The lady Bulldogs basketball team was roughed up in their lone game of the holiday week, falling to the St. Croix Falls Saints by a score of 64-25.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (1-2, 0-1) hosted St. Croix Falls (2-0)—a local team who recently moved to Division 3 after playing in Division 4 for a number of years—on Nov. 25. It was a game where the Saints’ disruptive defense proved far too intense for the lady Bulldogs, who committed far too many turnovers to stay in the game.  

“There’s really not much to say. We were outmatched from start to finish. We couldn’t handle their aggressive half-court pressure defense and had no answers to their offensive attack. We did alright in the first five or six minutes, but as soon as fatigue set in, we gave up a big run. St. Croix Falls has always had our number. They are a very good program, year after year, and they are now a Division 3 school,” stated C-W head coach Jessiah Haas.

As a team, St. Croix Falls tallied 21 steals in the game, many of which came in the first half. The Saints also used a balanced scoring attack, knocking down five three-pointers, six two-point field goals and also made 8-11 free throws.

By halftime, the Saints had built a comfortable 35-12 lead over the Bulldogs.

Junior Madison Haas provided the lone bright spot for C-W on the offensive end in the first half, sinking three shots from beyond the arc for nine out of the team’s 12 points. Senior Maggie Reisner added one two-point basket, while freshman Olivia Schofield was 1-2 at the charity stripe.

Trailing by 23 points, the game was nearly over coming out of the break. However, the lady Bulldogs played a much better second half collectively. They more than doubled their offensive output in the first half by scoring 25 points and only gave up 29 points to the Saints in the final 18 minutes.

The Saints had eight different players score in the game, four of those scored in double figures. Olivia Miron finished with a game-high 15 points, along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Madison Haas added a fourth three-pointer in the second half and scored a team-high 14 points. Reisner scored four of her six points in the second half and also had a team-high seven boards. Sather chipped in with two points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal. Schofield finished with three points and two rebounds.

Turnovers certainly limited the Bulldogs’ shot opportunities in the game. As a team, C-W made 6-20 (30 percent) two-point field goals, 4-9 from beyond the arc (44 percent) from three-point range. The ‘Dogs only shot three free throws, making just 1-3 (33 percent).

“We’re going to move on from the loss and come back after the break, hopefully with a reenergized and rested team. We need to get back to work to improve every day. It’s a long season and we are only three games in,” coach Haas said.

The Bulldogs played their fourth straight home game of the season when they hosted Spring Valley (0-1) on Tuesday, Dec. 3. C-W will travel to Bloomer (1-2) on Thursday, Dec. 5, and then will play at home against Hayward (0-1) on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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