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Friday, March 9, 2007

Kai's 22 points not enough for Bulldogs

By Dan Whitney

Staff Writer

Aurelia junior Leah Kai
ALTA - The Aurelia girls got off to a slow start Monday night in Cass 1A District Tournament action here against Northwest Conference rival Alta, according to Coach Marv Munden, and "battled hard the rest of the game."

Munden said that "Alta did a good job of making us take tough shots. We were a little impatient in the first half against their zone, and took too many bad shots."

The Bulldogs trailed the entire game, and were down 15-8 after one quarter, 37-17 at the half, and 45-25 after three quarters. The final score of the game was 65-46, in favor of Coach Jeannie Henningsen's Cyclones.

Aurelia's scoring was led by junior Leah Kai, whose 22 points marked her second consecutive 20+ game. Kristine Munden scored 11, finishing her stellar Bulldog career with 1,081 total points. Kaitlin Sandine was third-high Bulldog scorer with six points.

Munden led the team rebounding efforts with nine, one more than Christa Corderman's total. Kai also had four assists and four steals to go with her 22 points. Senior point guard Emily Sonksen, coming back from illness, scored three points and had three rebounds and five assists in her final game as a Bulldog.

The team hit 33 percent of their 2-point efforts on the night, 33 percent of their 3-point tries, and 69 percent from the charity stripe.

Alta had four players score in double figures - Jahda Hammer with 18, Amanda Meyer with 16, Dee Hinkeldey with 12, and Kelsey Peterson with 11. The Cyclone girls will take on the winner of Wednesday night's River Valley-Woodbury Central game in the District Final on Saturday night at Holstein.

Alta won two of three games from the Aurelia club this season.

Though Coach Munden's Bulldogs posted a losing record this season, the veteran coach said he is "proud of the effort put forth by the girls all season."

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