 14 to take the win at 35-52.
Isabella Anderson led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Maurina Street followed with nine points and six rebounds. Lindsey Mertens tallied five points, four boards, and two assists. Tyra Berry added four points, five rebounds, and one assist.
Also contributing to the totals for Milbank were: Madi Thue, two points, one rebound, and one steal; Tatum Berry, two points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal; and Claire Snaza, four rebounds.
Milbank made 31 percent of their shots from the field, connecting on 11-of-36 attempts. They counted 4-of-17 from three-point land and 9-of-13 from the charity stripe. The Lady Bulldogs grabbed 39 rebounds, had six assists, and pulled off nine steals. They committed 21 turnovers.
Tri-Valley hit 19-of-58 from the field for 33 percent shooting. The Mustangs finished the game with 34 rebounds, 11 assists, 18 steals, and one blocked shot. They committed just 10 turnovers.
Milbank 27 vs. Groton 35
Milbank traveled to Groton on Thursday, February 11, and came away with a 27-35 loss in a tough Northeast Conference battle.
“I thought we played very well on the defensive side of the ball,” stated head coach Brian Pauli. “We’ve been working really hard on finding different ways to score consistently. We’re getting open shots, now we have to make them.”
Milbank trailed by just one point at 5-6 after the opening period of play. Both teams reproduced their first quarter totals in the second quarter to move the score to 10-12 at the midway mark. The third quarter turned out to be the biggest challenge for the Lady Bulldogs. Groton dropped in 12 points while Milbank scored just six. This increased the Tigers’ lead to 16-24 heading into the final stanza. Both teams scored 11 points in the final quarter, which resulted in the 27-35 loss for the Lady Bulldogs.
Street led the charge for Milbank with 11 points, seven rebounds, and one assist. Anderson followed with eight points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Tyra Berry put up five points and grabbed three rebounds. Mertens added three points, two boards, and two steals.
Also contributing for Milbank were: Thue, one rebound, one steal, and two assists; Tatum Berry, three rebounds and one assist; and Snaza, one rebound.
Milbank hit paydirt on 10-of-40 from the field for 25 percent shooting. The Lady Bulldogs snared 26 rebounds, were credited with five assists and seven steals, and committed 12 turnovers.
Groton made 31 percent of their shots from the field, making good on 13-of-42 attempts. The Tigers recorded 39 rebounds, six assists, 11 steals, and seven turnovers.
File photo – Senior Madi Thue