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|Paynesville Press - December 5, 2001|
Cold shooting hurts Dogs
Due to the bad weather the girls' basketball team's first game against Kimball was postponed from Tuesday, Nov. 27, to Friday. The team's first game was held on Thursday against Eden Valley-Watkins.|
The Bulldogs played both games at home and lost both to start the season 0-2.
Sophomore post Amanda Glenz (44) battled for position against EV-W. Glenz led the Bulldogs with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs were pumped and ready to play against the Eagles, who placed second in Class A last year. The girls showed a little nervousness and tension in the first quarter and started really shaky. The Dogs had trouble executing their offense and had some trouble with defense. The Eagles outscored the Dogs 18-7 in the first quarter.
The second quarter was much better. The Dogs ran the floor better, and played much better defense. The Dogs were just about even with the Eagles, holding them to nine points while scoring eight.
The Dogs entered the locker room trailing by 12 at 27-15
Both teams came out of halftime ready to go again. The Dogs picked up their play a lot in the second half. The Dogs took more shots and got more of them to fall. Again both teams scored about even, but this time the Dogs scored one more point, 18-17.
The Dogs entered the fourth quarter behind by 11. They ran with the Eagles for a while, but couldn't keep up and ended their first game with a 56-42 loss.
The game was very physical and fast-paced. There were lots of fast breaks and lots of possession changes for both teams.
Shooting was a downfall for the Dogs, who made only 14 of their 51 shots from the floor and only two of 10 three pointers. The Dogs did make 12 of 21 free throws.
The team had balanced scoring as ten players scored. Senior Stacy Lieser led the team with 10 points. She also led the team with five steals.
Heidi Jansen and Mindy Meagher led the team with seven rebounds. Meagher also led the team with three assists.
"Considering the circumstances - canceled practices due to weather and opening against a team that took second in the state last year - we did quite well for our first game," said coach Ric Koehn. "After a shaky first quarter, we played them pretty even, which shows great promise for the rest of the season."
The Bulldogs hosted BBE on Monday and got their first victory 72-42. This week they play at LPGE on Friday and host Annandale on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Stacy Lieser 2; Rebounds - 42 Jansen 7; Mindy 7; Assists - 9 Meagher 3; Steals - 19 Lieser 5; Blocks - 0
Kimball 59, Paynesville 49
The Dogs were outscored 15-8 in the first quarter. They had trouble getting their shots to fall, and they also had trouble stopping the Cubs' offense.
The Dogs picked up their play a lot in the second quarter and outscored the Cubs 16-13. Paynesville used full-court pressure and pushed the ball up the floor to cut the deficit to one point, and ended the half down by four.
Play went back and forth in the third quarter, but the Cubs extended their lead to seven.
Trailing 42-35 entering the fourth quarter, the hungry Dogs again used their full-court pressure, but Kimball still outscored them 17-14. The final score was 59-49.
The main difference in the game was free throws, where the Cubs outscored the Bulldogs by ten. Paynesville got to the line 13 times and made nine free throws. Kimball went to the line 42 times and made 19 free throws.
Coach Koehn called it "an exciting game against a very good team. I was proud of the way we fought back a couple of times, and simply wouldn't give up. The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game really was."
The Bulldogs grabbed 57 rebounds and improved their free throw percentage, but once again did not shoot well from the floor. The Dogs made only 18 of 75 shots.
Sophomore Amanda Glenz supplied the team with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lieser added 12 points, three steals, and four assists. Meagher also had 10 rebounds and five assists.
Glenz, Lisa Hemingson, and Jansen each blocked two shots.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Stacy Lieser 2; Stalboerger 1; Danny Lieser 1; Rebounds - 57 Glenz 10; Meagher 10; Assists - 16 Meagher 5; Stacy Lieser 4; Steals - 8 Lieser 3; Blocks - 8 Hemingson 2; Jansen 2; Glenz 2.
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