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Paynesville Press - February 11, 2004

Dogs top Sauk on free throws

By Michael Jacobson

Junior guard Kim Hess made two free throws with seven seconds to play to give the Bulldogs girls' basketball team a 41-39 victory over Sauk Centre on Friday night.

With the score tied, Hess missed a runner in the lane with 10 seconds to play, but the ball went out of bounds off Sauk Centre. Hess was fouled in the act of shooting on the inbounds play and sunk both free throws for the winning margin. Sauk Centre's shot at the buzzer bounced off the backboard and then the front iron.

Junior Brittany Lieser led a second-half charge for the Bulldogs. She scored all 11 of her points in the second half and led the Dogs in scoring. The Dogs built an eight-point lead in the third quarter, as Lieser scored six straight points, but Sauk rallied in the fourth.

Senior Amanda Glenz added ten points, including her 1,000th career point a minute into the third quarter. Her 12-foot turnaround jumper gave the Dogs their first lead since the first quarter.

Glenz scored three layups to start the game, as the Dogs took an early lead, but with Glenz needing only one more point to reach 1,000, Sauk Centre double and triple teamed her. In the second half, Sauk packed a zone around Glenz, limiting her to two mid-range jump shots.

Hess finished with seven points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Junior Kendra Johnson had seven steals, six rebounds, and three assists and scored six points - making six of eight from the free throw line, while neither her teammates nor Sauk Centre topped 50 percent.

Junior Rachael Wendlandt grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs had their defense working against Sauk Centre, for most of the game, said coach Jackie Parsley, but could not get their shots to fall. (The Dogs shot 27 percent from the floor versus Sauk and 50 percent from the free throw line.)

"Hopefully, we can get both clicking against Cathedral," added Parsley.

The Bulldogs, now 6-2 in the conference and 13-5 overall, do not play again until Friday, Feb. 13, at St. Cloud Cathedral. The outcome of this game could determine who takes second in the conference.

Sauk Centre--13 9 6 11 - 39
Paynesville--11 10 9 11 - 41

Sauk Centre 39 - Shantell Kuhlman 4-0/1-8; Krystle Ross 3-0/0-7; Emily Rousslange 2-3/6-7; Amanda Gruber 3-0/3-6; Brooke Engen 2-0/0-5; Jenny Middendorf 1-2/2-4; Amy Wolf 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 16/40, FT 5/12, 3's 2.

Paynesville 41 - Brittany Lieser 5-1/4-11; Amanda Glenz 5-0/4-10; Kim Hess 2-3/4-7; Kendra Johnson 0-6/8-6; Kayla Mackedanz 1-0/0-3; Rachael Wendlandt 1-0/0-2; Sam Moser 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 15/55, FT 10/20, 3's 1.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 1 Mackedanz 1; Rebounds - 38 Wendlandt 10; Hess 7; Glenz 6; Johnson 6; Lieser 5; Assists - 10 Hess 5; Johnson 3; Steals - 17 Johnson 7; Lieser 4; Glenz 3; Hess 3; Blocks - 1.

EV-W 71, Paynesville 60
Eden Valley-Watkins built a big first-half lead and held on to beat the Bulldogs 71-60 on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The Eagles outscored the Dogs 22-12 in the first quarter and built a 41-27 lead at the half. They maintained a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter, but the Dogs rallied in the fourth, cutting their lead to ten with two minutes to play and to nine with a minute to play. But the Dogs could get no closer.

Both teams shot very well, with the Bulldogs topping 50 percent from the floor (25 for 49) and EV-W shooting nearly as well (27 for 56). Neither team shot as well from the free throw line, but the Eagles did make six three-pointers.

"We got the scoring we were looking for, but our defense was lacking," said Parsley. "They are a good ballhandling and shooting team."

Glenz led the Bulldogs with 19 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Hess and Lieser each added 13 points, with Hess contributing nine assists and Lieser leading the team with seven rebounds.

Wendlandt led the Bulldogs with four steals.

EV-W was led by sophomore guard Krista Opheim, who tallied 24 points. Seventh grader Hannah Linz added 15, and junior Krystal Tschumperlin had 13.

EV-W--22 19 15 15 - 71
Paynesville--12 15 15 18 - 60

EV-W 71 - Krista Opheim 10-2/5-24; Hannah Linz 6-1/2-15; Krystal Tschum-perlin 4-3/6-13; Jen Becker 3-3/6-9; Annie Neisen 2-0/0-4; Dani Babbitt 1-2/2-4; Jamie Butterfass 1-0/0-2; Amber Junker 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 27/56, FT 11/23, 3's 6.

Paynesville 60 - Amanda Glenz 7-5/8-19; Kim Hess 5-2/2-13; Brittany Lieser 6-0/0-13; Kendra Johnson 4-1/3-9; Rachael Wendlandt 3-0/1-6; Bridgette Johnson 0-0/1-0; TOTALS: FG 25/49, FT 8/15, 3's 2.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Hess 1; Lieser 1; Rebounds - 21 Lieser 7; Glenz 5; Assists - 15 Hess 9; Steals - 7 Wendlandt 4; Blocks - 3 Glenz 2.

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