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|Paynesville Press - December 19, 2001|
Dogs get first win at Kimball
The Bulldogs played well against the #1 ranked team in Class AA in the state on Friday night. The Litchfield Dragons, who won a state title two years ago, came to Paynesville and won 56-38 but not before the Bulldogs made a fourth quarter run. |
Paynesville stuck with the Dragons in the first quarter and trailed by only six, but a second quarter lapse gave Litchfield an opportunity to blow the game wide open. The Bulldogs were able to score only five second quarter points while the Dragons scored 17, and the Dogs went into halftime down by 18.
The Bulldogs played a good third quarter, scoring only one point less than Litchfield.
An early fourth quarter run got the Bulldogs within 11 points with four minutes to go, but they were unable to close the gap any further, and Litchfield ended up winning by 22.
"We have to play well all four quarters," said Bulldogs senior captain Wes Lieser. "We can't play three and a half; we half to play all four. If we do that, we can beat anybody."
The story of the game was rebounds. Litchfield had numerous offensive rebounds giving them second and third opportunities to score that the Bulldogs did not have. Junior center John Carlson led the Dragons with 27 points. Soph-omore forward Adam Kampsen led the Bulldogs with 12 points.
The Bulldogs hosted Maple Lake yesterday. They do not play again until after Christmas at a holiday tournament in Minnewaska on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28.
Paynesville 57, Kimball 40
The Bulldogs got an early lead on the Cubs and, besides a mediocre second quarter, never looked back.
Paynesville outscored the Cubs 12-4 in the first quarter and despite yielding 17 points in the second quarter the Dogs took a three-point lead into halftime.
It only increased from there, as the Bulldogs dominated the third quarter, outscoring Kimball 16-7. The Bulldogs scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and won 57-40.
Senior captain Aaron Lang scored 17 points to lead the Dogs, a career high for him. Lang also grabbed seven boards.
Senior Danny Savage added 10 points and had four assists. And senior Jonnie Schefers hit eight of ten free throws to help the Bulldogs put the game away.
Paynesville had only five turn-overs in the second half, and they shot 41 percent from the field and 65 percent from the line. The Bulldogs outscored Kimball 22-3 at the free throw line.
Annandale 53, Paynesville 44
The Bulldogs got the early lead on the Cardinals (11-10 after the first quarter) but were unable to keep it. The Cardinals outplayed the Dogs in the second quarter and Paynesville went into the break down by three, 22-19.
Annandale got an early third quarter run, and the Bulldogs were unable to get much together on offense, as the Cardinals extended their lead. The Bulldogs scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals scored 17 and won 53-44.
Kampsen was the only player to score in double digits for the Dogs. He had 14 points.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 25 times, which led to numerous easy baskets for the Cardinals. The Bulldogs also shot woefully from the field and the line.
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