Things started off promising for the Bulldogs in the first quarter. Carin Frenchick had eight of her team leading 13 points in the first.
In the second quarter, Litchfield adjusted to a triangle-and-two defense that the Bulldogs played on the Rambow girls. However, Paynesville was having a tough time with their offense, and only scored five second quarter points. At halftime Paynesville was down 28-17.
Carrie Hemmesch helped out in the third quarter, scoring six of the team's eight points in the quarter. Litchfield continued to score on the Bulldogs. At one point Paynesville was down by 20, the largest lead a team has had at home.
"The girls didn't come out and play with as much intensity as when we played them the first time," said coach Pat Deegan.
This loss put the girls in third place in the West Central Conference North.
Leading the Bulldogs were Frenchick and Hemmesch with 13 and 11 points apiece.
On Thursday, ACGC traveled to Paynesville to face the Bulldogs for Parents' Night. The Bulldogs had no trouble defeating the Falcons and improved their overall record to 11-8.
Paynesville got off to a good start and scored 18 first quarter points. Carin Frenchick had another outstanding first quarter scoring 12 of her 22 points.
In the second quarter the Bulldogs slacked on their defense allowing 20 points, cutting the lead to one point at halftime, 30-29.
Steph Krupke dribbles upcourt against the Falcons as Carin Frenchick follows.
In the second half the Bulldogs excelled on both offense and defense scoring 35 points, and allowing 13. Tanya Lieser scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half, with the help of Paynesville's guards, who dished out a number of assists. Frenchick and Lieser combined for 45 of the teams' 65 points.
Leading the Bulldogs was Lieser with 23 points, and 10 rebounds. Frenchick was close behind with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Steph Krupke added 10 points and seven assists.
ACGC 9 20 4 9 - 42 Paynesville 18 12 18 17 - 65
Sauk Centre 46
On Friday, the Bulldogs headed to Sauk Centre to take revenge on their loss earlier in the season. Paynesville was ahead most of the game, but couldn't manage to pull off the upset against the conference-leading Mainstreeters.
Paynesville's offense clicked in the first quarter, but so did Sauk Centre's. The Mainstreeters had a one point advantage at the end of the first quarter 16-15.
Sauk Centre's lead slowly faded as the Bulldogs played excellent defense, allowing only four second quarter points. Paynesville went on to score 16 points and take an 11-point lead at halftime, 31-20.
Things changed, however, in the third quarter. Paynesville had a lot of trouble scoring, and didn't get a basket until 2:30 remaining in the third. This allowed Sauk Centre to catch up. But Paynesville still had a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Sauk Centre's crowd was fired up as the Mainstreeters came out with intensity. The score was tied, but Sauk Centre regained the lead with minutes remaining, and the Bulldogs couldn't catch them. Paynesville lost by the score of 46-43.
"We have to learn to play four quarters. The third quarter usually kills us in big games," said coach Deegan.
Leading the Bulldogs was Stacy Lieser with 15 points and six steals. Tanya Lieser added 14 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots.
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