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Bulldogs split overtime games

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Glawe's buzzer beater gives girls the win

AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldog basketball teams played a non-conference doubleheader against Ruthven-Ayrshire here on Nov. 27, and both games went to extra periods.

Aurelia's Erin Laursen looks for a teammate to pass to during recent basketball action in Aurelia. The Aurelia girls won a thriller in overtime over Ruthven-Ayrshire on Nov. 27. Photo by Dan Whitney
The Aurelia girls won their game, when Meghan Glawe put back a rebound as time expired in OT, to give Aurelia a 47-45 win over the Raiders.

Senior point guard Leah Kai led Aurelia scoring with 18 points, Tiffany Johnson had 10, Glawe eight, and Kaitlin Sandine and Erin Laursen tallied four points apiece.

Kai also had eight rebounds, Glawe seven, Johnson and Sandine six each, and Laursen five. Kai also led the team with seven assists, while Laursen added three.

R-A's scoring was paced by Cassidy Smith with 17 points, with Lynn Geelan adding 12, and Sadie Forey six for the Cornbelt Conference representative.

Both teams now have 1-2 season records.

Aurelia's Jared Bruce fires a shot over Galva-Holstein defender Jordan Else in recent boys basketball action in Aurelia. Bruce hit three free throws in the final second to force an overtime against Ruthven-Ayrshire the next night. Photo by Dan Whitney
In the boys' contest, Aurelia's ace point guard Jared Bruce was fouled with only .6 left on the clock in regulation, and the senior leader made all three of his free throws to tie the game and force an overtime period. The Bulldogs were up by four points with two minutes left in the OT, but then had some costly turnovers that led to three quick R-A baskets. Forced to foul, R-A made the free throws they needed and pulled the game out, 56-51.

Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said, "Ruthven-Ayrshire has a solid club with a lot of athletic kids," but also said the Bulldogs "struggled again with running good offense at times, and that hurt us. The kids played hard, and we will learn from our mistakes and get better."

Jared Bruce scored 18 points to pace Bulldog scoring, and his brother Aaron added 13 points of his own, to go with a team-leading nine rebounds. Jared had five rebounds and also led the team with nine assists and six steals. Camrin Meyer had four steals also.

The Bulldogs had 16 turnovers as a team, and shot 19/52 from the field, including 2/15 from three-point range. The team also shot only 52% from the free throw line, making 11 of 21 attempts.

Ruthven-Ayrshire scoring was led by Brad Geelen with 13 points and Andy Rowlands with 11.

The Bulldog teams get their first taste of Northwest Conference action when they play Sioux Central at Aurelia on Nov.30.

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