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|Paynesville Press - January 9, 2002|
Last-second basket downs Dogs
The Paynesville girls' basketball team lost to Sauk Centre on a last-second basket in their first game after the long holiday break on Friday. The Bulldogs took a 38-37 lead with 40 seconds to play on a free throw from senior Heidi Jansen, but the Mainstreeters scored a basket with a second left to win 39-38 in dramatic fashion.|
Both teams were very evenly matched, and it showed throughout the game. Holding the Streeters to seven points in the first quarter proved the Dogs were playing good defense. The Dogs scored 12 points in the first quarter and led by five.
The Mainstreeters outscored the Dogs 10-7 in the second quarter and the Dogs led by two at the break.
The Dogs scored one more basket than Sauk Centre in the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter up by four points.
The Mainstreeters tied the game at 37 with a three-pointer with over a minute to play. The Bulldogs had chances to put the game away at the free throw line, but made only one of six in the last 75 seconds. For the quarter, the Dogs made only five of 15 from the free throw line.
Junior Mindy Meagher (pictured above) led the team with four assists, and sophomore Amanda Glenz blocked five shots.
Heidi Jansen (53), at right, led the Bulldogs with 13 points and 11 rebounds, including a go-ahead free throw with 40 seconds left, but it wasn't enough as the Mainstreeters rallied for a 39-38 victory on a basket with a second left.
Jansen recorded a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Stacy Lieser added ten points, along with two assists and two steals.
The Dogs were a little rusty from the long holiday break, shooting 32 percent from the field and only 30 percent from the free throw line.
The last-second loss dropped the Bulldogs to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the West Central Conference North.
The Bulldogs played at Dassel-Cokato on Monday night and won 78-57, raising their record to 6-5.
This week, the Bulldogs will host two conference games. They will host Albany on Thursday and St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The B- and C-squad games start at 6:15 p.m. both nights.
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