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Bulldog teams play well against L-M

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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.

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Meghan Glawe of Aurelia fires a jump shot over Laurens-Marathon defender Kelsey Frerichs as teammate Audrey Winterhof (10) looks on during girls basketball action in Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney
In the opener, Aurelia Coach Tim Galvin's team kept within striking distance of their opponents all night, and the Bulldogs, who have not won a game this season, looked like they just might notch that important first victory of the season when they cut the deficit to just two points with five minutes remaining in regulation.

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.

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Anthony Fowler of Aurelia ponders his next move with the ball as Laurens-Marathon defenders Tyler Sandvig (35) and Zach Lovin (15) stand ready to stop him in action in Aurelia Tuesday night. Photo by Dan Whitne
Kim Kenobbie scored 14 to lead Laurens-Marathon scoring, while Shelby Heaton scored 12, Holly Hofmeyer nine and Amanda Zylstra eight for the well-balanced Charger offense.

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.

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Aurelia's Nick Hirschman scores inside despite the defensive effort of Laurens-Marathon defender Caleb Jamison. Photo by Dan Whitney
"We just couldn't get over the hump," said Peckenschneider, "and that has been the story all year." One of the other things which seems to have been a recurring theme for the Bulldogs in recent year is poor free throw shooting, and of their 3/13 effort from the charity stripe on Tuesday night, the coach had just one word : "Ouch!"

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.



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