AURELIA - The Aurelia girls basketball team outscored Northwest Conference opponent Sioux Central 40-34 over the last three quarters in action here Friday night. Unfortunately for the Bulldog girls, they play four quarters, and the 15 points by which they trailed after the first quarter of play proved too much of an obstacle to overcome, as they dropped the game to Sioux Central by a score of 55-46.
The Aurelia gals shot 41percent from two-point range, 40percent from 3-point land, and 40percent from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs had only five free throw attempts, compared to 24 for the Rebels, 17 of which they made.
Junior Leah Kai scored 21 points to lead the Bulldog attack, followed by Kristine Munden with 17. Christa Corderman and Kaitlin Sandine had four points apiece, as Emily Sonksen missed her second game with the flu. Munden had another "double-double" game, as she grabbed 10 rebounds. The senior also dished out five assists and blocked a shot. Kai also had five assists, and Corderman had three, to go with seven rebounds.
The boys game was also a Bulldog loss, but it was one of those games where the final score does not truly reflect the closeness of the game.
As is often the case in such situations, the need for the Bulldogs to foul late in the game, and the resultant Rebel free throws accounted for the lopsided final score of Sioux Central 91, Aurelia 69.
Believe it or not, the Sioux Central lead was just 66-64 with four minutes to go. Senior off-guard Tanner Winterhof had a great shooting night, sinking five two-pointers, four three-pointers, and two free throws for a team-high 24 points. Three other Bulldogs scored in double figures - Jared Bruce with 11, and Jacob Bruce and Gabe Fuller with 10 apiece, as the 'Dogs hit on 56percent of their two-point attempts and 49percent overall.
Fuller, with nine, and Aaron Bruce, with six, led Bulldog rebounding. The 'Dogs also stole eight Rebel passes, with Jared and Jacob Bruce and Fuller each nabbing two. Jared Bruce had five assists and Jacob four to lead the team in that category.
The game marked the final conference game of the year for the Bulldogs, who will take on Charter Oak-Ute and Clay Central-Everly in non-conference play this week, as they tune up for the tournaments.
Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider thought it was "a real competitive year in the Northwest Conference - still one of the top conferences in the state." The Bulldogs finished with a 5-9 conference mark.