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|Paynesville Press - January 16, 2002|
Second half paces Bulldogs in victory
A big second half helped the Bulldogs girls' basketball team defeat the Dassel-Cokato Chargers 78-57 in a nonconference game on Monday, Jan. 7.|
The Bulldogs and Chargers were tied 31-31 at halftime, but the Dogs outscored the Chargers 47-26 in the second half.
The Dogs started out with some fire in the first quarter, scoring 21 points while holding the Chargers to 16. The Dogs pushed the ball up the floor and ran their offense well. Sophomore Amanda Glenz scored 12 of her 16 points in this quarter.
The Chargers tied the score at 31 at the half by outscoring the Bulldogs 15-10 in the second quarter.
The Dogs came out in the third quarter and showed the Chargers what they really had. Scoring a game-high 25 points in the quarter and allowing only 17 to take a 56-48 lead going into the final quarter.
The Bulldogs put the game away by outscoring the Chargers 22-9 in the fourth quarter. The final score was 78-57.
"We came out flat in the first half, but then we really turned it on in the second half, playing some of the best ball of the season," commented head coach Ric Koehn.
The Dogs had four players that scored in double figures. Senior guard Stacy Lieser led the team with 19 points, four steals, and seven assists.
Glenz added 16 points, and also had four of the team's 20 blocked shots. That team total was three more than the girls' conference record of 17 set in 1997.
Senior forward Heidi Jansen recorded another double-double. She scored 10 points and grabbed 19 boards.
Junior forward Danny Lieser added 14 points, including two three-pointers.
The Dogs shot about 50 percent from the field and nearly 60 percent from the free throw line, making 10 of 17.
This week, the girls hosted St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday night.
They will play at state-rated New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Albany 66, Paynesville 63
Albany rallied for a 66-63 win.
The first quarter was again a hot one for the Dogs, who scored 23 points and allowed only 13. Stacy Lieser scored 14 of her 18 points in the first quarter.
After Lieser "took it to 'em" in the first quarter, the Huskies started to play tighter defense. Albany only gave up one basket to Ann Stalboerger and five free throws by Amamda Glenz in the second quarter. The Huskies outscored the Dogs 22-7 in the second quarter and led 35-30 at halftime.
The third quarter was a replay of the first, with six players scoring 23 points for the Dogs, who again gave up only 13, retaking a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Dogs were on the low side of the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, as the Huskies scored eight more points than the Dogs and left with a three-point win.
"I was really proud of the way the girls played against one of the better teams in central Minnesota," said coach Koehn. "Just a few breaks one way or the other and we would have pulled off the upset."
Lieser again netted a team high 18 points. She also led the team with nine assists, two steals, and a block. Lieser and Glenz both grabbed six boards for the team.
The Dogs played without starting junior guard Mindy Meagher, who is out with an ankle injury.
The Bulldogs are now 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the WCC North.
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