MANSON - The Alta-Aurelia boys had a seven-point lead at the half in their game against Twin Lake Conference opponent Manson-Northwest Webster here Friday, but the Warriors were unable to keep that lead in the second half, as they trailed by two after three quarters before falling to the Cougars by a final score of 74-63.
Jaden Holton paced the Warriors' scoring attack with 19 points and Jalen Henningsen and A.J. Lange each had 17, but Neil Marshall was held to three points in the disappointing loss. Lange led the way on the boards for Alta-Aurelia with seven grabs, while Holton had five assists and Austin Delp had two steals.
Alta-Aurelia Coach Dean Lietz said the Warriors knew going into the game that they would need to stop the Cougars' two leading scorers, Trevor Herzberg and Brody Eischeid, but they each scored 25 points against the Warriors on Friday.
Coach Lietz said the Warriors "needed to play with a lot more energy in the second half if we expected to win and we didn't play smart down the stretch."
With the season winding down, Lietz said, " We need to get some things fixed in a hurry as we have four more conference games coming up. I know these guys will bounce back and play with passion and pride in our next game."
The Warriors, now 10-6 , host Newell-Fonda in Alta on Friday, and Tuesday, they take on the defending state champs, the undefeated Storm Lake St, Mary's Panthers, also in the Alta gym.