AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldog basketball teams went up against Laurens-Marathon in a Northwest Conference doubleheader here on Jan. 20, and though both Aurelia squads played one of their better games of the season, a Bulldog victory was not to be on this night.
They could get no closer, though, and wound up losing the hard-fought contest, 48-39.
Sophomore Amber Loucks hit some good outside shots in the second half and led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points. Fellow soph Meghan Glawe, who has paced Bulldog scoring in most games this season, chipped in with 10 points of her own, and junior Erin Laursen supported her seven-point game with 14 rebounds, including 10 of the defensive variety. Laursen also blocked a shot and stole a pass, and Glawe had two blocks of her own, as well as snaring seven rebounds. Sophomore point guard Audrey Winterhof had five boards and also dished out five assists to her teammates and scoring five points herself.
In the boys' game, the Bulldogs played hard and "did some real good things against the 8th ranked team in the state," said the 'Dogs coach, Grant Peckenschneider.
The game was fairly close all the way, and they cut the Chargers' lead to 37-35 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. As is often the case in basketball, though, the Bulldogs had to foul in an attempt to get back into the contest, L-M made their free throws, and the score ended up being Laurens-Marathon 67, Aurelia 52.
Peckenschneider did say, though, that the effort Tuesday was "one of our best games of the year," adding that he "cannot fault the guys - they played their tails off all night." He promised that the Bulldogs will "keep working at it" as the season winds down.
Peckenschneider said of his Tuesday night opponent: "Coach Winter has a excellent club," and he was "very impressed with their kids."
Cam Meyer came close to a double-double for the 'Dogs, leading the team on the boards with nine rebounds and in scoring with 14 points. Jordan Glawe continued his excellent offensive production of late, also netting 14 points, while Aaron Bruce, like Meyer and Glawe a senior, scored 13 points and had five steals on defense. Meyer and Bruce each had three assists.