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|Paynesville Press - December 11, 2002|
EV-W, LPGE keep Dogs winless
Eden Valley-Watkins' tough defense was too much for the Bulldogs, who lost to the Eagles 49-33 on Thursday.|
The Paynesville girls played a good game and hung in with EV-W's physical game. The Dogs had some trouble setting up their offense, but by breaking the Eagles' press and pushing the ball up the court they battled until the end.
The Eagles led 25-14 at the half and outscored the Bulldogs 24-19 in the second half to win 49-33.
Junior Amanda Glenz had a great game once again, dominating the Eagles with a triple-double. Glenz scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and pounded 11 blocks in the face of the Eagles.
"The Eagles are tough, but with their defense it makes it difficult to operate," said sophomore guard Kim Hess.
Senior Danny Lieser suffered an injury early in the game and was rushed to the hospital for stitches. "We found out what the words 'physical game' really mean after this one," said coach Ric Koehn.
The Bulldogs' C-squad also had an interesting game against EV-W, winning despite ending the game with only two players, the rest having fouled out. They played half the fourth quarter with only four players, then had another player foul out with a minute left (leaving them with three players), and having another player foul out in the last 30 seconds, leaving them with only two players.
This week, the Bulldogs played at Annandale on Tuesday. They will host Melrose in their first home game on Thursday, and they will play at BBE on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The Thunder scored 23 points in the first quarter and led 39-25 at the half. Trailing most of the game, the Dogs didn't give up. They hustled on defense but were unsuccessful in shutting down the Thunder down low, according to coach Ric Koehn.
The Bulldogs' best quarter was the third, when they scored 14 points while allowing the Thunder 15. The Thunder outscored the Dogs 16-7 in the fourth quarter and won 70-46.
Senior Ann Stalboerger led the Dogs with 14 points and five assists. Sophomore Kim Hess added 11 points.
"We did see more balanced scoring in this game, which will have to continue in the future in order for us to be successful," said Koehn.
Due to foul trouble, three starters found themselves on the bench for the majority of the second quarter. Making it hurt, the Thunder made 24 of 40 shots from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, made only 28 percent of their shots from the floor (18 of 65) and 29 percent of their free throws (7 of 24).
With the loss, the Bulldogs are winless in three games this season. "We have the ability to play much better than we have been. We just need to relax and let the game come to us," said Stalboerger.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Stalboerger 2; Hess 1; Rebounds - 27 Glenz 7; Braun 5; Assists - 9 Stalboerger 5; Steals - 11 Kendra Johnson 3; Hess 3; Blocks - 1.
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