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|Paynesville Press - January 23, 2002|
Dogs fall to Cathedral
The Bulldogs took on the state-ranked Cathedral Crusaders on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The girls knew going into the game that they would have to work hard and play aggressive if they wanted to play with the Crusaders.|
The Bulldogs played well, despite Cathedral's height advantages, but trailed throughout and lost 69-55.
Junior Ann Stalboerger helped the Dogs stay close by scoring nine points off the bench.
The Crusaders played good defense throughout the first quarter, holding the Dogs to only 11 points. The Dogs played scrappy and worked hard, but they still gave up 18 points.
The second quarter was a bit closer. The Dogs only allowed the Crusaders to score one more basket than they were able to score themselves. The Dogs handled the Crusaders' full-court press well, which led to some easy baskets.
It still wasn't enough to lift the Dogs over the Crusaders at the half. The score at the break was 33-24 in favor of Cathedral.
The Crusaders maintained their advantage in the third quarter, outscoring the Dogs 13-11 again.
The Dogs trailed by 12 points entering the final quarter but gave Cathedral a scare before time expired. With three minutes left, senior Heidi Jansen scored two rebound baskets and junior Hannah Braun added a free throw, as the Dogs cut the Crusaders' lead to eight, at 56-48. The Crusaders' senior center Kit Casey also fouled out with three minutes to play.
But the Crusaders rebounded and outscored the Bulldogs 13-7 the rest of the way to win 69-55. In all, the Bulldogs scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the Crusaders scored 23 points.
"Matching up with Cathedral's height was quite a challenge. Amanda Glenz really took some big steps forward, and all the players learned a lot as they should playing against a team like Cathedral, who are now ranked number nine in the state," said coach Ric Koehn. "These games - Albany, Cathedral, and New London-Spicer - should make us a very tough team down the stretch."
Sophomore Amanda Glenz stepped up to the height of the Cathedral girls. Putting the moves on to score 21 points and grab 12 rebounds. This was Glenz's third double-double of the season.
Senior Stacy Lieser led the team with four steals. Lieser and Braun each had three assists.
The girls' and boys' basketball teams will host a doubleheader with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Thursday. Both B-squads will play at 5 p.m. The girls' varsity game should start around 6:30 p.m., and the boys' varsity should start around 8 p.m.
The girls will also play at Melrose on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the usual time of 6:15 p.m. for C- and B-squads and around 7:30 p.m. for the varsity.
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