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|Paynesville Press - March 10, 2004|
Bulldogs fall in district semis to EV-W
Poor shooting cost the Bulldogs girls' basketball team a chance to advance to the District 20 finals.|
The third-seeded Dogs lost a hard-fought contest to second-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins in the district semifinals at Annandale on Saturday afternoon, 44-39.
Senior Amanda Glenz goes up for a shot in a crowd of EV-W defenders on Saturday in the district semifinals at Annandale. Glenz scored 12 points to lead the Dogs in a losing cause despite the constant attention of the Eagle defense. Glenz ended her career with 1,055 points.
The Bulldogs rallied in the second half against the Eagles but shot only 34 percent from the floor and 33 percent from the free throw line in the loss.
EV-W built a seven-point lead at halftime, 21-14, as they outscored the Bulldogs 14-3 in the second quarter. The Dogs shot only two for 11 on free throws in the first half.
The Bulldogs rallied in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 17-11. EV-W's leading scorer, sophomore Krista Opheim, missed half of that quarter after hitting her head on the floor, and second-leading scorer, junior Krystal Tschumperlin, had to join Opheim on the bench when she got her fourth foul.
With Opheim and Tschumperlin out of the game, the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 11-7 over the last four minutes of the third quarter. The Dogs would have enjoyed a greater advantage but sophomore Jena Albright made two long jump shots for the Eagles.
The Bulldogs took a brief 30-29 lead with 45 seconds left in the third quarter, but EV-W made a layup with 15 seconds left in the quarter to take a 32-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles then scored the first six points of the fourth quarter, building a 38-31 lead. The Bulldogs rallied, getting within 40-39 with three minutes to play, but the Dogs did not score again. EV-W clung to a 42-39 lead until making two free throws with seven seconds to play, winning 44-39.
Junior Kim Hess launches a shot in the first half on Saturday afternoon. She scored six points and had eight assists for the Dogs against EV-W.
The Bulldogs shot 34 percent from the floor (16 for 47) and 33 percent from the free throw line (six for 18). EV-W shot only 31 percent from the floor (17 for 55) but made 64 percent of their free throws (nine for 14), outscoring the Dogs by three points at the free throw line despite shooting four fewer free throws.
"Shooting 33 percent on free throws hurt us," said coach Jackie Parsley. "We usually don't shoot that poorly."
The Dogs did play great defense, with junior Kendra Johnson holding Opheim to six points. (Opheim scored 24 points against the Dogs in a 71-60 victory at PAHS in February.)
Senior Amanda Glenz led the Bulldogs with 12 points, finishing her career with 1,070 points, the third most among female players at PAHS and fourth most overall.
Johnson added nine points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Kim Hess had six points and eight assists, and sophomore guard Ashley Lieser scored seven points, including the Dogs' only three-pointer. Junior Rachael Wendlandt led the Dogs with 11 rebounds.
EV-W advanced to the District 20 finals against New London-Spicer on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs ended their season with a record of 15-8. "It was a great season," said Parsley. "I'm already excited about next season."
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 1 Ashley Lieser 1; Rebounds - 32 Wendlandt 11; Johnson 8; Glenz 5; Assists - 11 Hess 8; Steals - 5 Hess 2; Blocks - 3 Glenz 3.
Eden Valley-Watkins 44 - Krystal Tschumperlin 9; Jen Becker 8; Annie Neisen 6; Dani Babbitt 6; Krista Opheim 6; Jenna Albright 6; Jess Leyendecker 2; Hannah Linz 1; TOTALS: FG 17/55, FT 9/14, 3's 1.
Paynesville 55, HL-W-W 36 The Bulldogs broke open their opening playoff game on Thursday against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted with a 17-4 run in the fourth quarter.
The third-seeded Bulldogs led throughout the game but held only a six-point lead going into the fourth quarter against the sixth-seeded Lakers. The Dogs dominated the final period, outscoring the Lakers 17-4 and winning 55-36.
"We had a great team effort," said Parsley. "It was fun to watch."
The Bulldogs shot less than 30 percent in the game but used their defense to create 21 steals. They limited the Lakers to 33 shots.
The team got balanced scoring with Glenz netting 15 points, Hess and Johnson 11, and junior Brittany Lieser 11. Johnson added seven steals and four assists. Hess had six assists.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Hess 1; Lieser 1; Rebounds - 22 Johnson 6; Assists - 12 Hess 6; Johnson 4; Steals - 21 Johnson 7; Hess 4; Lynn Lieser 4; Blocks - 0.
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