9th grade bb team excels with 8-1 season

This article submitted by Sara Lieser on 1/19/99.

The Paynesville ninth grade girlís basketball team continues to excel upping their record to 8-1.

On Dec. 15, the girls faced Rocori in a nonconference matchup. The game was close and a good one. The game was tied at halftime, 12-12. The Bulldogs outscored Rocori in the third quarter 12-6, but Rocori pulled ahead of the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter to win 31-29.

The girls had a chance to take the game into overtime but didnít succeed. The girls struggled with free throws, making only seven out of 19. This was their first loss of the season.

On Dec. 22, the girls traveled to Annandale, winning 39-24. The game was dedicated to Jaime Wuertz.

The girls started out strong, and never let up. Again the defense was the key in the game. The girls outscored Annandale in every quarter. Missy Bachman carried the team with 17 steals and 22 points.

On Jan. 7, the girls traveled to Sauk Centre, winning another close one, 38-37.

The girls got into early guard trouble with one in foul trouble and another out with a bad ankle. The Mainstreeters outscored the Bulldogs in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs led in the scoring department in the last three quarters. Heidi Jansen made a free throw with five seconds left in the game to put the Bulldogs ahead by one. Jansen led the team with 13 points.

On Jan. 12, the girls had a home game against the Litchfield Dragons; claiming another victory 39-30.

The girls struggled in the first half. They were down by one point at halftime. The team knew if they wanted to win, they would have to take control of the second half. The Bulldogs outscored the Dragons in the third quarter by 10 points (14-4), and came out even in the fourth quarter. Jansen once again led the team with 19 points.

On Jan. 15, the girls traveled to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to take on the Thunder. The game was a low scoring game and a close one until the fourth quarter. The girls won 23-16.

Both teams scored five points in the first quarter, three in the second quarter and six in the third quarter. The Bulldogs took control in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

ďWe continue to be a real exciting team to watch. The girls really play hard and scrap all over court for the entire game. I am proud of their effort, and their desire to win. We scored a lot of our points off the press in each of our games. Come watch us play, you wonít be disapppointed,Ē Coach Dave Randgaard said.

Return to Sports Archives