9th grade girls baskeball team is undefeated

This article submitted by Sara Lieser on 12/15/98.

The Paynesville ninth grade girlís basketball team has played four games and remain undefeated.

On Nov. 24, the girls traveled to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for their first game of the season. The girls played an overall good game, despite their rebounding. Balanced scoring was shown by the team. The girls came out on top with a 33-31 win. Jenny Hess led the team with eight points. Trish Loucks hit the game winning shot with four seconds left in the game.

On Dec. 1, the team traveled to St. Cloud to take on the Cathedral Crusaders. The girls got in early foul trouble, with two of the starters fouling out before the end of the game. The girls overcame that, and came out with a 37-35 win. Heidi Jansen led the way with 21 points.

On Dec. 4, the girls traveled to Melrose. The game was never really set in any teamís hands. The game went down to the last minutes. The girls once again came out with a victory, winning 34-29. Sara Lieser hit four clutch free throws in the final minutes of the game.

On Dec. 8, the Bulldogs had their first home game against the Albany Huskies. The girls knew if they wanted to win, they would have to step it up a notch. They did exactly that, winning 44-30.

The teamís 3-2 defense was the key in this game, as it really bothered the Huskies. We really played our best game of the season so far, scoring 17 points in the first quarter. The girls passed the ball well, and showed a lot of team play. ďI have really enjoyed coaching this team, as they work hard, and are a fun bunch of girls to coach,Ē Coach Dave Randgaard said.

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