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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldog teams played host to Storm Lake St. Mary's on Dec. 21 in a pair of Northwest Conference games, and the Bulldog teams came away with a pair of victories.

Aurelia's Ashley Anderson passes to teammate Audrey Winterhof (14) in action against Storm Lake St. Mary's on Dec. 21. Photo by Dan Whitney
In the opener, the Bulldog girls led the entire game, with quarter scores of 11-2, 25-4, and 37-18, before posting a final score of 50-37. Senior point guard Leah Kai again led the Aurelia scoring, as she hit for 20 points. Freshman Audrey Winterhof scored 11, and Tiffany Johnson 10. Freshman Meghan Glawe pulled down a whopping 17 rebounds, while Kaitlin Sandine had nine and Leah Kai seven. Kai dished out three assists and Winterhof had three steals. Kai, Kayla Bruns, and Johnson all had two steals, and Johnson accounted for two blocked shots as well. St. Mary's had only three players score, led by Jennifer Dimig's 15 points.

The win boosted Aurelia's season record to 3-6.

The Aurelia boys jumped off to a 21-10 first quarter lead in a foul-marred game. There were sixteen fouls called in the first quarter alone, and it made for a ong night for players, coaches, and fans alike. The Bulldogs had a 40 - 31 lead after three quarters, but couldn't put the hard-playing St. Mary's team away. Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider was a little disappointed this did not happen, but, on the other hand, was pleased the 'Dogs were able to win a close game, as they had lost three tough ones by a couple of points themselves this season.

Though disappointed in the Bulldogs' first half free throw shooting, he was much more pleased with their clutch second-half performance at the line, saying that Greg Kolpin, Camrin Meyer, and Jared Bruce made two clutch free throws apiece down the stretch.

Aurelia's Aaron Bruce drives the baseline against Storm Lake St. Mary's in Dec. 21 NW Conference basketball action at Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney
Peckenschneider said St. Mary's Jon Foell "played a great game," scoring 15, but also showing "hustle factors" which impressed the Aurelia coach the most.

Aurelia scoring was led by Aaron Bruce, who scored 18 points, Jared Bruce added 13 and Greg Kolpin had another double-figure night, with 10 points.

Meyer had six boards and Bruce and Nick Hirschman snared five apiece, while team leader Jared Bruce dished out six assists and stole passes. He and Hirschman also each blocked one shot.

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