In the girls' game, the Bulldog girls had trouble handling the ball against Alta's press and also experienced difficulty geting into a rhythm on offense in the first half. Alta took a 37-14 halftime lead and maintained it to the end to gain a 60-33 Northwest Conference win.
Meghan Glawe scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs' scoring and Erin Laursen and Audrey Winterhof added seven points each.
Jordan Henningsen scored 24 points to lead the Cyclones and Emily Grieme had 19.
Aurelia boys coach Grant Peckenschneider said that Alta "shot lights out" en route to a 25-7 first-quarter lead in the second game. The Bulldogs regrouped however, going on an 18-10 run to cut the Alta lead to 10, 35-25, at the half.
Alta again went on a run in the third quarter, but Aurelia again closed the gap in the fourth period, before the Cyclnes pulled away for a 76-57 victory.
Freshman Austin Glawe had another double-double night for Aurelia, with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Coach Peck said he felt that senior guard Jacob Howey "played his best half ever" to keep the 'Dogs in the game the first half. Howey wound up with 11 points and six rebounds. Senior Nick Hirschman played a solid game, scoring 13 and grabbing four boards, and freshman Colton Ballantyne scored seven and dished out three assists.
No stats were available for the Alta team.
The Alta and Aurelia districts will share activities beginning next year, but a final decision on how many sports the schools will share in the 2010-11 school year has not yet been made. If they share basketball next year, many of the players who met as adversaries on the court on Friday will be teammates next season.
The pep bands from the two schools got a head start when they played as a combined unit twice this basketball season- first at Alta the first time the schools met on the court, then again on Friday night.