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Paynesville Press - January 25, 2006

Dogs top Lakers on last-second hoop

By Michael Jacobson

Senior forward Lynn Lieser scored the game-winning basket with less than five seconds to play as the Bulldogs girls' basketball team swept their season series with the Minnewaska Lakers 47-46 on Friday night at PAHS.

Trailing by one, 46-45, after the Lakers made a free throw to go ahead with 25 seconds to play, the Dogs scored on their final possession, as Lieser got the ball in the low post with five seconds to play and made a six-foot baseline jumper. Minnewaska had three seconds on the clock after Lieser's hoop and called two timeouts to set up a long pass but their 18-footer fell short at the buzzer.

gbb The Dogs trailed 41-35 with eight minutes to play in the second half but outscored the Lakers 12-5 to win. Junior Jacque Schlangen made a free throw and bucket first for the Dogs, who still trailed 43-38 with six and a half minutes to play. Senior Brooke Schmitz made a 15-footer with five and a half minutes to play, and her sophomore sister Brittni Schmitz hit a three-pointer 20 seconds later to tie the game at 43.

Senior guard Ashley Lieser - shown shooting a reverse layup against Minnewaska on Friday - scored 33 points in three games last week.

Lieser put the Dogs ahead with a hoop with just over three minutes to play, but Minnewaska answered seconds later. Paynesville's next possession ended with a turnover, and Minnewaska held the ball for nearly two minutes trying for the last shot. A Bulldog foul with 25 seconds to play allowed the Lakers to take a brief lead before Lieser's score won it for Paynesville.

"We knew it was going to be a battle," said coach Jackie Parsley. "They wanted to avenge their loss up there. I wasn't sure how the girls would handle the game, since it was their third in a week plus it being the end of the quarter, but they were ready and kept fighting. You could feel the energy from the fans right from the start, and I think that helped the girls tremendously!"

The Dogs, now 3-6 in the West Central Conference North and 5-8 overall, rallied in the first half as well. The Lakers jumped to a 7-1 lead, but the Dogs answered with a 9-0 run, holding the Lakers scoreless for five minutes.

The Dogs outscored the Lakers 25-14 following the Lakers' fast start, but Minnewaska got a hoop with 15 seconds left in the half to make the halftime score 26-23 in the Bulldogs' favor. The Lakers took their first lead of the second half at 31-30, and after the Dogs tied the score at 35, the Lakers scored three straight hoops to lead 41-35.

Brittni Schmitz led the Dogs with 15 points, including 10 points in the first half. Brooke Schmitz added 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Schlangen added nine points, and seniors Ashley Lieser and Lynn Lieser added six points each.

The Dogs upset the Lakers at Minnewaska in December 46-43.

This week, the Dogs hosted Melrose on Tuesday night. They will travel to New London to play the New London-Spicer Wildcats on Friday in another conference game.

Next week, the Dogs will host BBE on Monday, Jan. 30, in a nonconference game.

Minnewaska--23 23 - 46
Paynesville--26 21 - 47

Minnewaska 46 - Shiona Beecher 6-1/2-14; Ashley Chan 5-0/0-10; Sara Gregerson 5-0/0-10; Lindsay Solomon-son 2-4/10-8; Emily Roering 2-0/1-4; Jamie Schley 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 20, FT 5/15, 3's 1.

Paynesville 47 - Brittni Schmitz 4-6/10-15; Brooke Schmitz 4-1/2-11; Jacque Schlangen 4-1/2-9; Ashley Lieser 3-0/0-6; Lynn Lieser 3-0/0-6; TOTALS: FG 18/36, FT 8/14, 3's 3.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Brooke Schmitz 2; Brittni Schmitz 1; Rebounds - 22 Ashley Lieser 6; Brooke Schmitz 6; Assists - 9 Brooke Schmitz 5; Steals - 8 Brittni Schmitz 2; Brooke Schmitz 2; Schlangen 2; Blocks - 2.

Albany 83, Dogs 58
The state-rated Albany Huskies remained undefeated in the WCC North, scoring 50 points in the first half and beating the Dogs 83-58 on Thursday in Albany.

The Huskies outscored the Dogs 50-27 in the first half, led by sophomore guard Jennie Noreen with 22 points. Noreen finished with 37 points, on 17 of 25 shooting, for the Huskies, who finished third in Class AA last year.

The Dogs played better in the second half, scoring 31 points and being outscored by only two points, making the final 83-58.

"What can you say?" said coach Jackie Parsley. "They are a tough team. They are great shooters and play aggressive defense. Jennie Noreen is a great player who we unfortunately get to see for two more years."

The Dogs were led by seniors Brooke Schmitz with 15 points and Ashley Lieser with 14 points. Lieser made three three-pointers, while Schmitz made two. The Dogs scored 15 points on three-pointers and 21 points on free throws but only 22 points on other field goals.

The Dogs committed 32 turnovers in the loss. The Huskies had beaten the Dogs 58-39 in December at PAHS.

Paynesville--27 31 - 58
Albany--50 33 - 83

Paynesville 58 - Brooke Schmitz 3-7/8-15; Ashley Lieser 4-3/4-14; Brittni Schmitz 2-3/4-7; Lynn Lieser 1-4/7-6; Jacque Schlangen 2-2/5-6; Allyson Klenke 2-1/1-5; Jessica Lee Klein 1-1/2-3; Amber Jensen 1-0/1-2; Marissa Mackedanz 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 16/37, FT 21/34, 3's 5.

Albany 83 - Jennie Noreen 17-0/1-37; Taylor Voss 5-1/1-12; Sarah Korneck 5-0/2-10; Steph DeGeest 4-0/0-8; Maddie Johnson 2-2/2-6; Rachel Bruns 2-1/3-5; Casey Gunderson 1-0/0-3; Susie Stangler 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 37, FT 4/12, 3's 5.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 5 Ashley Lieser 3; Brooke Schmitz 2; Rebounds - 25 Brooke Schmitz 6; Klenke 5; Assists - 11 Ashley Lieser 3; Steals - 17 Brooke Schmitz 5; Ashley Lieser 3; Lynn Lieser 3; Brittni Schmitz 3; Blocks - 2.

Sauk Centre 67, Dogs 63
The Bulldogs rallied in the second half, outscoring Sauk Centre 32-29 to force overtime, but lost in the extra time as the Mainstreeters compiled a 9-5 edge in extra time.

The Dogs managed only one field goal and three free throws in overtime while host Sauk Centre made three field goals and three free throws to win 67-63 on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

"We shot better this game, but we didn't rebound and take care of the ball," said coach Jackie Parsley. "We have to do much better in those areas. Our defense wasn't as sharp as it usually is."

The Dogs had only 24 rebounds while making 25 turnovers in the loss at Sauk Centre.

Four players reached double figures in scoring: senior Ashley Lieser (13 points); junior Jacque Schlangen (13 points); sophomore Brittni Schmitz (12 points); and senior Brooke Schmitz (12 points). Senior Allyson Klenke added seven points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks off the bench.

Paynesville--26 32 5 - 63
Sauk Centre--29 29 9 - 67

Paynesville 63 - Ashley Lieser 2-8/12-13; Jacque Schlangen 6-1/4-13; Brittni Schmitz 4-3/4-12; Brooke Schmitz 4-2/3-12; Allyson Klenke 3-1/1-7; Amber Jensen 2-0/0-4; Lynn Lieser 1-0/4-2; TOTALS: FG 22/54, FT 15/28, 3's 4.

Sauk Centre 67 - Mariah Kuhlmann 5-4/4-14; Jessica Wiener 5-0/0-13; Jill Gruber 4-3/4-11; Shanna Schmiesing 5-0/2-10; Megan Quistorff 4-1/2-9; Amy Wolf 2-1/2-5; Kelli Olmscheid 0-4/6-4; Livja Chistianson 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 25, FT 14/22, 3's 3.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Brooke Schmitz 2; Ashley Lieser 1; Brittni Schmitz 1; Rebounds - 24 Ashley Lieser 7; Klenke 6; Brooke Schmitz 5; Assists - 19 Brooke Schmitz 7; Klenke 3; Ashley Lieser 3; Brittni Schmitz 3; Steals - 19 Ashley Lieser 8; Brooke Schmitz 5; Brittni Schmitz 3; Blocks - 4 Klenke 2.

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