SIOUX RAPIDS - The Alta-Aurelia basketball teams opened their Northwest Conference basketball season here on Friday against the Sioux Central Rebels and split the decisions.
In the girls' game, the Warriors trailed by eight points heading into the 4th quarter and, despite scoring 25 in that final frame, they came up a bucket short in the end, losing by a 56-54 score.
Senior Jordan Henningsen had an outstanding game for the Warriors, scoring 63% of her team's points. Henningsen totaled 34 points, including hitting a blistering 80% (8-10) of her three-point attempts. She was also a perfect 4-4 from the line, grabbed nine rebounds and stole a pass. Courthey VanHaaften and Meghan Glawe each added six points to the Warriors' cause and Meagan Phipps chipped in with five. Glawe also grabbed nsne boards, while Phipps and Emily Grieme had four apiece. Haley Payne dished out five assists to her Warrior teammates and Audrey Winterhof had three assists.
Grace Rehnstrom led three Rebels who scored in double figures with her 19 points, joined by Rachel Hamilton, who scored 13, and Morgan Walker with 12. Hamilton led Sioux Central's rebounding effort with nine.
Warrior coach Jeannie Henningsen said, "We had way too many turnovers (23) tonight . Their pressure really bothered us early and they got some easy baskets. You cannot turn the ball over against a good team like that and expect to win. We had a nice comeback in the fourth quarter to make it interesting, but it was a little too late. Jordan really shot the ball well and hit eight threes to get us back in the ballgame and I thought Lesa (Turnquist) did a nice job off the bench to give us a spark. We need to continue to improve the little things and get better in each practice and game."
The A-A girls are now 2-1 and host Woodbury Central in Alta Saturday night.
In the boys' game, the Warriors got off to a 15-10 first quarter advantage and never looked back on their way to a 64-51 win.
A.J. Lange led the A-A scoring with 16 points, shooting 56% from the field and 80% from the line. Jalen Henningsen added 11 points, also shooting 56% from the field. Jadn Holton's 10 points gave the Warriors three men in double figures, with Ryan Friedrich right behind with eight points.
Friedrich also grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Warriors in that category, while teammate Austin Glawe added seven boards and six points to aid the cause. Neil Marshall had three steals on defense and Henningsen and Karl Kennedy each blocked a shot. Marshal adeed five points, while Kennedy and Christian Weiland each scored four.
Sioux Cental had three men in double figures - Brad Ripke with 14 points, Mickenzie Nelson with 12, and Adam Ehlers with 11. Ripke and Ehlers also led the team in rebounding, with seven boards apiece.
Warriors' coach Dean Lietz said, " We really defended Ehlers and Ripke well in the first half, holding them to a total of four points. We needed to convert more free throws early on, which would have extended our lead (28-21) at halftime. We once again shot the ball well and rebounded pretty well.
"Sioux Central responded with a good run late in the 4th quarter, but we played well down the stretch, took care of the ball, and made free throws to seal the win. This was a nice team win on the road for our first of the conference season."
The Warriors boast a 2-0 record and host Woodbury Central Saturday night in Alta.