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Aurelia boys down Eagles, 67-51

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Aurelia's Jacob Howey blocks a shot attempt by Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Jesse Kunzweiler, as his teammate Nick Hirschman looks on in Feb. 5th action in Aurelia. Photo by Sarah Gengler
MMC takes girls contest, 71-45

AURELIA - Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider was very pleased with his team after their 67-51 non-conference win over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn here on Feb. 5.

The coach called the Bulldogs' performance "very solid," and his comment about the Dogs' shooting was simply "Wow."

John Hoefling of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn drives the ball along the baseline while Aurelia's Aaron Bruce defends in Feb. 5th action in Aurelia. Photo by Sarah Gengler
Aurelia hit 23/47 (48.9 %) from the field, including 5/11 ( 45.4 %) from three-point range, and 67% (16 of 24) from the charity stripe.Nick Hirschman made all six of his free throw attempts

"We need scoring from all five (starters)," said Peckenschneider, "and we got that tonight."

Aaron Bruce scored 19 points, including 3 of 4 three-point attempts, and also grabbed 10 rebounds, one of two Bulldogs to post double-doubles on the night. Camrin Meyer was the other, as the senior scored 17 points, hauled down 11 boards, had six steals and dished out three assists. Peckenschneider said he has been very pleased with Meyer's leadership this season, saying that he has been very positive, but that he also "gets on guys once in awhile and pumps them up.

"Every team needs one of those guys on the floor," said the coach. "It gets boring when the coach does all the yelling ."

Jordan Glawe, with 11 points and seven boards, and Hirschman, who scored 10 points, played solid games, Anthony Fowler drove the lane, scored seven points, had four rebounds and four assists, and Jacob Howey and Keith Gustafson "came off the bench and did some good things (for the team)," said Peckenschneider.

Erica Dreckman of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn drives the ball to the basket as Aurelia's Erin Laursen moves in to defend. Dreckman led her team to victory with 29 career-high points. Photo by Sarah Gengler
The coach felt that the team defense at the start of the second half was the key to their victory Thursday night, helping them post a 15-2 run over that time frame.

The Bulldogs struggled early in the season, but seem to be coming around at the right time, stringing together some wins down the stretch.

Jordan Boekhout and Neal Bunt led MMC's scoring with 15 points apiece. Boekhout also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists.

MMC sank 20-54 field goals for 37 percent, and was 7-11 from the free throw line.

"Aurelia did a nice job on the boards all night long," said Eagle coach Pat Bird. "We moved the ball well, we simply did not shoot well. We were down by four at the half and then to start the third quarter we missed our first eight shots, all of which they rebounded. We never got back into the game after that."

In the opener, the Lady Eagles, led by Erica Dreckman's 29 points, raced to an easy win. Jena Mittelstadt added 10 points,Talyn Doeden nine, and Kayla Foresman and Rachel McDermott eight apiece for the Eagles.

Meghan Glawe scored 18 points and Erin Laursen 12 for the Bulldog girls. Glawe also had 11 boards and Laursen had nine.

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