Ryan Friedrich led the Warriors with 17 points, while Neil MArshall scored nine and Austin Glawe eight. Friedrich also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Glawe had seven. The Eagles, now 7-0 on the season, had four players score in double figures, led by Connor McNaughton's 20 and Daniel Oehlerking's 15. Oehlerking also grabbed 12 rebounds, giving him five consecutive double-double games.
A-A coach Dean Lietz said, "Lawton-Bronson is a very good team, with numerous weapons both inside and out. We played pretty well defensively the entire game - holding their leading scorer to two points - but we just didn't shoot the ball well enough to give ourselves a chance. We missed 41 shots on the night , and that's just too many. We fouled late which increased the final margin but Lawton deserved the win as they outplayed us." The loss put the Warriors' season mark at 4-1.
The next night, the Warriors bounced back against their old Sioux Valley conference foe Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. The Warriors led at each stop,16-12, 37-24, and 59-37, before posting the final 73-55 non-conference win.
Jaden Holton topped Warrior scorers with 16 points, and both Ryan Friedrich and Austin Glawe posted double-doubles, with Friedrich scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and Glawe scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards. Everyone got in on he scoring, as Neil Marshall and A.J. Lange each scored eight points and Jalyn Henningsen added five. Christian Weiland dished out six assists and had three steals and Jaden Holton had three of each.
Coach Lietz felt that this was a good game for the Warriors after their setback at Lawton. He said they shot the ball much better, and got balanced scoring from the entire team. This was the third game in a row , and fourth on the season, that Ata-Aurelia had a different leading scorer.
The Warriors (5-1) resume play with road games at Pomeroy (Pocahontas Area) on Jan. 6 and Laurens on Jan.7.