In the opener, the Aurelia girls led all the way - holding leads of 8-4 after one quarter, 16-8 at the half, and 34-16 after three - before posting a final score of 46-23. The win lifted Aurelia's record to 2-5.
The Bulldog girls had a balanced scoring attack, led by freshman Audrey Winterhof's 13 points. Senior Leah Kai was close behind with 11, followed by Kaitlin Sandine with nine points and Kayla Bruns with eight.
Winterhof also led the team in assists with seven, while Erin Laursen had two. The Bulldogs pulled down a whopping 42 rebounds, led by freshman Meghan Glawe's nine, Laursen's eight, and Winterhof's six. Bruns and Sandine had five caroms each, and Kai chipped in with four. Winterhof dished out seven assists to her teammates, and on the defensive end, Kai had four steals.
In the boys game, Aurelia "played a solid ball game, but let another one slip away," said their frustrated coach, Grant Peckenschneider, after a 62-50 Pomeroy-Palmer victory.
The teams were knotted at 17-17 after the first quarter, and Pomeroy-Palmer had just a one-point edge, 28-27, at the half. The Bulldogs held the one point advantage after three quarters, 42-41, but the Knights outscored the 'Dogs 21-8 in the final quarter.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Aaron Bruce with 15 points, and senior Greg Kolpin scored a career-best 13. Jared Bruce had 11 points and Jordan Glawe seven for Aurelia, with Jared also contributing six assists and four steals.
Aaron Bruce snared eight rebounds for the 'Dogs and Mason Sangwin had five.
Coach Peckenschneider said his team "played solid defense, but P-P hit a couple of big threes late, and we sputtered on the offensive end in the fourth quarter.
Lack of defensive rebounding really hurt us in the second and third quarters. Had we taken care of the boards, we'd have won the game."
Aurelia hit 40% from the field (20/50), including 32% on 19 three-point attempts, and committed just 10 turnovers.
Peckenschneider complimented the Knights' play, saying "Coach Heide does a great job with his boys every year, and they are a solid club."