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|Paynesville Press - January 30, 2002|
Bulldogs get revenge against LPGE
The Bulldogs girls' basketball team got revenge on the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder on Thursday. The Bulldogs suffered a 15-point loss to the Thunder earlier in the season, but this time around the Dogs won 58-52.|
The Dogs led 15-14 after the first quarter but the Thunder picked up their defense in the second quarter, limiting the Dogs to only seven points. The Thunder continued to run their offense and scored 15 points, building a seven-point lead at the half.
The Bulldogs rallied in the second half, outscoring LPGE 36-27 in the final 16 minutes.
In the third quarter, the Dogs had a huge period offensively, scoring 22 points. The Thunder were getting tired, and the Dogs used it to their advantage. They pushed the ball up the floor to score 22 points, while holding the Thunder to 13.
Leading by two entering the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs outscored the Thunder 14-10, which lifted the Dogs to a 58-52 victory.
"This was the first time this season that we were down at halftime and came back to win," said head coach Ric Koehn. "That shows that this team has a will to win, which should help us down the stretch."
The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the floor in the victory, making 21 of 48 shots.
The victory was the Dogs' second in conference play and improved their record to 7-8 overall and 2-5 in the WCC North.
Sophomore Amanda Glenz led the team with 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior Heidi Jansen added 13 points and 11 boards.
Senior Stacy Lieser scored 10 points and led the team with eight assists and three steals.
Junior Mindy Meagher led the team with two blocks.
The Dogs played at Melrose on Tuesday. Their only other game this week is at home against Litch on Thursday.
LP/GE 52- Jae Venekamp 17; Kayla Kleinschmidt 10; Robyn Earhart 6; Amanda Katterhasen 6; Jodi Miller 12; Eva Brandes 1.
The Dogs were shut out in the first quarter by the Wildcats, who scored 20 points. The Wildcats' full-court press caused many turnovers by the Dogs.
Two minutes into the second quarter, the Dogs scored their first points of the game. The Dogs managed to score 11 points that quarter against the Wildcats, who lost in overtime in the state finals in Class AA a year ago.
The third quarter hurt the Dogs the most. Scoring five points and giving up 26 put them down by 52 points entering the final quarter.
During the final quarter, the Dogs outscored the Wildcats by one basket, 14-12, making the final 79-30.
"We played what may be the top AA school in the state. Hopefully we have learned from our experience and will be a better team for it," said coach Koehn.
Juniors Ann Stalboerger and Danny Lieser led the Bulldogs with seven points each. Glenz led the team with six rebounds. Lieser added two steals and two blocked shots.
The Wildcats held the Dogs to 25 percent shooting.
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