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Paynesville Press - December 15, 2004

Cathedral, Morris beat cagers at home

By Michael Jacobson

St. Cloud Cathedral used a 9-0 run to end the first half, building a 40-21 lead, and handing the Bulldogs girls' basketball team their second conference loss on Thursday night.

Cathedral held the Dogs to just four points in the first quarter, but the Dogs rallied in the second quarter. The Dogs had cut the Cathedral lead to ten, at 31-21, before the Crusaders scored the final nine points in the last 90 seconds of the first half.

kendra The Dogs outscored Cathedral 16-12 in the third quarter and scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, cutting the Crusaders' lead to ten again, but Cathedral limited the Dogs to only one point over the last half of the fourth quarter and made three free throws to win 55-43.

Senior Kendra Johnson pressures a St. Cloud Cathedral player on Thursday night. Johnson led the Dogs with 12 points, eight rebounds, and four steals, but the Dogs lost to Cathedral 55-43.

"We had a great second half against them," said coach Jackie Parsley. "We're timid to shoot, and we have to get over that. Turnovers (26 by Paynesville, only six by Cathedral) hurt us quite a bit, too."

"The girls fought very hard to get back into the game," added Parsley. "I give them credit for that."

The Dogs (1-4) were led by senior guard Kendra Johnson with 12 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Junior post Lynn Lieser added ten points and seven rebounds. Sophomore post Kristin Lang, in limited varsity playing time, had six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.

This week, the Dogs hosted LPGE on Tuesday in a conference game. The varsity and junior varsity will play in a tournament at Watertown-Mayer on Friday and Saturday this week. Both teams play Watertown-Mayer at 7:30 p.m. If they lose on Friday, they will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday; if they win, they will play at 7:30 p.m. The other teams in the tournament are Maple Lake and Howard Lake-Waverly.

Cathedral--13 27 12 3 - 55
Paynesville--4 17 16 6 - 60

Cathedral 55 - Jennifer Waletzko 4-0/2-11; Emily Schmidt 5-1/4-11; Emma Balfanz 4-0/0-8; Sabrina Stephenson 2-2/2-6; Cassie Roden 2-1/3-5; Michaela Engdahl 2-0/0-5; Ashlan Meyer 1-2/2-4; Jenna Schroeder 1-0/0-3; Maggie Baldwin 1-0/2-2; TOTALS: FG 22, FT 6/15, 3's 5.

Paynesville 43 - Kendra Johnson 4-4/6-12; Lynn Lieser 5-0/2-10; Kristin Lang 3-0/0-6; Kim Hess 1-2/2-4; Brittany Lieser 2-0/2-4; Sam Moser 1-2/4-4; Kayla Mackedanz 1-0/0-2; Ashley Lieser 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 17/51, FT 9/18, 3's 0.

STATISTICS: Rebounds - 36 Johnson 8; Lynn Lieser 7; Lang 6; Assists - 12 Ashley Lieser 5; Hess 4; Steals - 9 Johnson 4; Hess 2; Lynn Lieser 2; Blocks - 3 Lang 2.

Morris 66, Paynesville 52
The Morris Tigers held the Dogs to seven points in the second quarter and won the nonconference game 66-52 on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The Dogs led 16-15 after one quarter, but the Tigers took the lead by halftime 28-23 and then outscored the Dogs 38-29 in the second half.

Morris made 30 field goals, shooting 42 percent from the floor, while the Dogs made only 18 field goals, shooting 35 percent. Morris, though, had 71 shots compared to just 51 for the Dogs.

The Dogs did outscore Morris 14-4 at the free-throw line, but Morris outrebounded the Dogs.

"Morris hurt us on the board," said Parsley. "We need to cut our turnovers down. We had great hustle and heart, but we needed more shot attempts."

Hess led the Dogs with 13 points and five assists. Brittany Lieser added eight points and ten rebounds, and Johnson added eight points and four steals.

Morris--15 13 20 18 - 66
Paynesville--16 7 13 16 - 60

Morris 66 - Amber Heck 8-0/0-16; Angie Jallo 7-0/0-14; Mandi Kloos 5-0/0-12; Jasmine Henrich 3-0/0-6; Jodie Dittbenner 2-1/1-5; Whitney Dierks 2-1/1-5; Tracy Kopel 1-2/4-4; Ashley Dahlen 1-0/2-2; Courtney Tiegs 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 30, FT 4/8, 3's 2.

Paynesville 52 - Kim Hess 3-6/6-13; Kendra Johnson 2-4/6-8; Brittany Lieser 4-0/2-8; Sam Moser 3-0/0-6; Kristin Lang 2-2/4-6; Ashley Lieser 2-0/1-4; Lynn Lieser 1-2/4-4; Kayla Mackedanz 1-0/0-3; TOTALS: FG 18/51, FT 14/23, 3's 2.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Hess 1; Mackedanz 1; Rebounds - 26 Brittany Lieser 10; Lynn Lieser 6; Assists - 11 Hess 5; Steals - 13 Johnson 4; Brittany Lieser 3; Hess 2; Ashley Lieser 2; Blocks - 0.

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