A low-scoring, physical contest between the New London girls’ basketball team and Seymour Thunder saw the visiting team escape with a 36-29 win on Thursday, Jan. 8.
The New London offense suffered a slow start and the home team trailed 21-15 at halftime.
The third quarter was more of the same for the Bulldogs as they couldn’t get the offense on track. Both teams played scrappy ball on defense, as players continually dove for loose balls. Several jump balls were called and several players were whistled for fouls during a flurry of intense exchanges.
New London narrowed the deficit to two points as the score sat at 23-21 in favor of Seymour with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter. Despite the rally attempt, Seymour went on to take a 25-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs continued to battle, narrowing the score to 27-24 with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Seymour’s advantage was still three points with the score 29-26 with 4:15 left to play, but the Thunder outscored the Bulldogs 7-3 over the remainder of the game to seal the win.
New London 54, Marinette 42
A sluggish start put the Bulldog varsity basketball team in a 23-16 hole at halftime of their game against the Marinette Marines on Tuesday, Jan. 2, but a 38-point second half helped New London surge to a 54-42 win.
The Bulldogs trailed 8-6 after one quarter and were outscored 15-10 in the second frame.
After talking things over in the locker room at halftime, the Bulldogs returned to the court with renewed focus and intensity to outscore the Marines 21-5 in the third quarter to take a 37-28 lead.
The Bulldogs put the game away by outscoring the Marines 17-14 in the final frame to earn a 12-point victory.
New London made 19 of 50 shots (38 percent) while hitting 2 of 4 from 3-point range (50 percent) and sinking 10 of 17 free throws (58 percent).
The Bulldogs pulled down 23 rebounds, passed out eight assists, and earned 12 steals while tallying 12 turnovers and committing 19 fouls.
Payton Mix led New London with 21 points and eight rebounds with two assists and three steals. Leah Porath added 19 points with five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Macy Madsen tallied six points and three rebounds, while Cassidy Pethke scored four points and grabbed five boards. Maddie Schroeder scored two points and nabbed three steals while Alycia Halvorsen added two points.