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|Paynesville Press - January 29, 2003|
NL-S ends Bulldogs' win streak
The fire and energy of the Bulldogs girls' basketball team were not enough to match the Wildcats of New London-Spicer, who ended the Dogs' six-game win streak with a 52-39 victory over the Dogs on Tuesday, Jan. 21. |
The Dogs came out pumped up, determined to put up a mean fight against the defending state champs. Playing tough defense, the Dogs were only down by two after the first quarter, 14-12. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to execute an effective offense in the second quarter, scoring only two points compared to 13 for the Wildcats, who led 27-14 at the half.
"The second quarter killed us, but other than that we really gave them a run for their money," said sophomore guard Kim Hess.
Battling back in the second half, the Cats outscored the Dogs by a mere one point in the third quarter.
The Dogs outscored the Cats 10-9 in the final quarter, cutting the lead to six points at one point, but the Dogs could get no closer.
The second quarter proved to be a nail in the Dogs' coffin, and their glorious win streak came to an end with a well fought 52-39 loss.
The team played tough against the Wildcats and even managed to make NL-S head coach Mike Dreier a little nervous, according to senior forward Hannah Braun. "I want to play them again. I think we can beat them," she added.
Junior Amanda Glenz paved the way for the Dogs with 20 points, followed by senior Ann Stalboerger with 10. Hess and Glenz each showed some aggression with six rebounds apiece. Glenz also redirected five Wildcat shots, while Hess had six assists and four steals.
"The team played very well against a top-ranked program. They can be very proud of their effort," said coach Ric Koehn.
Albany 96, Paynesville 52
Coming out slowly, the Bulldogs trailed 27-13 after one quarter but showed some toughness in the second quarter, where Albany only outscored them by one point.
Unfortunately, the Dogs were unable to keep up with the undefeated Huskies, who outscored them 49-20 in the second half.
The Dogs shot 17 of 74 for the game, making 23 percent of their shots.
Hess did her part to help the Dogs, making all four of her shots from the charity stripe and sinking three three-pointers, netting a total of 17 points. Glenz grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 12 points of her own in attempting to stop the Huskies.
"We ran into a buzz saw tonight. The team kept fighting, and now we need to carry our intensity over into next week's games," said Koehn.
The loss dropped the Dogs' record to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in conference.
This week, the Dogs traveled to face Maple Lake on Monday, and LPGE came to town last night for a conference game. On Friday, the Dogs will travel to Melrose looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Dutchmen in another conference game.
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