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Paynesville Press - December 6, 2006

Bulldogs cruise to opening win 61-33

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Bulldogs girls' basketball team jumped to a 20-point first-half lead in their season opener at Kimball on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and the Dogs beat the Cubs 61-33.

The Dogs opened a 39-17 lead in the first half, getting nine points from senior post Jacque Schlangen and eight points each from senior guard Kirsten Miller and sophomore post JessiccaLee Klein.

fighting for the ball The Dogs also outscored Kimball 22-16 in the second half, winning their opening game by 28 points 61-33.

For the game, the Dogs made 45 percent of their shots (26 of 58) while Kimball shot only 17 percent (11 of 63). They also outrebounded the Cubs 44-20, including 16 offensive rebounds for the Dogs.

Senior post Kristin Lang (left) and junior post Natalie Leadem (right) fight a BBE player for a rebound on Thursday in the Dogs' 61-33 loss. The Dogs opened their season last week by beating Kimball 61-33.

"We had great contributions from everyone," said coach Jackie Parsley. "It was a great team effort and a good way to start the season."

Miller led the Dogs with 14 points and added five rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Klein (12 points) and Schlangen (11 points) gave the Dogs three double-digit scorers in the game. They also led the Dogs' inside game, with the team's four posts combining to score 37 points. Senior post Kristin Lang added eight points, and junior post Natalie Leadem contributed six.

Schlangen led the Dogs with 14 rebounds and four steals.

Senior Marissa Mackedanz led the team with seven assists.

This week, the Dogs (1-1) played at Albany on Tuesday night. On Friday, the Dogs will host Melrose.

Next week, the Dogs will travel to New London-Spicer to play the Wildcats on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Paynesville--39 33 - 61
Kimball--17 16 - 33

Paynesville 61 - Kirsten Miller 6-2/3-14; JessiccaLee Klein 6-0/3-12; Jacque Schlangen 4-3/4-11; Kristin Lang 4-0/0-8; Natalie Leadem 2-2/6-6; Laura Schaefer 2-0/0-4; Carissa Utsch 2-0/0-4; Marissa Mackedanz 0-1/2-1; Randi Schaefer 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 26/58, FT 9/20, 3's 0.

Kimball 33 - Krystal Mackereth 4-0/2-9; Mindy Hurrle 1-6/6-8; Amanda Kuseske 3-0/0-6; Felicia Mensen 1-1/4-3; Brianna Rosenow 1-1/2-3; Holly Garding 1-0/0-2; Kayla Kastanek 0-2/5-2; Mara Rippentrop 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 11/63, FT 10/25, 3's 1.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 0; Rebounds - 44 Schlangen 14; Klein 8; Miller 5; Laura Schaefer 5; Assists - 15 Mackedanz 7; Miller 5; Steals - 18 Schlangen 4; Leadem 3; Miller 3; Laura Schaefer 3; Utsch 3; Blocks - 5 Lang 2; Schlangen 2.

BBE 60, Paynesville 35
The Bulldogs rallied in both the first and second halves, but a seven-minute scoring drought late in the second half doomed these efforts, as BBE beat the Dogs 60-35 in another nonconference game on Thursday, Nov. 30.

BBE jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first minute of the game and never trailed, but the Dogs made several rallies. Their rally late in the first half was muted when BBE scored the final five points of the half to take a 33-17 lead into halftime.

Over the first ten minutes of the second half, the Dogs outscored BBE 16-11, cutting the Jaguars' lead to 44-33 with seven minutes to play. The Dogs had several chances to cut the deficit within ten points but missed five shots over the next two minutes.

BBE broke their dry spell with 5:30 to play when Emily Roelike of Lake Henry hit a three-pointer. Over the next three minutes, the Dogs had nine turnovers without shooting a single shot. The 16-0 run for BBE gave them a 60-33 lead.

In the final two minutes, the Dogs got several scoring chances again, but they did not score until sophomore post JessiccaLee Klein hit junior post Natalie Leadem for a layup in the waning seconds.

"Turnovers and cold shooting hurt us," said coach Jackie Parsley. "Giving them six three-pointers hurt us as well. The girls did play hard, and I believe the mistakes were due to our lack of experience."

Senior Kirsten Miller led the Dogs with seven points, followed by junior Laura Schaefer and senior Jacque Schlangen with six each.

Klein led the Dogs with 14 rebounds.

BBE--33 27 - 60
Paynesville--17 18 - 35

BBE 60 - April Hansen 6-4/6-16; Katie Gruber 3-2/2-11; Amber Evenson 3-3/4-9; Missy Montbriand 4-0/0-9; Emily Roelike 3-1/3-9; Lindsay Goodwin 2-0/0-4; Jesse Wold 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 22/79, FT 10/15, 3's 6.

Paynesville 35 - Kirsten Miller 3-0/0-7; Laura Schaefer 1-4/7-6; Jacque Schlan-gen 3-0/0-6; Kristin Lang 1-3/4-5; Natalie Leadem 2-0/0-4; Carissa Utsch 2-0/0-4; JessiccaLee Klein 1-1/2-3; Marissa Mackedanz 0-0/1-0; TOTALS: FG 13/55, FT 8/14, 3's 1.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 1 Miller 1; Rebounds - 43 Klein 14; Schaefer 8; Schlangen 5; Assists - 10 Utsch 3; Steals - 13 Miller 3; Schlangen 3; Schaefer 2; Utsch 2; Blocks - 4 Lang 2.

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