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Paynesville Press - March 1, 2006

HL-W, ACGC top Dogs last week

By Michael Jacobson

Howard Lake-Waverly answered every basket by the Bulldogs for the first 15 minutes of the second half and defeated the girls' basketball team for the second time this season on Thursday 62-42 at PAHS.

layup The Bulldogs trailed by seven at halftime 30-23 but got no closer in the second half. The Lakers scored the first two baskets of the second half to take an 11-point lead, 34-23, and the Dogs never got within ten points again.

Senior Allyson Klenke scores two of her six points in the Dogs' 62-42 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly on Thursday in their last home game of the season.

For the first 15 minutes of the second half, whenever the Dogs scored the Lakers answered on their next possession. So, when sophomore Britt Schmitz made a free throw three minutes into the second half for the Dogs' first point of the half, getting the Dogs within ten at 34-24, Howard Lake-Waverly scored on their next possession to extend the lead to a dozen.

The Dogs cut the lead to ten twice more in the first five minutes of the second half - the first time when senior Brooke Schmitz found junior Jacque Schlangen for a layup and again when Brittni Schmitz hit a runner in the lane.

Then HL-W converted a three-point play, which extended their lead to 13. Twice the Dogs cut that back to 11 - first when Brooke Schmitz made an 18-footer and again when senior Amber Jensen found senior Allyson Klenke for a layup. That made it 43-32.

For the next six minutes, however, the Dogs scored only two points, as the Lakers used a 14-2 run to build their largest lead of the game at 57-34. The Dogs outscored the Lakers 8-5 over the last four minutes of the game, making the final score 62-42.

In the first half, the Lakers jumped to a 5-0 lead before the Dogs moved the ball over halfcourt, making a three-pointer on their first possession and then stealing the ball with their press for a layup.

Brooke Schmitz made two treys for six of the Dogs' first eight points.

Trailing 15-10, the Dogs held HL-W scoreless for four minutes and used a 7-0 run to take their only lead at 17-15. Ninth grader JessiccaLee Klein made a six-footer for the first basket in that run, then junior Marissa Mackedanz found Schlangen for a layup to get the Dogs within one at 15-14. And then Brooke Schmitz found Jensen for a three-pointer with 8:40 to go in the first half for that 17-15 lead.

shot The Lakers scored on their next possession to tie the game at 17-17 and proceeded to go on a 13-0 run to rebuild their lead to 28-17, holding the Dogs scoreless for six minutes following their brief lead.

Senior Amber Jensen - watched by her mother - made a three-pointer in the first half against HL-W. Her shot gave the Bulldogs their only lead of the game at 17-15.

The Dogs did end the first half with a 6-2 run to get back within seven points. Brittni Schmitz scored four points in that run, and senior Lynn Lieser was fouled at the buzzer and made two free throws to end the half.

The Lakers - with four players 5' 10" or taller - outrebounded the Dogs 45-21 in the game. Their 6' 1" junior center Angie Gatz had a half dozen blocked shots, as the Dogs shot only 30 percent from the floor.

The Lakers also beat the Bulldogs 71-54 in December at the Dogs' home holiday tourney.

With the loss, the Dogs ended their regular season with a record of 7-14.

The Dogs opened the District 20 playoffs on Tuesday at New London-Spicer. The Dogs are seeded seventh while the Wildcats are the second seed. Game time was 7:30 p.m. (Eden Valley-Watkins is the top seed, while HL-W is third.)

Howard Lake-Waverly--30 32 - 62
Paynesville--23 19 - 42

Howard Lake-Waverly 62 - Katie Pettit 6-0/0-14; Brittany Drew 6-1/6-13; Sam Painshab 5-1/1-12; Leah Schaal 5-1/1-11; Karissa Remer 2-0/0-4; Becker Decker 1-0/0-3; Brittany Streich 1-0/0-3; Kristal Sawatzke 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 27, FT 3/8, 3's 5.

Paynesville 42 - Brooke Schmitz 4-1/2-11; Brittni Schmitz 3-3/4-10; Allyson Klenke 3-0/0-6; Jacque Schlangen 3-0/0-6; JessiccaLee Klein 2-0/0-4; Amber Jensen 1-0/0-3; Lynn Lieser 0-2/4-2; TOTALS: FG 16/53, FT 6/10, 3's 4.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Brooke Schmitz 2; Jensen 1; Brittni Schmitz 1; Rebounds - 25 Klein 5; Ashley Lieser 5; Assists - 11 Ashley Lieser 3; Steals - 11 Brooke Schmitz 4; Ashley Lieser 3; Blocks - 4 Klenke 2.

ACGC 48, Paynesville 43
The ACGC Falcons built a ten-point lead in the first half and held on to beat the Bulldogs 48-43 in a nonconference basketball game on Monday, Feb. 20.

ACGC led 28-18 at halftime. While the Dogs outscored the Falcons 25-20 in the second half, ACGC won by five points.

The Dogs shot only 28 percent from the floor in the loss (17 of 61). They also did not shoot well from the free throw line, making less than 50 percent (5 of 12).

Seniors Ashley Lieser and Brooke Schmitz led the Dogs with 10 points each. Both made four field goals, including two three-pointers apiece. Schmitz had eight points in the first half, while Lieser had eight points in the second half.

ACGC--28 20 - 48
Paynesville--18 25 - 43

ACGC 48 - Sara Lind 5-3/5-14; Brittany Smith 5-3/4-13; Kjersten Karlsgodt 3-0/0-7; Kayla Dahlman 2-0/0-4; Toni Litzau 2-0/0-4; Kristen Whitcomb 1-2/2-4; Rachael Ruzicka 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 19, FT 8/11, 3's 2.

Paynesville 43 - Ashley Lieser 4-0/0-10; Brooke Schmitz 4-0/0-10; JessiccaLee Klein 3-2/2-8; Brittni Schmitz 2-2/2-6; Jacque Schlangen 2-1/4-5; Lynn Lieser 2-0/3-4; Marissa Mackedanz 0-0/1-0; TOTALS: FG 17/61, FT 5/12, 3's 4.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Ashley Lieser 2; Brooke Schmitz 2; Rebounds - 27 Ashley Lieser 6; Lynn Lieser 6; Brooke Schmitz 6; Assists - 9; Steals - 15 Brooke Schmitz 7; Schlangen 3; Lynn Lieser 2; Blocks - 3 Brooke Schmitz 2.

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