AURELIA - The first time the Aurelia teams played Northwest Conference rival Newell-Fonda this season, the Mustangs posted 30+ point victories in both the boys and girls games.
When they met again here on Feb.1, the Bulldog girls' fate was much the same as in the Dec. 21 game, as the powerful Newell-Fonda team, led by double digit scoring from four of their players, were very consistent, scoring 22 points in three of the four quarters and 23 in the other. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, scored a total of 27 points for the entire game, as Newell-Fonda rolled to an 89-27 win.
Aurelia Coach Tim Galvin said, "This game really reminded me of our first meeting... they came out with a lot of intensity. We had a lot of trouble with their pressure defense which made it hard for us to score. We knew they would come out trying to run-and-gun, and they did just that."
Leah Kai had 15 points for the Bulldogs, while Newell-Fonda had four girls in double figures among their 13 players who scored. Meghan Glawe had seven rebounds for Aurelia.
In the boys' game, things were much better for the Bulldogs than in the Dec. 21 86-52 loss. Though they did lose to the Mustangs again this time out, they came much closer this time, dropping a close contest, 60-57, as they were able to score just six points in the final quarter to Newell-Fonda's 11.
Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said that shooting just 50% (13-26) from the free throw line "cost us."
Junior big men Aaron Bruce and Camrin Meyer led the Bulldog scoring attack, scoring 17 and 16 points, respectively. Meyer's point total included a 4-6 night on three-point attempts, while Bruce was 5-9 from the field, and 7-8 from the charity stripe. Bruce and Meyer also led the team in rebounding with five caroms apiece, and Meyer swiped three passes also.
Senior point guard Jared Bruce had foul problems, which necessitated his sitting out for a good share of the game, but he still contributed five assists and two steals, along with seven points. Mason Sangwin scored eight points for the 'Dogs and Anthony Fowler contributed six.