The game was 19-19 at the half , before Coach Ryan Berg's Panthers took advantage of Aurelia's struggles on offense, and built a 31-19 lead. Aurelia finally scored with less than two minutes left in the quarter, and it was 33-22 as the fourth quarter opened.
Aurelia coach Marv Munden said "We played a good, solid game against a good St. Mary's team. We struggled on offense in the third quarter, and that was the difference in the game."
The coach's daughter, senior Kristine Munden, had a "double-double" for the Bulldogs, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Point guard Emily Sonksen scored 10 points, and Leah Kai, with six points and Christa Corderman with four, rounded out the Bulldog scoring.
In the boys game, the 'Dogs and Panthers were knotted at 13 when the first quarter ended, but St. Mary's held a 27-21 lead at the half. The third quarter was pretty even, as the Bulldogs only knocked two points off the Panther lead. In the fourth, the Bulldogs "got into the flow of things," according to coach Grant Peckenschneider, and outscored their Northwest Conference opponent 21-10 to grab a 56- 49 win.
Peckenschneider said his team needs to focus from the start of games. He said that they once again played hard, but their execution was poor. Free throw shooting was again a problem for the Bulldogs- they were only 3 of 15 in the first half and 15 of 37 (41 percent) for the game- "unacceptable," said Peckenschneider.
Jacob Bruce led the 'Dogs in scoring with 17, while his brother, point guard Jared Bruce, had 14, and Tanner Winterhof scored eight.
Gabe Fuller led the 'Dogs with 10 rebounds, and sophomore Aaron Bruce grabbed seven. Jared Bruce led the team in steals and assists, with four of each. Jacob Bruce and Tanner Winterhof both had three steals, contributing to the team total of 13. Gabe Fuller blocked four Panther shots.
The 'Dogs hit 53 percent of their field goal attempts, including 16 -28 (57 percent) from two-point range. St. Mary's had four players foul out of the game.