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Paynesville Press - December 7, 2005

Melrose rallies to win in conference hoops

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs girls' basketball team wasted a 17-point second-half lead and lost to Melrose 60-58 on Friday night in Melrose.

The Dutchmen rallied behind 20 points from senior Rachel Winkelman.

"We started the second half great, building a great lead," said coach Jackie Parsley, who noted that Melrose controlled the boards during their rally in the last half of the second half. "We need to develop a killer instinct to finish teams off," added Parsley.

brooke The Dogs lost despite making six three-pointers, two each by senior Ashley Lieser, sophomore Brittni Schmitz, and senior Brooke Schmitz. The Dogs made four treys while taking a 29-27 lead at the half.

Senior Brooke Schmidt scored 14 points in the Dogs' 60-58 loss at Melrose on Friday night.

The Schmitz sisters led the Dogs with 17 from Brittni and 14 from Brooke. Lieser added 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

This week, the Dogs (1-2) will host their holiday tournament on Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, for junior varsity and varsity. On Friday, the Dogs will play Maple Lake at 7:30 p.m. (while Watertown-Mayer plays Howard Lake-Waverly at 6 p.m.). On Saturday, the third place game will start at 6 p.m. with the championship at 7:30 p.m.

Next week, the Dogs will host state-power New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in a conference game, with the Wildcats moving to the WCC North this year.

Paynesville--29 29 - 58
Melrose--27 33 - 60

Paynesville 58 - Brittni Schmitz 6-3/4-17; Brooke Schmitz 4-4/5-14; Ashley Lieser 3-3/4-11; Jacque Schlangen 2-3/8-7; Lynn Lieser 2-1/2-5; Kirsten Miller 1-1/2-3; Natalie Leadem 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 18/42, FT 16/26, 3's 6.

Melrose 60 - Rachel Winkelman 9-2/4-20; Hanna Richard 3-2/2-10; Jessica Mayers 4-1/4-9; Erica Feldewerd 3-1/2-7; Amber Klaphake 3-0/0-6; Becky Reimann 3-0/2-6; Emily Beuning 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 26/51, FT 6/14, 3's 2.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 6 Ashley Lieser 2; Brittni Schmitz 2; Brooke Schmitz 2; Rebounds - 38 Ashley Lieser 10; Schlangen 8; Lynn Lieser 6; Brooke Schmitz 5; Assists - 8 Ashley Lieser 3; Steals - 6 Lynn Lieser 2; Blocks - 1.

Albany 58, Paynesville 39
The Bulldogs played Albany, who took third place in Class AA last year, tough for a half before succumbing to the Huskies 58-39 on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Dogs led at the half 20-19 after limiting the Huskies to five field goals in the first half. The Dogs made only six field goals in the first half but added eight free throws to lead by one after the first 18 minutes.

The Huskies, though, made 14 field goals in the second half and scored 39 points to win by 19. They outscored the Dogs 39-19 in the second half.

"We had too many turnovers against a great team," said Parsley. "A lack of boards hurt us as well. We spent a lot of energy in the first half and ran out of steam in the second half."

The Dogs snared 15 steals but committed 37 turnovers. Albany also outrebounded the Dogs 45-33 and outshot the Dogs from the field 38 percent (21 of 55) to 25 percent (11 of 44). The Dogs did shoot 70 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore guard Jennie Noreen keyed the second-half surge by the Huskies. After going scoreless in the first half, she made eight shots and scored all of her game-high 17 points in the second half.

Junior post Jacque Schlangen and sophomore guard Brittni Schmitz led the Dogs with nine points each. Schlangen had all nine of her points in the first half, while Schmitz scored six points in the second half.

With senior post Lynn Lieser in foul trouble, sophomore post Natalie Leadem led the Dogs with seven points in the second half.

The Dogs are now 0-2 in the West Central Conference North this year.

Albany--19 39 - 58
Paynesville--20 19 - 39

Albany 58 - Jennie Noreen 8-0/0-17; Steph DeGeest 4-2/5-12; Sam Larsen 3-2/4-8; Sarah Karneck 2-3/4-7; Anika Vos 1-2/4-4; Maddie Johnson 1-1/2-3; Kayla Gretsch 0-2/2-2; Holly Terres 1-0/0-2; Taylor Voss 1-0/0-2; Casey Gunderson 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 21/55, FT 13/23, 3's 3.

Paynesville 39 - Brittni Schmitz 3-3/4-9; Jacque Schlangen 3-3/3-9; Natalie Leadem 1-5/6-7; Ashley Lieser 2-1/4-5; Brooke Schmitz 0-4/4-4; Allyson Klenke 1-1/3-3; Amber Jensen 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 11/44, FT 17/24, 3's 0.

STATISTICS: Rebounds - 33 Ashley Lieser 8; Brooke Schmitz 8; Klenke 7; Assists - 5; Steals - 15 Ashley Lieser 6; Lynn Lieser 3; Brooke Schmitz 3; Brittni Schmitz 2; Blocks - 2.

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