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|Paynesville Press - February 6, 2002|
Bulldogs sputter in losses to Litch, NL-S
The Bulldogs played the Dragons of Litchfield on Thursday night. It wasn't a pretty game whatsoever. The state-rated and conference-leading Dragons took it to the Bulldogs early and often and won 73-35 in Litchfield.|
Paynesville had a tough time breaking the Litchfield press, which caused many turnovers for the Bulldogs and led to a lot of easy baskets for the Dragons.
The Dragons led 26-7 after one quarter, 40-11 at the half, and 68-21 after three quarters. The result was quite different from when the Dogs played the Dragons in Paynesville in December, when the Bulldogs made a fourth-quarter run before falling 58-36.
The Dragons shot 53 from the field last week while the Bulldogs only shot 36 percent. The Dragons out rebounded the Dogs by nine.
Thirteen players scored for Litchfield, including three in double figures, led by junior Hans Hoeg with 18.
Senior Wes Lieser led the Dogs with 13 points.
This week, the Bulldogs played at Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday. They will play at Melrose on Friday, starting with the C- and B-squads at 6:15 p.m.
NL-S 75, Paynesville 49
The Wildcats jumped to a nine-point lead after the first quarter and led the Bulldogs by 18 points at halftime, trailing 38-20.
In the beginning of the third quarter, things began to turn around for the Dogs. They cut the lead to 12, but were unable to stop the Wildcat offense. NL-S outscored Paynesville in all four quarters and won 75-49.
The Bulldogs again shot poorly, only 32 percent from the field, while the Wildcats shot 58 percent.
Lieser led the way for the Bulldogs again with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior Andy Jones added 12 points for the Dogs.
Junior guard Kevin Mehr scored seven points against Litchfield.
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