The Lady Bulldogs were defeated in their game against Hamlin last night, January 30, in Milbank. The loss broke Milbank’s eight-game winning streak, but it was delivered by a worthy opponent. The Lady Charger’s at 14-0 are ranked the No.1 team in South Dakota’s Class A, and were the runners-up in the state tournament last year.
Hamlin started out strong and overwhelmed Milbank with their size and two sharpshooters. Kami Wadsworth, a 5’11” forward, racked up 26 points, including three three-point shots. Marissa Bawdon pumped in five three-point buckets and finished with 17 points. Ally Abraham, also a 5’11 forward, tacked on another 12. The final score was 69-35.
Isabella Anderson at 5′ 8″, led the scoring for Milbank with 11 points. Maurina Street had nine points and a block. Each of them knocked in a three-pointer. Tyra Berry and Josie Riveland made four points apiece. Berry connected on one three-point shot. They each also surprised the Lady Chargers with two steals. Ellie Neugebauer had three points. Jenna Dexter and Siera Wenzl each made two points. Wenzl led Milbank in rebounds with four. She pulled off two steals. Claire Snaza recorded one block.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 41 percent from the floor, including 37.5 from long range. They downed four of their six free throws for nearly 67 percent.
The Lady chargers hit 54.5 percent of their shots. They made 43 percent from beyond the arc. They ended at just under 67 percent — the same as Milbank — from the charity stripe.
What’s next for the girls? The Lady Bulldogs are ready to pick up the ball and run with again on Thursday, February 2. The varsity, JV, and C teams travel to Aberdeen to take on Roncalli.
Photos: Ellie Neugebauer makes a pass to the inside.
Bottom Claire Snaza surveys the court.