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Paynesville Press - February 22, 2006

Bulldogs edge Streeters, 45-43

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs girls' basketball edged Sauk Centre on Thursday 45-43, earning their fifth conference win and moving into fifth place in the West Central Conference North.

The Dogs earned a season split with the Mainstreeters, who had beaten them in overtime in Sauk in January, 67-63, and moved into fifth place in the conference with a record of 5-9.

The Bulldogs led 27-22 at halftime and held on to win 45-43 after the Mainstreeters outscored them 21-18 in the second half at PAHS.

Junior post Jacque Schlangen led the Dogs with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Brittni Schmitz added 13 points, including two three-pointers.

"We rebounded very well tonight," said coach Jackie Parsley, who also praised the Dogs' bench for stepping up, especially senior post Allyson Klenke, who scored six points (the Dogs' third leading scorer) off the bench.

Senior guard Ashley Lieser had five assists to lead the Dogs, and senior wing Brooke Schmitz led the Dogs with eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

The Dogs will end their regular season this week. They hosted ACGC on Monday night and will host Howard Lake-Waverly on Thursday.

Next week, the Dogs will start the District 20 playoffs. The Dogs, seeded seventh, will play at second-seeded New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the district quarterfinals.

Seedings for District 20 are: (1) Eden Valley-Watkins; (2) New London-Spicer; (3) Howard Lake-Waverly; (4) BBE; (5) Maple Lake; (6) St. Cloud Cathedral; (7) Paynesville; and (8) Kimball. The district semifinals will be held on Thursday, March 2, at Dassel-Cokato, with the Dogs playing at 7:45 p.m. if they can beat NL-S. The district title game will be held at Howard Lake on Saturday, March 4, at 6 p.m.

Sauk Centre--22 21 - 43
Paynesville--27 18 - 45

Sauk Centre 43 - Kelli Olmscheid 4-2/3-10; Megan Quistorff 3-3/4-9; Jessica Wiener 2-3/5-7; Jill Gruber 2-2/2-6; Shanna Schmiesing 2-2/4-6; Annie Borgmann 1-2/3-4; Amy Wolf 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 14, FT 15/23, 3's 0.

Paynesville 45 - Jacque Schlangen 7-0/1-14; Brittni Schmitz 4-3/3-13; Allyson Klenke 2-2/3-6; Ashley Lieser 0-5/6-5; Brooke Schmitz 1-2/5-4; JessiccaLee Klein 1-0/0-2; Lynn Lieser 0-1/3-1; TOTALS: FG 15, FT 13/21, 3's 2.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Brittni Schmitz 2; Rebounds - 31 Schlangen 8; Brooke Schmitz 8; Lynn Lieser 7; Assists - 11 Ashley Lieser 5; Brooke Schmitz 3; Steals - 9 Brooke Schmitz 3; Blocks - 2 Brooke Schmitz 2.

EV-W 78, Paynesville 41
Eden Valley-Watkins outscored the Bulldogs 46-12 in the first half and cruised to a 78-41 victory in a nonconference game on Monday, Feb. 13.

The Eagles opened a two-dozen-point lead by holding the Dogs to four field goals in the first half, while making 19 themselves, including five three-pointers. Ninth grader Hannah Linz had 21 of her game-high 24 points in the first half for the Eagles.

The Dogs scored 29 points in the second half, as EV-W widened their lead by only three to win 78-41. Sophomore guard Brittni Schmitz had all ten of her points in the second half, and ninth grade post JessiccaLee Klein had eight of her ten points in the second half for the Bulldogs.

"We played a lot better in the second half," said coach Jackie Parsley. "They are a great team."

The Eagles were led by Linz with 24 points, senior guard Jena Albright with 12, and senior guard Krista Opheim with 11. Opheim, who recently set a new state record for career assists, also dished seven assists in the game.

EV-W--46 32 - 78
Paynesville--12 29 - 41

Eden Valley-Watkins 78 - Hannah Linz 9-2/3-24; Jena Albright 4-2/3-12; Krista Opheim 5-0/0-11; Amber Junker 4-0/0-8; Ellen Becker 3-0/0-6; Megan Stommes 3-0/0-6; Kelley Theis 2-0/0-5; Lacy Hemmesch 1-0/0-2; Brittany Henfling 1-0/0-2; Dani Babbitt 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 33, FT 4/6, 3's 8.

Paynesville 41 - JessiccaLee Klein 4-2/3-10; Brittni Schmitz 4-0/0-10; Brooke Schmitz 3-0/2-8; Jacque Schlangen 2-3/5-7; Ashley Lieser 2-0/0-4; Lynn Lieser 0-2/2-2; TOTALS: FG 15/55, FT 7/12, 3's 4.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Brittni Schmitz 2; Brooke Schmitz 2; Rebounds - 29 Ashley Lieser 6; Schlangen 6; Assists - 8 Ashley Lieser 3; Steals - 8 Brittni Schmitz 3; Brooke Schmitz 3; Blocks - 3 Brooke Schmitz 3.

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