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|Paynesville Press - February 6, 2002|
Dogs beat Melrose for season sweep
The Dogs traveled to Melrose and beat the Dutchmen for the second time this season on Tuesday, Jan. 29. In December, the Dogs earned an 11-point home win over Melrose. This time the Dogs wanted to show the Dutchmen how much they have improved.|
The start of the game was very slow. The Dogs scored 11 points in the first quarter, and the Dutchmen were held to nine. Again in the second quarter, the Dogs scored 11, and this time the Dutchmen scored 10, giving the Dogs a three-point halftime lead.
At halftime the Dogs decided they really needed to "take it to 'em" in the second half and put the game away. The Dogs really didn't show how much they wanted to win in the third quarter, but they did extend their lead to four.
However, the Dogs played a really tough fourth quarter. They scored a few quick, unanswered baskets to start the quarter. This led to 22 points by the Dogs, and only 16 by the Dutchmen, which put the game away for the Dogs for a ten-point win, 56-46.
Sophomore Amanda Glenz scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Dogs. Senior Heidi Jansen added 15 points and 12 boards.
Senior Lisa Hemingson added 10 points and led the team with five assists. Senior Stacy Lieser led the team with five steals and added four assists.
The Dogs had trouble getting their shots to fall, shooting only 33 percent from the field. But their free throws were falling, as they made 13 of 19 from the line.
This week, the Bulldogs will play at Sauk Centre on Friday, starting at 6:15 p.m. They will host ACGC on Monday, Feb. 11.
Litchfield 60, Paynesville 48
The game started with a 10-0 run by the Dragons. The Dogs ended the first quarter with only five points, scoring two free throws and a three-pointer. The Dragons had 16 points. In the second quarter, the Dogs really buckled down. They protected the ball and played tough defense that led to even 11-point scoring by each team.
In the third quarter, the Dragons pulled off their full-court press, and the Dogs ran their half-court offense very well. They were again playing tough defense. By scoring one more basket than the Dragons, the Dogs trailed the Dragons by nine entering the fourth quarter.
The Dogs committed a few too many fouls in the last quarter, which led to the Dragons shooting double-bonus free throws. Nine of the 18 Dragon points in the quarter were scored from the line, while the Dogs scored 15 points.
The Dogs lost by 12 points, but they hope to meet the Dragons in the subsection playoffs and really put them to the test.
The Dogs shot only 28 percent from the floor, which really hurt.
Junior Danny Lieser led the team with 14 points, and Stacy Lieser added 12. Each hit three three-pointers.
Glenz grabbed nine boards, while Danny Lieser grabbed eight. Stacy Lieser led the team by dishing seven assists. Junior Ann Stalboerger led the team with two blocked shots.
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