LAURENS - The Aurelia High School girls met Northwest Conference foe Laurens-Marathon here in first-round Class 1A Sectional Tournament play Thursday night. The Chargers had defeated the Bulldog girls both times they met during the regular season, so some people probably figured this one would be a blow-out.
Seasoned hoops fans, though, know that strange things sometimes happen in the post-season, and "you can throw out" regular season results when sizing up the tournaments.
No, the Bulldog girls did not pull off a surprise victory over the Chargers on Thursday. They did, however, make a better game of it than many expected, losing by 11, 48-37. The close margin came in spite of Aurelia's scoring just one point in the second quarter, and also in spite of junior post player Meghan Glawe, who posted nine double-doubles during the season, being held to nine points on 2 - 10 shooting from the field. Senior Erin Laursen was only able to tally a single point and sophomore point guard Gracie Winterhof did not score at all. Both contributed in other areas, of course, with Laursen snagging five boards and Winterhof taking three rebounds and three assists. Both players also had a steal on the defensive end of the floor. Meghan Glawe led the team on the boards with 10 rebounds and Shaina Thevenin scored six, had two assists, three steals and a blocked shot. The Bulldog leader on this night, though, was junior Audrey Winterhof, who led the team in scoring with 15 points, and also had three rebounds, two assists, and four steals.
No statistics were available for Laurens-Marathon.
The Bulldog girls finished their season with a 2-18 season record and most of the team roster will return next season with more experience under their belts.