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Paynesville Press - January 18, 2006

Dogs split despite cool shooting

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs broke a 14-14 halftime tie by outscoring the Morris Tigers 25-16 in the second half, securing a 39-30 nonconference road victory on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

shot "The girls didn't shoot well, but they played great defense to keep us in the game," said coach Jackie Parsley. "Another great team effort from the girls."

Senior post Allyson Klenke scored a hoop against both Morris and Cathedral last week as the Dogs split two games.

The Dogs made only 21 percent of their shots (14 of 66) but they held the Tigers to only 19 percent shooting (12 of 63). The Dogs also were below 50 percent from the free throw line (7 of 17), but so was Morris (5 of 11). The Dogs did make four three-pointers, including three by senior Brooke Schmitz, who led the Dogs with 11 points. They also outrebounded the Tigers 46-24, led by Schmitz with 14 boards.

In the first half, the Dogs made only four field goals, but three of them were from deep. Schmitz made two treys and senior guard Amber Jensen made another to account for nine of the Dogs' 14 first-half points.

Sophomore guard Brittni Schmitz and junior post Jacque Schlangen scored all their points, ten and seven respectively, in the second half as the Dogs outscored Morris 25-16 during the final 18 minutes to secure the win.

three "Our fans were great!," added Parsley. "They were more vocal and into the game compared to Morris. That was great to see, and the girls fed off that (support)."

Senior guard Amber Jensen made a three-pointer to help the Dogs forge a 14-14 halftime tie at Morris last week. They outscored the Tigers 25-16 in the second half to win 39-30.

Brooke Schmitz led the Dogs (4-6) in nearly every statistical category with 11 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and four blocks.

This week, the Dogs played at Sauk Centre on Tuesday night. They will travel to Albany to face the conference-leading Huskies on Thursday. On Friday, they will host Minnewaska.

Next week, the Dogs will host Melrose on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Paynesville--14 25 - 39
Morris--14 16 - 30

Paynesville 39 - Brooke Schmitz 4-0/0-11; Brittni Schmitz 4-2/5-10; Jacque Schlangen 3-1/2-7; Lynn Lieser 1-3/6-5; Amber Jensen 1-0/0-3; Allyson Klenke 1-0/0-2; Ashley Lieser 0-1/4-1; TOTALS: FG 14/66, FT 7/17, 3's 4.

Morris 30 - Jasmine Herich 5-2/3-12; Kelsey Draper 2-1/4-5; Courtney Johnson 2-1/2-5; Jodee Dittbenner 1-0/0-3; Brittney Gruenwaldt 1-1/2-3; Brittany Nelson 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 12/63, FT 5/11, 3's 1.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Brooke Schmitz 3; Jensen 1; Rebounds - 46 Brooke Schmitz 14; Lynn Lieser 8; Ashley Lieser 6; Assists - 12 Brooke Schmitz 5; Ashley Lieser 4; Steals - 12 Brooke Schmitz 5; Ashley Lieser 3; Brittni Schmitz 2; Blocks - 6 Brooke Schmitz 4.

Cathedral 41, Paynesville 38
The Cathedral Crusaders moved into a fifth-place tie in the West Central Conference North in girls' basketball with a 41-38 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday.

The Crusaders got their second conference win by outscoring the Dogs 26-20 in the first half and holding on for a three-point home win. The Dogs fell to 2-4 in the WCC North with the loss.

"The girls fought hard the whole game," said coach Jackie Parsley. "They outrebounded us, plus we didn't shoot well. Hard to win a game shooting 19 percent. Those are definitely areas we will do better at next week."

The Dogs shot 27 percent in all, but only 19 percent on their two-point attempts. They made only 13 field goals, nearly half of which were three-pointers (six).

Trailing 26-20 at halftime, the Dogs outscored the Crusaders 18-15 in the second half. The Crusaders outscored the Dogs 12-6 at the free throw line, having twice as many attempts (26 to 12). In the second half, the Crusaders made only 4 of 13 free throws.

Paynesville was outrebounded 41 to 29 and committed twice as many turnovers as Cathedral (24 to 12).

Paynesville--20 18 - 38
Cathedral--26 15 - 41

Paynesville 38 - Brooke Schmitz 5-0/0-14; Brittni Schmitz 3-3/5-11; Lynn Lieser 2-2/3-6; Jacque Schlangen 2-1/4-5; Allyson Klenke 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 13/48, FT 6/12, 3's 6.

Cathedral 41 - Emma Balfanz 4-1/1-10; Jen Waletzko 2-5/6-9; Lindsey Rothstein 3-1/6-7; Emily Schmidt 2-2/7-6; Kristi Franke 1-1/2-3; Ashley Meyer 0-2/4-2; Kathy Osgood 1-0/0-2; Ann Pederson 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 14, FT 12/26, 3's 1.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 6 Brooke Schmitz 4; Brittni Schmitz 2; Rebounds - 29 Brooke Schmitz 8; Lynn Lieser 7; Assists - 10 Ashley Lieser 3; Steals - 13 Brooke Schmitz 5; Lynn Lieser 2; Marissa Mackedanz 2; Schlangen 2; Blocks - 3 Brooke Schmitz 2.

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