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|Paynesville Press - January 15, 2003|
Bulldogs run winning streak to five games
The Mainstreeters of Sauk Centre stood no chance against the red-hot Bulldogs on Thursday night, as the Paynesville girls' basketball team picked up their fifth win in a row, outscoring the Streeters 58-45.|
The Dogs' offense took off in the second quarter, scoring 18 points to nine for the Streeters to take a 26-18 lead at halftime.
Senior Danny Lieser led the Dogs in the second quarter, scoring 12 of her 24 points.
"Each game someone steps up to give us the points we need and to provide the leadership necessary," said coach Ric Koehn.
Defensively, the Dogs' main objective was to shut down senior Byanne Engen, the leading scorer for the Streeters. Sophomore guard Kendra Johnson worked hard to do just that, along with the help of the rest of the team, according to Koehn.
In the third quarter, the Dogs came out strong, scoring on four consecutive possessions. They outscored the Streeters 19-12 in the third quarter to lead 45-30 to start the fourth.
Carrying their intensity into the fourth quarter, the Dogs took their most substantial lead, a crushing 22 points, before the Streeters narrowed the final margin to 58-45.
Lieser led the Dogs, netting a career-high 24 points and grabbing ten rebounds. Junior Amanda Glenz wasn't too far behind, scoring 16, and senior Ann Stalboerger added 13 points.
The five-game winning streak has evened the Bulldogs' season record at 5-5. They are 1-2 in conference. According to Koehn, the Dogs will need to pick up their intensity in the next two weeks, as they play some very tough teams.
This week, the Bulldogs play at St. Cloud Cathedral on Friday. They will host New London-Spicer, the defending state champion, on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Stalboerger 2; Lieser 2; Rebounds - 25 Lieser 6; Stalboerger 5; Assists - 9 Hess 5; Steals - 8 Lieser 2; Hess 2; Stalboerger 2; Blocks - 9 Glenz 4; Lieser 2; Stalboerger 2.
Dogs 53, Dassel-Cokato 41
Playing with great intensity, the Dogs ended the first quarter with a 12-9 lead and held the lead for the rest of the game. They led 27-20 at the half, 38-32 at the end of three quarters, and won 53-41.
The Dogs once again came out after the half and caused great trouble for the Chargers with their full-court press.
Senior Hannah Braun and junior Amanda Glenz both had excellent games, each having double-doubles. Braun made all six of her shots from the field, scored 13 points, and grabbed 15 boards. Glenz netted 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds of her own.
Showing off her speed, sophomore Kendra Johnson had five steals to help the Bulldogs crush the Chargers.
"We've been playing well, but we'll have to pick it up in the next couple games in order to keep winning," said Glenz.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 1 Stalboerger 1; Rebounds - 31 Braun 15; Glenz 11; Assists - 12 Hess 3; Braun 3; Stalboerger 3; Steals - 12 Kendra Johnson 5; Braun 3; Blocks - 9 Glenz 4; Braun 2; Lieser 2.
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