LEAD — Lead-Deadwood built an 18-point halftime advantage Thursday evening and defeated Upton 46-33 in a varsity girls’ basketball game played at the Lead-Deadwood High School gym, in Lead.

“In the second quarter, we played about as good a defense as we’ve played all year,” said Golddiggers’ head coach Tim Hansen, whose team took a 30-12 lead into halftime. “We’ve really been asking our front two guards to start applying more ball pressure.”

Blake Mehlberg’s 3-point field goal gave Lead-Deadwood the early edge. Anna Campbell notched five straight points, with her inside basket boosting the Golddigger lead to 8-0.

Upton got on the scoreboard when Alyson Louderback connected from inside. Hannah Campbell (inside basket) and Allison Mollman (steal and layup) propelled Lead-Deadwood to a 12-2 advantage.

The visiting Bobcats closed the margin to 12-6 on two Katlyn Louderback baskets. That was the score at the break.

Mehlberg connected from 3-point range early in the second quarter as the Golddiggers moved ahead 16-6. Upton used a pair of Alyson Louderback free throws to stay within eight points, at 16-8.

Lead-Deadwood responded by scoring nine straight points. Anna Campbell’s three-point play opened a 25-8 advantage for the Golddiggers.

Mollman netted a free throw to extend Lead-Deadwood’s edge to 26-10. Mehlberg and Mollman converted layups to open a 30-10 lead for the Golddiggers, who claimed a 30-12 edge at the break.

Upton scored five unanswered points to open the third period. Anna Schiller connected from inside as the Cats trailed only 30-17.

Mehlberg’s steal and layup started an 8-0 run for Lead-Deadwood. Kailee Bertrand’s field goal gave the Golddiggers a 38-17 cushion.

Anna Campbell notched a team-high 16 points for Lead-Deadwood, who improved its record to 6-1. Mehlberg finished with 10 points.

Katlyn Louderback finished with a game-high 18 points for Upton.

“In the second half, I don’t think we played really well, but we were running a lot of different lineups, a lot of different kids in there,” Hansen said.

Statistical leaders follow.

Lead-Deadwood scoring: Anna Campbell 16, Blake Mehlberg 10, Allison Mollman 7, Kailee Bertrand 4, Hannah Campbell 3, Rachel Janssen 2, Natalie Janssen 2, Raygan Mattson 2. Totals 18 field goals, eight of 17 from the free throw line, 46 points.

Upton scoring: Katlyn Louderback 18, Paige Timberman 7, Alyson Louderback 6, Anna Schiller 2. Totals 13 field goals, four of 13 from the free throw line, 33 points.

Three-point field goals: Lead-Deadwood 2 (Mehlberg 2), Upton 3 (K. Louderback 2, Timberman 1)

Total fouls: Lead-Deadwood 12, Upton 19

The Golddiggers return to action today when they visit New Underwood. 

“We’re getting into the grind of our schedule,” Hansen said. He added New Underwood is a tough opponent, with future games including Douglas, St. Thomas More, and Hill City.

Hansen said the Golddiggers are playing very well defensively, but the offense must improve.

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