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Aurelia drops 2 games at Alta

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Aurelia's Kristine Munden shoots over an Alta defender. Photo by Dan Whitney.
ALTA - The Aurelia varsity basketball teams had a long night in the Alta Cyclones' gym here on Tuesday, losing to two good Alta squads in Northwest Conference action.

In the opener, Alta's girls got off to an lead quickly and never looked back. The final score was Alta 68, Aurelia 39.

Aurelia had three players score in double figures - Kristine Munden, with 12 points, Leah Kai with 11, and Emily Sonksen with 10. Munden also had 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and blocked two Cyclone shots. Sonksen, too, had five assists, along with two steals and two blocked shots. Kai had five steals and three assists. Aurelia shot 36% (18of 50) from the field and 50% (three of six) from the free throw line. Alta scoring was led by seniors Jahde Hammer and Dee Hinkeldey, both of whom scored 17 points. Sophomore Kelsie Peterson added 13 for the Cyclones, who hit 20 of 24 free throws as a team.

Aurelia Coach Marv Munden said, "We need a full team effort to beat a team like Alta. We need to do a better job with our team defense, and also need to attack the basket on offense. We will continue to work hard and improve," vowed Munden.

The boys' contest was tight in the first quarter, with the Bulldogs holding a slim 14-13 lead at the end of the period. Both teams had trouble putting the ball in the hoop in the first few minutes of the second quarter, but Alta eventually found the range, and ended up outscoring their long-time rival ,18-3 , to take a 31-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

Aurelia reduced the deficit to 11 as the teams entered the final quarter, but, says Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider, "Alta hit two big threes,and we had to try some other things to get back in it, and it snowballed from there.

Aurelia's Jared Bruce readies for a free throw, undeer the watchful eye of Coach Grant Peckenschneider. Photo by Dan Whitney.
"The game was closer than the final score (66-35) indicates. We hurt ourselves again - too many tunovers and missed lay-ups. The missed lay-ups in the first half probably cost us the lead going into halftime - so instead of being tied, we were down by 14 at half."

In summary, Peckenschneider said, "We shot horribly - we had a lot of good looks, but the shots just didn't fall."

Tanner Winterhof scored eight points to lead the Bulldogs' scoring. Jared Bruce had seven points, and Gabe Fuller six. Fuller also had 12 rebounds and three steals, and coach Peckenschneider said he was "extremely pleased with Gabe Fuller's performance. He absolutely played his heart out. He didn't score a lot of points, but he was easily one of the best two or three guys on the floor."

Dustin Wieland grabbed seven boards for the 'Dogs, and Jacob Bruce, Ross Fitzgerald, and Winterhof had two assists apiece.

The Cyclones were led by Tyler Boyd with 17 points, and Aaron Hanson and Jordan Hinkeldey both scored 12.

Aurelia was plagued by 25 turnovers and lost the rebound battle 33-29. Alta also made 14-28 free throws, compared to a 7-15 effort by the Bulldogs.

This Alta fan was part of a large crowd at the Aurelia-Alta doubleheader on Dec. 5. Photo by Dan Whitney
The Aurelia teams host Schaller-Crestland Friday night.

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