Bulldog girls defeat Starmont 50-43
By Michael Newton
The MFL MarMac girls went into the Feb. 10 game with Starmont tied with South Winneshiek, at 6-4, for fifth place in the conference. A victory would give them sole possession of fifth, as South Winn had no make-up games scheduled.
The Bulldog girls started the game quickly, as Haley Vogt scored off the tip-off for the quick 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs built two five-point leads at 5-0 and 7-2, but Starmont closed the first quarter with a 7-0 run to take the lead 9-7.
The score was nip and tuck throughout the second quarter. The Bulldogs opened a five-point cushion with about a minute and thirty seconds to go in the half, when Lexi Dettbarn drained a three-point shot for the 20-15 lead. The half ended at 20-17 Bulldogs.
Starmont grabbed a five-point lead in the third quarter, bringing the score to 31-26. However, a foul on a three-point shooting Madelyn Vogt allowed the Bulldogs to creep back in, as she made all three free throws to end the quarter 31-29 Starmont.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs went ahead 34-33 off a Dettbarn three. Starmont answered with a Nicole Baumgartner pair of baskets to lead 37-34 at the six-minute mark. Bulldog Marcy Klein tied the game at 37 with a free throw at the 5:20 mark. Starmont then scored a three and Dettbarn answered at 4:10 to go for a 40-40 score. Starmont’s Mica Moeller’s three put them up 43-40, but that was answered by Haley Vogt’s basket, and then Vogt completed the traditional three-point play with 2:39 to go. Dettbarn iced the game with 18.9 seconds to go with a free throw, which set the final margin of victory at 50-43.
With 15 points, Dettbarn was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs. Haley Vogt also added 13 points.The Bulldogs ended the conference schedule with a 7-4 record and fifth place overall. They also had a 12-7 overall record.