In the opener, the evenly - matched teams played a game which was close all the way before the Bulldogs pulled out a 51-45 victory.
"Whiting had a good offense and kept with us the whole game," said Bulldog mentor Aaron Ware. "In the end, our free throws got us into the win column. (They) have been a strong point for us, and we keep working on that every practice. It pays off in the close games, especially with both sides in foul trouble at the end."
The Bulldogs connected on 72% (18 of 25) of their free throws for the second night in a row. Meghan Glawe had a double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, and Audrey Winterhof and Erin Laursen each scored 11 points and had eight rebounds, and Winterhof also dished out six assists.
Coach Ware said, "We have had several high scoring games, and made constant improvements throughout the season to get to where we are now. It was a sound
The team will hit the home court again on Thursday to meet the River Valley Wolverines.
Aurelia Coach Grant Peckenschneider felt that his team was a "little sluggish" to start the game, and thought that it may have been because they had played a game the night before. At any rate, Peck said, "We did not play well at all the first half." After the coach used a few choice words on them at half-time, though, the team came out and played with great intensity the second half.
Colton Ballantyne hit a couple big free throws late, which his coach noted is "tough for a freshman to do," and the Bulldogs were up by two points with about 25 seconds to play. They then got a nice bucket on an out-of -bounds play by senior Nick Hirschman, to ice their first victory of the season, 50-46.
Freshman post player Austin Glawe had a real good night for the 'Dogs, despite having to sit on the bench for much of the second half with foul trouble. Glawe scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had two steals and blocked two shots. Senior point guard Jacob Howey scored 10 points, three rebounds, and one steal; Nick Hirschman also had a double-double for Aurelia, scoring 10 points and clearing the boards 10 times. The senior also had three steals, two assists, and one block; Colton Ballantyne scored seven points, and had four rebounds and two assists; senior Steve Berg scored three points and helped out on the boards with five rebounds.
The Bulldogs will face River Valley in another non-conference game at Aurelia on Thursday, as they try to keep this winning thing going.