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Paynesville Press - February 12, 2003

Dogs nip Streeters, 45-42

By Ann Stalboerger

The Bulldogs girls' basketball team picked up their second straight conference win on Thursday against the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters, winning on the road 45-42.

Despite their sluggish start, the Dogs showed a lot of heart in the second half, battling back from a ten-point deficit in the second quarter.

Down by six at the half, 23-17, the Dogs came out of the locker room determined to turn things around and win the game. They outscored the Streeters 16-9 in the third quarter and took the lead for the first time, leading 33-32 heading into the fourth quarter. The Dogs scored 12 points, to 10 for Sauk, in the fourth quarter to win 45-42.

Foul trouble and low shooting percentages once again plagued the Dogs, as they fought tooth and nail to stay ahead of the Streeters. "The Bulldogs showed a lot of heart in this game. The second half they really picked it up and never quit," said head coach Ric Koehn.

Leading the offensive drive for the Dogs in their second half comeback was junior Amanda Glenz, who scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half. Glenz also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Senior Danny Lieser netted two three-pointers in the second quarter and finished the game with 11 points and 11 boards of her own.

Senior Hannah Braun dished out four assists and four steals, and senior Ann Stalboerger grabbed eight rebounds.

The Dogs are now 8-9 for the season, including 4-4 in conference.

The Dogs traveled to Grove City to face Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) on Monday. They will await the arrival of the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders on Friday, where the girls and the boys will play a doubleheader against the Crusaders. The girls' junior varsity will play at 6:15 p.m. in the middle school gym, while the boys' varsity plays in the high school gym. The girls' varsity will follow the boys' varsity around 8 p.m. in the high school gym. The girls' ninth grade will play at 6 p.m. at the elementary school.

The girls will host state-rated Albany in their last regular season game on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the B- and C-squads starting at 6:15 p.m.

Paynesville--9 8 16 12 - 45
Sauk Centre--8 15 9 10 - 42

Paynesville 50 - Amanda Glenz 8-5/7-21; Danny Lieser 4-0/1-11; Kim Hess 2-2/4-7; Hannah Braun 2-0/2-4; Ann Stalboerger 1-0/2-2; Kendra Johnson 0-0/0-0; TOTALS: FG 17/63, FT 7/16.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Lieser 3; Hess 1; Rebounds - 38 Glenz 11; Lieser 11; Stalboerger 8; Assists - 9 Braun 4; Steals - 12 Braun 4; Hess 3; Stalboerger 3; Blocks - 1.

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