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Warrior boys trounced by #2 St. Mary's

Friday, January 13, 2012

ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia boys, who are not a bad team, hosted defending Class 1A state champion Storm Lake St. Mary's - who are currently rated #2 in the state - on Tuesday, and while the Warriors were down by just six after one quarter, and were only outscored by three in the 4th quarter, in between those two "highlights" were a lot of not-so highlights. The defending champs outscored A-A 25-10 in the 2nd quarter and 24-7 in the 3rd quarter, on their way to a dominating 82-41 Twin Lakes Conference win.

Alta-Aurelia's Jalen Henningsen (24)boxes out St. Mary's Nate Lenhart in Tuesday's game in Alta. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.
St. Mary's used a three-pronged attack force consisting of Kennedy Drey, who scored 23 points, Luke Lenhart, who tallied 22, and Bobby Ivey, who added 17, to lead the Panthers, now 10-0, to the easy win. Alta-Aurelia, whose season record now stands at 7-4, was led by Jaden Holton with nine points. Jalen Henningsen had eight, AJ Delp had six and Neil Marshall and AJ Lange each scored five points. Marshall led the team on the boards with five rebounds.

A-A coach Dean Lietz was impressed by St. Mary's. "St. Mary's shot lights out in this game, scoring 14 3-pointers," he said. "They also handled us on the glass by a wide margin. We did not shoot the ball well and a lot of that had to do with St. Mary's. They have length at every position and defend the paint well. We need to forget this game and go on. I tip my hat to St. Mary's and wish them well, but we need to focus on our next game and get back to our winning ways. There is a lot of basketball left to be played."

Alta-Aurelia's Jaden Holton defends Storm Lake St. Mary's Luke Lenhart. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.
The Warriors travel to Rockwell City on Friday to play South Central Calhoun in another conference match-up.

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