AA Boys Bag No. 12, 57-44

Monday, February 4, 2019
Alta-Aurelia senior Tyler Hanks concentrates and pops this floater in a victory over Emmersburg Thursday night. AA played at Newell-Fonda on Friday and will host OABCIG Tuesday.
(Photo By Denny Holton)

ALTA - Alta-Aurelia’s Warriors clipped Emmetsburg 57-44, and improved to 12-5 on the season here Thursday night in a make-up Twin Lakes Conference clash.

The Warrior gals, who have one senior, two juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen on the roster, gave a valiant effort,No. 12 but fell short against a tall and talented E-Hawk squad, losing 75-30.

“It was interesting with no schools for two days and no practice time,” said Even Franzmeier, head AA boys’ coach. “We didn’t know how we would react. But our guys came out lights out in the first five minutes, starting on a 12-2 run.”

AA, led by the balanced scoring of Aric Stephan (15), Chandler Damewood (13) and Tyler Hanks (11), bolted out to a 9-0, and logged a 18-9 first quarter lead. “It was a game of runs,” said Franzmeier. “We got the lead to 16 at one point. Emmetsburg cut it to four points in the second half, but we made another run to stretch our lead to 13.”

“Aric (Stephan) may have played his best game of the season,” added the AA coach. “He was lights out on defense, while Chandler (Damewood) and others were great at the free throw line.” added Franzmeier.

The Warriors finished 20 of 26 at the line, while hitting 18-45 from the field and pulling down 31 rebounds. Damewood led on the boards with 10, while Hanks had four steals and seven boards.

“Overall, a good win,” said Franzmeier. “Now we have three big games, at Newell-Fonda, at East Sac and home against OABCIG.”

Freshman Maria Kueny called seven points to lead the youthful Warrior gals. “As a group, we need to continue to work on our ball handling,” said Adam Rapp, AA girls’ coach. “Too many turnovers.”

Chloe Kruger led AA on the boards with seven, and teammate Jenna Nielsen had 13 blocks. AA’s gals fall to 1-17.

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