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Lady Bulldogs score conference win
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FORWARD/GUARD DANIELLE ERNST sinks a two-pointer during Fridays win over Southwestern. photo by Erin Martin

BOSCOBEL - The Boscobel girls’ basketball team hosted Southwestern Friday night, Jan. 15, for a solid win in conference play, 58-38.

“This was an excellent team win with all of the players involved,” said Coach Jason Hill.

The Lady Bulldogs came out with an aggressive focus on the ball that helped offset a height advantage for the Southwestern team. They rapidly outpaced the Wildcats, heading into the half up 31-19.

Maintaining the pace, they led throughout the second half to score 27-19 for the win, 58-38.

“Southwestern came in with size in their favor,” Hill said. “They had nice length in the front court, which could have caused us a lot of problems, but the girls did a great job of staying between them and the basket. Miranda Beinborn did a really good job of keeping their tallest player off the glass.”

The Boscobel team was running an eight-player rotation, the coach noted. MacKenzie Fisher is restrained to the bench with a concussion received in play against Cuba City on Jan. 12. The team also had to go easy on forward Leah Wacker who has played the last three games sick.

Forward guard Danielle Ernst, a promising sophomore athlete, had her best game of the season thus far, noted the coach. Ernst led in scoring with 17 points and rebounds with 13.

Other scoring leaders were Sydney Williams with 14 and Leah Wacker with 11. Beinborn provided nine rebounds, Wacker eight, and Sydney Williams five.

“We had 53 rebounds to Southwestern’s eight, with 20 offensive boards to their eight,” Hill said. We also only had 14 turnovers, which is an improvement in the right direction. The goal is to keep turnovers between 8 and 12.”

If the team can continue to keep their turnover numbers low, they have a solid chance in their next game when they rematch against Iowa-Grant on Thursday, according to the coach. The Bulldogs lost the first game against Iowa-Grant by five, with 33 turnovers.

The win against Southwestern left the Bulldogs 1-5 in conference play and 2-10 overall.

Upcoming action

The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Wauzeka-Steuben on Monday, Jan. 18. That game was postponed due to extreme cold.

Boscobel travels to Iowa-Grant for conference play on Thursday, Jan. 21. They will host conference rivals Mineral Point on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Varsity play gets underway at 7:30 p.m. for both games.