During the first half, the Dogs came out strong. Their full court press caused many turnovers and led to some easy baskets. The girls were playing their game, and scored 27 points to the Cubs' 16.
The Dogs came out slow in the second half, though, and the Cubs came out fired up. The Cubs were hard to stop, as they scored 43 points in the second half and won 59-46.
The game was tied entering the fourth quarter, but the Cubs outscored Paynesville 21-8 in the fourth to win.
The Bulldogs struggled with free throws, shooting only 28 percent from the line. Another downfall was their low shooting percentage from the field.
"Our inexperience is what really hurt us in the game," said Coach Ric Koehn.
Stacy Lieser scored all of her 11 points in the first quarter, including three three-point shots from behind the arc. She also led the team with five steals.
Heidi Jansen recorded a double-double, scoring 15 points and tearing down 11 boards. The Dogs crashed the boards, grabbing 27 rebounds in all.
Steph Krupke and Mel Veldkamp led the team by dishing out five assists each.
On Thursday night, the Bulldogs traveled to Eden Valley for another non-conference game.
The girls knew the Eagles would be tough, but started out the game with fire. The Bulldogs' defense caused the Eagles problems early in the game and the Bulldogs took a 12-6 lead. The Eagles scored the last five points of the quarter to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 12-11.
From the second quarter on, the Eagles played tough defense, allowing the Dogs to score only 22 points. The Eagles also picked up their offense, scoring 48 points over the final three quarters.
The Bulldogs again crashed the boards and grabbed 31 rebounds. They also shot 63 percent from the free throw line.
The team's inexperience again hurt the Bulldogs greatly. The Dogs really struggled with turnovers.
Heidi Jansen again led the team with 10 rebounds, and Ashley Wall was close behind with six.
Stacy Lieser led the team with five steals. Mel Veldkamp again dished out five assists with Steph Krupke right behind with three.
Lieser and Jansen led the team in scoring with eight points each.
The Bulldogs played at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa last night. They play at Annandale next Tuesday, Dec. 12.
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