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Paynesville Press - March 3, 2004

Defense rules as ACGC downs Dogs

By Michael Jacobson

State-rated ACGC used suffocating defense to beat the Bulldogs girls' basketball team 41-33 in the regular season finale for Paynesville on Thursday night.

ACGC - rated #7 in Class AA with only two losses this year (to Albany and NL-S) - held the Bulldogs to only 10 field goals and 33 points in winning the nonconference game.

ACGC led 20-12 at the half, after holding the Bulldogs to seven points in the first quarter and five in the second. But the Dogs found some offense in the third quarter, scoring 12 points and cutting the Falcons' lead to 27-23.

ACGC widened their lead again in the first minutes of the final frame, but the Dogs countered with a mid-quarter rally. A bucket off an offensive rebound by junior Rachael Wendlandt, who led the team with nine rebounds and scored six points, brought the Dogs within four points again, at 34-30, with three minutes to play.

Junior Kendra Johnson, who led the Dogs with nine points, had a 19-foot jump shot go in-and-out on the Dogs' next possession. Then she made two free throws with just over two minutes to play to cut ACGC's lead to just two, at 34-32.

But the Falcons outscored the Dogs 7-2 the rest of the way, including making five of seven free throws, and won 41-33.

For the game, the Bulldogs made 10 of their 43 shots from the floor (just 23 percent). But ACGC did not shoot much better, only 29 percent. ACGC, however, made six three-pointers, while the Dogs went 0-9. ACGC shot better from behind the three-point line (6 for 21) than they did from inside it (7 for 24).

ACGC's defense also forced the Bulldogs into 19 turnovers, against only two assists, and held leading scorer Amanda Glenz to six points, 15 below her average.

The Bulldogs did make 13 of 17 free throws, topping 75 percent.

The Dogs ended the regular season with a record of 14-7.

This week, the Bulldogs will start the district playoffs. The Bulldogs, seeded third, will host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the District 20 quarter-finals. If they win, the Bulldogs will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, where they most likely would face second-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins.

That game, along with the other district semifinal, would be held at Annandale High School on Saturday afternoon. The first semifinal, likely featuring top-seeded NL-S, is scheduled for 2 p.m., while the Bulldogs would play starting at 4 p.m.

The district championship game will be held on Tuesday, March 9, in Maple Lake starting at 6:15 p.m.

ACGC--12 18 7 14 - 41
Paynesville--7 5 12 9 - 33

ACGC 41 - Katie Johnson 5-2/4-14; Kara Karlsgodt 4-3/6-12; Jenny Cunningham 1-1/2-4; Jamie Tanner 1-1/2-3; Shonta Topp 1-0/0-3; Kendra Kinzer 1-0/0-3; Brittany Nelson 0-2/2-2; TOTALS: FG 13/45, FT 9/16, 3's 6.

Paynesville 33 - Kendra Johnson 2-5/7-9; Kim Hess 2-4/4-8; Amanda Glenz 2-2/4-6; Rachael Wendlandt 3-0/0-6; Brittany Lieser 1-2/2-4; TOTALS: FG 10/43, FT 13/17, 3's 0.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 0; Rebounds - 31 Wendlandt 9; Glenz 7; Lieser 6; Hess 5; Assists - 2 Glenz 2; Steals - 7 Hess 3; Blocks - 0.

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