AURELIA - The Aurelia basketball teams took on the Sioux Central Rebels here on Friday night in their Northwest Conference openers.
The girls' game did not start well for Coach Tim Galvin's Bulldogs, as they trailed the Rebels 13-2 after the first quarter. The Rebels increased their lead to 30-10 at halftime, and were ahead 41-19 after three. The final score was Sioux Central 60, Aurelia 35.
Freshman Meghan Glawe had a good game for the Bulldogs, leading the team in scoring with 12 and rebounding with 10. Leah Kai scored eight points, Kaitlin Sandine seven, and Tiffany Johnson six for Aurelia. Sandine and Erin Laursen each had five rebounds, and Kai, Audrey Winterhof, and Kayla Bruns had four, three, and two assists, respectively.
Sioux Central had three scorers in double figures - Brooke Scharn with 18, Grace Rehnstrom with 13, and Stephanie Thompson with 12. Brittny Rebhuhn added eight points.
Aurelia now has a 1-3 season record.
In the boys' game, Bulldog coach Grant Peckenschneider said his team "played a great first half," and were ahead of the Rebels 34-31 at halftime. Both teams scored less than 10 points in the third, but the Bulldogs still held a 43- 34 lead going into the fourth quarter. In that final frame, said Coach Peck, "we just stopped getting shots, and didn't keep playing offensive basketball."
The Rebels outscored Aurelia 16 -3 in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 50-46 loss for the 'Dogs.
Jared Bruce scored 14 and Aaron Bruce 10 for Aurelia, which shot 22% from the field (29% from three-point range), made just 64% of their 28 free throw attempts, and had 15 turnovers.
Coach Peckenschneider's summary: "I think we learned some things, at the expense of losing, but we played hard and we played with emotion. We just need to look to score more in the second half."