Both Madison Basketball teams hosted Dakota Valley last night, with both Bulldog teams losing to the Panthers. The girls team lost 52-28, while the boys fell 86-66.
In the girls game, the Lady Bulldogs were never able to gain a lead over the Panthers, despite an early tie. Dakota Valley went on a nine point run early in the first quarter, and controlled the game from then on.
The Lady Bulldogs scored only nine points in the first half, trailing 27-9 at halftime. The Panthers continued to outscore the Bulldogs in the second half as they went on to beat Madison 52-28.
Audrey Nelson led the Bulldogs with 19 points and seven rebounds. She also grabbed three steals. Zoey Gerry ended the night with five points, nine rebounds, and four steals.
Melina Snoozy had a game leading 23 points for Dakota Valley, going 5-10 from the three-point line. She also had five rebounds and two steals.
Madison only shot 11-61 from the field and 2-22 from beyond the arc, while Dakota Valley shot 20-46 from the field and 7-18 from three-point range.
The Bulldogs fell to 4-15 with the loss, while the Panthers improved to 8-11.
Madison’s boys team was able to have more success against Dakota Valley early on, keeping it close as both teams got out to fast starts. There were four lead changes and two ties early in the game.
The Bulldogs were aided by three three-pointers from Chuck Callahan early, who registered the first nine points for Madison.
Leading by five after the first quarter, Dakota Valley went on a 13-3 run in the second quarter, looking like they might be able to start running away with the lead. However, Ben Brooks helped to lead the Bulldogs back late in the quarter, as Madison scored 13 of the next 21 points.
Despite the scoring outburst from Madison, they trailed 41-31 at the half. In the second half, Madison could get no closer than nine points from Dakota Valley, as the Panthers started to pour it on late in the fourth quarter on their way to a 86-66 victory.
The game did not feel like a twenty point loss for Madison, who was able to keep themselves within striking distance most of the game. But between the speed of the Panthers, and struggling from the free throw line (3-14), the Bulldogs were unable to end the Panthers winning streak.
Dakota Valley has now won their last 46 games, extending their record to 19-0 this season. With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 10-8.
Brooks led the Bulldogs with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and a steal. He went 4-5 from three-point range. Callahan also added four total three-pointers, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Aiden Jensen finished the night with 15 points, five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.
Issac Bruns had a game leading 23 points for Dakota Valley, while also securing eight rebounds and two steals. Bruns was 4-5 from beyond the arc.
Madison shot 26-49 from the field and 12-26 from three-point range, while Dakota Valley was 33-65 from the field and 14-33 from deep.
The Lady Bulldogs will next travel to play West Central in the first round Region 3A playoffs on Tuesday, February 21st. The boys, meanwhile, will travel to Milbank on Monday, February 20th at 5:45pm.
Bulldog games can be heard on AM 1390 or online at AmazingMadison.com.