SIOUX RAPIDS - Aurelia girls' basketball coach Marv Munden said his team "played hard" against Sioux Central Tuesday night in Sioux Rapids, but "didn't shoot the ball very well."
A check of the statistics shows that this assessment is indeed accurate. The Bulldog girls shot 34 percent (14 of 41) on their two-point attempts, 25% (2 of 8) from three-point land, and 50% (3 of 6) at the free throw line, as they dropped the Northwest Conference tilt by a 54-37 score.
The Bulldogs were ahead, 14-13 with three minutes left in the first half, but were outscored 10-1 over those last three minutes, and never got any closer.
Emily Sonksen was the only Aurelia player to score in double figures, as the senior point guard netted 15 points, including two 3-pointers. Sonksen also led the Bulldogs in rebounding with a season-high 10 boards. Leah Kai had five assists and Kristine Munden four, and both players also grabbed five rebounds.
The Rebels had four players score in double digits, led by Lindsay Postma and Briana Schara with 15 each. Brooke Schara had 13 points, and Beth Ehlers 10 for the Sioux Central squad.
The boys' game was a disappointment for a Bulldog team that was coming off of two excellent winning performances against Galva-Holstein and Pomeroy-Palmer last week.
The 'Dogs never led in the game, and were down 31-15 at halftime, before dropping the conference tilt by a 62-32 score.
Sophomore Aaron Bruce led Aurelia scoring with eight points, and also fouled out. His partner under the boards, Gabe Fuller, drew four fouls and scored five. Tanner Winterhof had six points, and the usual team leaders, brothers Jacob and Jared Bruce, scored just two and three points, respectively.
Tyler Walka scored 20 points for the Rebels, and Josh Dahlin added 10. No other statistics or comments were provided.
The Bulldog teams hope to get back on track Tuesday at home against Northwest Conference foe Newell-Fonda.