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Paynesville Press - March 6, 2002

Dogs win, then lose in playoffs

By Sara Lieser

Stacy Lieser The Bulldogs girls' basketball team advanced to the District 20 semifinals last week by beating Annandale in the opening round but were eliminated from the playoffs by state-rated New London-Spicer on Thursday.

Senior Stacy Lieser (left) led the Bulldogs with 18 points in their 50-42 victory over the Annandale Cardinals last week.

The Dogs started the playoffs with home court advantage against the Annandale Cardinals on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The Paynesville girls' basketball team had not won a first round playoff game in a few years, but the girls won this time, 50-42.

The Dogs did not show how much they wanted to win in the first quarter, as the Cardinals scored the first eight points and led 8-0 four minutes into the game. At the end of the first quarter, the Dogs still trailed 11-6.

The Dogs picked it up in the second, scoring the first nine points of the quarter to take a 15-11 lead. For the quarter, the Dogs outscored the Cardinals by six points to put the Dogs up by one at the half, 21-20.

The Cardinals outscored the Dogs by a basket in the third to take a one-point lead going into the final quarter. But the Dogs came out in the fourth quarter with fire. They outscored the Cardinals 20-11 in the final quarter, connecting on eight of ten shots from the free throw line to put the game away.

The Dogs advanced to the second round of the playoffs with the 50-42 victory.

"This was a big win for us. The girls worked hard, and even though the fate stayed close until the fourth quarter they never gave up and the last quarter showed it," commented coach Ric Koehn on the win.

Senior guard Stacy Lieser led the Dogs with 18 points and three assists. Sophomore post Amanda Glenz added 14 points and 11 rebounds for another double-double. Glenz also led with four steals.

Senior Heidi Jansen also added three assists.

Annandale--11 9 11 11 - 42
Paynesville--6 15 9 20 - 50

Annandale 42- Jill Starke 2; Mary Jo Gelder 7; Amanda Opatz 11; Mandi Grassman 3; Chelsie Miller 4; Jillian Maki 15.
Paynesville 50 - Stacy Lieser 6-2/2-18; Mindy Meagher 1-0/2-3; Ann Stalboerger 1-2/2-5; Hannah Braun 3-0/0-6; Amanda Glenz 3-8/13-14; Danny Lieser 1-0/1-2; Heidi Jansen 1-0/0-2. TOTALS: FG 16/46, FT 12/20, 3's 6.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Stacy Lieser 4; Meagher 1; Stalboerger 1; Rebounds - 31 Glenz 11; Assists - 13 Stacy Lieser 3; Jansen 3; Steals - 11 Glenz 4; Blocks - 0.

New London-Spicer 68, Paynesville 33
The Dogs took on the top-seeded New London-Spicer Wildcats in the second round of the district playoffs on Thursday in Willmar. The Wildcats finished second in the state last year and have been rated in state all year.

The game didn't start the way the Dogs wanted. The Wildcats jumped to a 24-6 lead after the first quarter.

The Dogs did better in the second quarter, scoring about even with the Cats. But the Cats still led 33-14 at the half.

The Cats outscored the Bulldogs 20-12 in the third quarter and 15-7 in the fourth quarter to win 68-33. The loss ended the Dogs' season.

Glenz led the team with seven points, and Jansen was right behind with six. Glenz also grabbed six boards, despite the height of the Wildcats.

Jansen led with three steals. Junior Mindy Meagher led with two assists, and junior Ann Stalboerger had the only block for the Dogs.

"New London Spicer just has too much for us to be able to compete with them at this time,"Ęsaid Koehn. "After all, they are one of the favorites to win the state championship."

The Bulldogs ended their season with a record of 10-13.

Paynesville--6 8 12 7 - 33
NL-S--24 9 20 15 - 68

New London Spicer 68 - Michelle Buboltz 3; Allison Bratsch 9; Erin Kulset 2; Kari Haug 3; Mary Kelling 8; Melanie Henjum 26; Kellie Heinen 15; Carrie Westre 2.
Paynesville 33 - Stacy Lieser 1-1/2-4; Kendra Johnson 1-0/0-2; Ann Stalboerger 2-0/0-4; Hannah Braun 1-0/0-3; Sara Lieser 1-0/0-3; Rachel Sogge 2-0/0-4; Amanda Glenz 2-3/4-7; Heidi Jansen 2-2/2-6. TOTALS: FG 12/36, FT 6/8, 3's 3.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Stacy Lieser 1; Sara Lieser 1; Braun 1; Rebounds - 17 Glenz 6; Assists - 5 Meagher 2; Steals - 8 Glenz 2; Blocks - 1 Stalboerger 1.

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