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|Paynesville Press - December 24, 2003|
Cagers claim title at Maple Lake tourney
The Bulldogs girls' basketball team won the Maple Lake Tournament last week, beating Howard Lake-Waverly 61-37 on Thursday and beating Maple Lake 61-47 on Friday. In winning the tournament, the Dogs improved their season record to 6-1.|
The Bulldogs used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Maple Lake in the championship game on Friday night in Maple Lake. Leading 43-40 entering the final eight minutes, the Dogs outscored the Irish 18-7 in the final quarter, pulling away for a 61-47 win.
Junior guard Kim Hess averaged 12 points and 7.5 assists in the Bulldogs' two wins at the Maple Lake Tourney last week.
The Bulldogs and Irish were tied at halftime, but Paynesville took a three-point lead in the third quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Irish 37-23 in the second half.
The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the floor against Maple Lake. Senior Amanda Glenz led the Bulldogs with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guards Kim Hess and Kendra Johnson each scored 16 points for the Dogs. Hess also had eight assists.
On Thursday, against Howard Lake-Waverly, the Bulldogs also used a strong second half to win. The Bulldogs led the Lakers by only two points at halftime, 25-23, but outscored them 20-5 in the third quarter and 16-9 in the fourth quarter. In the second half, the Dogs scored 36 points and allowed only 14.
For the game, the Bulldogs shot 40 percent from the floor (27/67).
Glenz scored 19 points in this victory, too, and had 11 rebounds. Johnson and junior Kayla Mackedanz had 10 points each. Mackedanz made two three-pointers for the Bulldogs, and Johnson had five steals.
Hess scored eight points, passed for seven assists, and made six steals. Junior Brittany Lieser scored eight points and had eight rebounds and five steals, and sophomore Brooke Schmitz had six points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
"We started off slow in both games, then had strong second halves," said coach Jackie Parsley. "We had balanced scoring, which we will need to continue. We cut down on our turnovers but need to continue to improve in this area."
The Bulldogs, now 6-1, do not play again until January.
Paynesville 61, Maple Lake 47
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Hess 2; Rebounds -36 Glenz 12; Brooke Schmitz 9; Lieser 6; Assists - 12 Hess 8; Steals - 12 Glenz 4; Hess 3; Blocks - 4 Glenz 2; Schmitz 2.
Paynesville 61, HL-W 37
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Macke-danz 2; Schmitz 1; Rebounds - 35 Glenz 11; Lieser 8; Schmitz 7; Hess 5; Assists - 16 Hess 7; Schmitz 3; Steals - 25 Hess 6; Johnson 5; Lieser 5; Schmitz 4; Glenz 3; Blocks - 2 Glenz 2.
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