In the opener, the L-M girls held a one-point lead after the first quarter, 9-8, and they increased their lead gradually through the remainder of the game - leading 21-13 at the half, 36-20 after three quarters, and winning the game, 45-26.
Seniors Leah Kai and Kaitlin Sandine scored eight points apiece to lead Bulldog scoring, and fellow senior Tiffany Johnson added four points. Sandine led in rebounding with seven caroms, while Kai had six, and freshman Meghan Glawe had five. Erin Laursen led the squad with three assists, and also had four steals, as did Kai.
Laurens- Marathon replaced Sac City in the Northwest Conference alignment this year, as Sac City merged with Wall Lake View-Auburn to form the new district, East Sac.
The Chargers were led in scoring by sophomore Shelby Heuton with 14 points, while Kylie Woodley had 11, and Amanda Zylstra, another sophomore, tallied eight points.
Aurelia is now 1-4 on the season.
When the second half started, however, the Chargers ran off an 18-2 streak to start the half, thanks to some big three-point baskets by Adam Woodlin and Zach Lovin and a pressing defense, which the impatient Bulldogs did not handle well. Heading into the fourth quarter, Laurens-Marathon had a 42-27 lead, and the game ended with a score of Laurens-Marathon 56, Aurelia 39. The Bulldogs again had a double figure game in turnovers, with 13 miscues.
Jared and Aaron Bruce both scored 11 points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring, and Aaron also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Cam Meyer again had a solid game, with seven points, three assists and four rebounds, and Jordan Glawe and sophomore Nick Hirschman both had five rebounds.