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|Paynesville Press - December 18, 2002|
Dogs still looking for first win
The Bulldogs girls' basketball team were no match for the height of the Annandale Cardinals on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Despite a deep, scrappy fight, the Dogs lost to the Cardinals 52-36.|
The Cardinals took an early lead in the first quarter, but by halftime the Dogs had battled back to be down only by four, trailing, 26-22.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals outbattled the Dogs in the third, outscoring them 12-4. Annandale's tall trees down low made it difficult for junior post and leading scorer Amanda Glenz to operate, holding her to only four points.
The Dogs then looked to sophomore guard Kim Hess and senior wing Ann Stalboerger to pick up the slack, scoring 16 and 11 points respectively. Hess drained four three-pointers, grabbed eight boards, and dished out six assists in attempts to terminate the Cards.
The Bulldogs played at BBE on Tuesday night, and they will travel to Howard Lake on Friday and on Saturday for their holiday tournament. Their game on Friday starts at 6:15 p.m.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Hess 4; Rebounds - 34 Glenz 10; Hess 8; Stalboerger 5; Assists - 16 Hess 6; Braun 3; Steals - 11 Glenz 4; Kendra Johnson 2; Hess 2; Stalboerger 2; Blocks - 3 Stalboerger 2.
Melrose 64, Paynesville 52
Senior wing Ann Stalboerger made three-pointers against Melrose on Thursday and scored 15 points.
Pumped to play in front of their home crowd, the Dogs came out taking the lead 13-12 after the first quarter. Foul trouble once again plagued the Dogs, though, taking Glenz out of the game for the whole second quarter.
The Dutchmen took the lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-11, and led 31-24 at the half.
Trailing by 12 points in the third quarter, the Dogs battled back in the fourth quarter, cutting Melrose's lead to 50-45 with three minutes to go, but Melrose scored five unanswered points over the next two minutes to gain a double-digit lead again.
Paynesville was able to cut the lead to eight again on a bucket by Glenz, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, and to nine a little later on a three-pointer by senior Ann Stalboerger, who had 15 points, but the Dogs got no closer.
According to coach Ric Koehn, the Dogs need to slow the game down and start shooting better. Against Melrose, the Bulldogs shot below 33 percent from the floor and 37 percent from the free throw line.
The Dogs are now 0-5 overall.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Stalboerger 3; Hess 1; Rebounds - 28 Glenz 7; Assists - 7; Steals - 13 Stalboerger 5; Braun 3; Hess 3; Blocks - 5.
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