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Central girls basketball can't finish off Boyceville

St. Croix Central's girls led after three quarters, but couldn't finish off Boyceville last Thursday.

The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 17-7 in the fourth quarter to get ahead in the final score, 41-32.

The loss drops Central to 4-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings and 6-6 overall.

Central coach Luke Fritsche said the girls need to find ways to create easy points. The team is simply having trouble scoring points. They're averaging 29 points in their last three games.

He said one of the easiest ways to increase the point total would be to get to the free throw line more often. The Panthers have worked hard to improve their free throw shooting and are hitting nearly 70 percent of their attempts. But they only shot five free throws against Boyceville.

"The games we've won, we've gotten to the line," Fritsche said.

Other than the lack of scoring, Fritsche said he had no problems with how the Panthers played against Boyceville.

"The girls were working hard at both ends of the floor," he said.

The Panthers carried a 25-24 lead into the fourth quarter. Boyceville opened the quarter with a press, causing a couple turnovers that the Bulldogs turned into points. That gave Boyceville the lead. From there the Bulldogs concentrated on getting the ball into powerful post player Cansis Bodsberg. The Panthers couldn't stop her, and eventually, they were forced to foul.

Leading the Panthers on Thursday was senior Nikki Brooks. She played another strong overall floor game, leading the Panthers with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Emily West stole the ball four times to lead the team in that category.

The Panthers are hoping the schedule lends them some relief. They start the second half of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference schedule with a game at Spring Valley on Friday. The Panthers will play at home next Monday against Glenwood City.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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