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|Paynesville Press - February 20, 2002|
Dogs overpowered in losses
The Bulldogs girls' basketball team played their last regular season home game on Monday, Jan. 11, against the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons. The Bulldogs battled well for a half, but the Falcons outscored them 40-18 in the second half and won 67-40.|
The start was slow for the Dogs in the first quarter, scoring 11 points and allowing 18 points to the Falcons. ACGC post Jenna Martin scored 11 of her 23 points in the first quarter.
During the second the Dogs held Martin to only a free throw. The Falcons scored nine points in the second, and five of the nine were on free throws. The Dogs again scored 11 points, cutting into the lead.
The Falcons put the game away in the second half. The Dogs were outscored by ten points in the third quarter, 17-7. The Dogs put up a good fight, but the Falcons continued building their lead in the fourth quarter. The Dogs again scored 11 points, and the Falcons ended with 23, making the final 67-40 for the Falcons.
Senior guard Stacy Lieser netted ten points and added three assists. Junior Danny Lieser added three assists and led the team with two blocked shots and seven rebounds. Senior Heidi Jansen added six rebounds, and sophomore Amanda Glenz had five. Junior Mindy Meagher led with three steals.
The Dogs will play their last regular season game at Albany on Thursday. C- and B-squads start at 6:15 p.m.
The Bulldogs (9-11) have been seeded fourth in District 20, and will host Annandale in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.
St. Cloud Cathedral 85, Paynesville 59
The Dogs started out by breaking the Crusaders full-court press very well, but still had some trouble scoring with only eight points in the first quarter. At the end of the first eight minutes, the Dogs trailed 19-8.
The Dogs started pushing the ball up the floor in the second and got some easy baskets that helped them to come within four during the second quarter.
But the Crusaders scored some quick points at the end of the quarter to take a 40-25 lead at the half. During the first half the Dogs also allowed Crusaders senior post Kit Casey to score 21 of her game-high 25 points.
The Dogs decided they needed to shut down Casey to get back into the game. They did that by allowing her to score only one basket, but the Crusaders still managed to score 23 in the third compared to 16 for the Dogs.
Again, the Dogs held Casey to two points in the fourth quarter, but it still wasn't enough. The Crusaders scored 22 points and the Dogs 18, making the final a 85-59 Cathedral win.
Stacy Lieser again led the team with 20 points. Glenz added 12 points and 11 rebounds for another double-double; she also blocked two shots. Juniors Ann Stalboerger and Meagher added four assists each.
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