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|Paynesville Press - December 19, 2001|
Cagers win twice, even record
The Bulldogs girls' basketball team swept two home games last week and evened their season record at 3-3.|
The Annandale Cardinals came to Paynesville for a nonconference game on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Dogs were fired up and ready to play. This showed as they played very scrappy and aggressively. The Dogs shot well, played good defense, and led by three at the end of the first quarter. Both Ann Stalboerger and Lisa Hemingson hit a three-pointer in the opening quarter.
The Dogs continued their strong play in the second quarter. Stacy Lieser (at right) and Hemingson both knocked down a three in the second quarter, and the Bulldogs led by four at the half.
In the third quarter, the Cardinals had trouble with the Dogs' defense, only scoring eight points. Danny Lieser hit the last three of the night for the Bulldogs in the third. By outscoring the Cardinals 15-8 in the third, the Dogs went into the fourth quarter up by 11 points.
Both teams played tough in the fourth quarter, making many shots. The Cardinals scored 20 points, but the Dogs scored 22 points to end the game with a 67-54 win.
The Dogs did a great job grabbing 36 rebounds, despite the Cardinals' height advantage.
Senior Stacy Lieser led the team with 25 points. Sophomore Amanda Glenz grabbed 11 boards, and junior Mindy Meagher dished out nine assists for the Bulldogs.
Paynesville played at Litchfield on Tuesday in another conference game. The Dogs will play at a holiday tournament in Maple Lake on Thursday and Friday this week. The Bulldogs open against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday at 6 p.m. They will play at 6 p.m. on Friday if they lose and at 7:30 p.m. if they win. The other two teams in the tournament are Maple Lake and Holy Family Catholic.
Paynesville 70, Melrose 59
The Dogs were ready for a conference win. They came out strong, scoring a season-high 24 points in the first quarter, while holding the Dutchmen to only 11. The Dogs took that 13-point lead and held on for victory.
Melrose rallied in the second quarter but the Dogs still led 35-29 at the end of the half. The Bulldogs rebuilt a double-digit lead in the third quarter by playing good defense and making lots of shots. Stacy Lieser scored 12 of her 26 points for Paynesville in the third.
The Dutchmen picked it up in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to shake the Dogs from a 70-59 win.
Lieser led the team with 26 points, and Glenz also scored in double digits with 15. Heidi Jansen led the team with 13 rebounds, and Meagher again led the team with nine assists.
The win gives the Dogs a .500 overall record (3-3) and a .500 conference record (1-1).
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