The Boyer Valley girls saw their 2018-19 basketball season come to an end on Tuesday night, as 12th-ranked Westwood, Sloan picked up a 76-38 victory in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal game at Sloan.
The win closed out BV’s year at 8-15 overall under veteran head coach Larry Neilsen, whose Lady Bulldog squad a year ago got to within one game of the state tournament.
Westwood set the tone early against BV, racing out to a 23-9 first-quarter lead en route to a 43-16 advantage at halftime.
The host Rebels then led 61-29 after three quarters of play.
"Westwood is a very good and complete team, as they have size and outside shooters. For us, it was a terrible matchup," commented BV’s Neilsen.
"Being undersized, we tried staying inside and force their hand with outside shooting. Essentially, trying our luck if you will. Early in the game is became very evident that this strategy was not going to work. We simply couldn’t take away both the inside and outside threats they posed," he added.
"I thought our girls played very hard, right up to the end and I’m very proud of that," Neilsen said.
Katelyn Neilsen drained two three-point baskets and scored 12 points to lead BV.
Chelsey Fundermann added seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Katy Puck contributed five points and six boards on the night. Abby Burkhart also had five points and two boards.
Taylor Klein finished with four points for the Lady Bulldogs, which were just 3-of-18 from three-point range and 14-49 overall from the field for 28.6 percent.
BV also converted only 7-of-16 free throws and turned the ball over 13 times in the contest against a Westwood club that won for the 15th time in 17 games and improving to 18-4 overall.
The Rebels will now take on Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (17-5) in a regional semifinal game tonight (Friday) at Sloan at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s contest was the final game for three BV seniors in Fundermann, Puck and Burkhart.