In the opener, the Bulldog girls were down from the start, trailing 26-11 at the half and 44-20 after three quarters, before falling by a final score of 59-29.
Aurelia had three girls score eight points each (Meghan Glawe, Shaina Thevenin, and Kayla Bruns), so the balance was nice, but the quantity of points was lacking. Bruns had six boards and Glawe five to lead the tam in rebounding, and Erin Laursen had five assists and three steals. Shaina Thevenin had four steals. Brittany Wirtz led the Wildcats with 21 points.
In the boys' contest, the Bulldogs bounced back from their disappointing effort the night before against Storm Lake Mary's, playing "great defense most of the night," according to their coach Grant Peckenschneider. "The offense," on the other hand, said Peckenschneider, "was hit and miss."
Nick Hirschman hit a couple of big three-point baskets to get the Bulldogs going in the first half and Camrin Meyer grabbed 10 defensive rebounds on the night. Aurelia was up throughout the game, leading by 13 heading into the 4th quarter. RC-L "made a nice comeback on us," said Peckenschneider,"and we had to step up and handle the pressure and make some free throws down the stretch."
Aaron Bruce hit eight of his nine free throw attempts, and the coach said that Nick Jordan, Cam Meyer, and Jacob Howey all made key late free throws to help seal the Bulldogs' 58-40 win. Peckenschneider said Howey gave the team some big minutes off the bench when Meyer and Anthony Fowler got into foul trouble.
"I'm just happy for the boys to get the win," said the coach. "We have had our troubles this year, so it was nice to get the win, after having come back from a rough outing the night before at the hands of the (Storm Lake) St. Mary's players."
The Bulldogs hit on 50% of their field goal attempts in the game, including two of four from three-point range. Individually, seniors Aaron Bruce, Jordan Glawe, and Camrin Meyer led the way, scoring 16, 14, and 10 points, respectively; Meyer added two offensive boards to go with his big 10 defensive grabs for a total of 12 rebounds; and he also had three steals. Nick Hirschman had three assists.