The Alta-Aurelia girls traveled to Gowrie on Friday to take on Prairie Valley in Twin Lakes Conference basketball action. Warrior coach GG Harris observed that "Prairie Valley is led by a solid line-up with everyone contributing, and when playing a team like that, it is tough to defend for 32 minutes."
Harris also said that Prairie Valley did a great job crashing the offensive boards and getting to the free throw line, but added that the Warriors, even though never in the lead, really pushed the pace of the game in the first half.
In the second half the Alta-Aurelia girls continued to fight , but Prairie Valley did an excellent job of stopping their runs. In the end, Prairie Valley came away with a 39-22 victory, but Harris felt that his team, with a better job of taking care of the ball and improved free throw shooting (72.7%), showed a lot of progress in the game.
Valarie Hernandez led the Warriors in scoring with seven points and Christena Heschke added six. Stephanie Robbins was a real ballhawk for the Warriors with five steals in the game.
On Saturday, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn came to town for a non-conference match-up. HMS led by just two points at the half, but the Hawks had a strong third quarter and it was a game of catch up for A-A from that point. HMS extended their lead to 12-15 points at times, and A-A cut the margin as low as eight points, but every time Alta-Aurelia would make a run, HMS would put a halt to their momentum and swing it back in their direction. Coach Harris said "HMS was a good match-up for us and it was a fun game to be a part of," but the final score wound up 50 - 25 in favor of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Cristena Heschke led the Warrior attack with seven points and Valarie Hernandez and Taler Rohwer each scored six. Jenna Snyder led the Warriors on the boards with seven rebounds and Hescke had five. The Warriors made eight of their 33 field goal attempts (24.2%) and were nine of 15 at the charity stripe (60%).
Alta-Aurelia takes an overall mark of 1-7 into their holiday break.