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GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP - AC-T slips past St. Mary's, 53-49

Monday, December 3, 2001

ALBERT CITY - April Schuknecht poured in a game-high 24 points, including 10 of 15 free throws to help lead Albert City-Truesdale to a 53-49 victory over Storm Lake St. Mary's in a Northwest Conference game Friday night at Albert City.

St. Mary's held a 16-14 lead after the first quarter, but the Hurricanes grabbed a 28-27 halftime lead. It was 40-37 AC-T entering the fourth period.

AC-T trailed 44-43 with 2 minutes remaining when it went on a 5-2 spurt to take a 48-46 lead a minute later.

Rachel Degner scored 12 points for AC-T, now 1-1 overall. Lori Hogrefe added nine points.

St. Mary's was led by Kassie Drey, who scored 10 points. Megan Kestel and Michelle Drey added eight apiece.

Kestel cleared 16 rebounds and Kassie Drey six. Kari Hartogh, Matty Richardson and Peggy Ploeger all had four. Kestel handed out three assists, as did Jen Petersen.

St. Mary's was 16 of 54 from the field for 30 percent. AC-T was 16 of 56 for 28 percent.

The Panthers slipped to 2-1 overall.

"We played really well in stretches," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We got a lot of really strong minutes from some of our bench players. If we would have been just a little more consistent we might have been able to come away with the victory."

Newell-Fonda 77

Aurelia 58

Sara Larsen scored a career-high 29 points to lead four players in double figures as 15th-ranked Newell-Fonda defeated Aurelia in a Northwest Conference game on Friday night at Aurelia.

Newell-Fonda, now 3-0 overall, trailed 12-9 after the first quarter, but outscored the Bulldogs 24-15 in the second period to take a 33-27 halftime lead. It was 54-46 going into the fourth period of play.

Erin Kies scored 16 points for the Mustangs, while Jenny Scharn added 13 and Ashley Loos 12.

Kim Parker scored 17 points to lead Aurelia. Kati Nelson scored 14 and Jill Smith 12.

Parker collected six rebounds and Nicole Benes added four. Smith charted three assists. Smith tallied five steals, while Nelson and Parker had four apiece and Vernice Alfred and Trish Ohlson three each.

Newell-Fonda made 27 of 65 field goals for 42 percent. Aurelia was 24 of 47 for 51 percent.

"It was a rough, physical ballgame and I thought the girls played well," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "We just need to keep the turnovers down. We shot the ball well for the first time this year. We're finally starting to come around."

Schaller-Crestland 48

Alta 38

Lynn Franzkowiak and Jenna Malcom scored 12 points apiece as Schaller-Crestland got past Alta in Northwest Conference play Friday night at Alta.

Monica Bloyer had eight points for the winners.

Schaller-Crestland led 10-8 after the first quarter and 26-21 at the half. It was 32-25 going into the fourth period.

Megan Bishop scored 12 points and Maggie Lichtenberg 10 for Alta. Casi Flink cleared 10 rebounds and Halley Cranston added seven.

Flink charted seven assists and Shandra Walker, Flink, Cranston and Lichtenberg all had two steals.

"The third quarter we scored four points," Alta coach Rory Payne said. "That was the difference. We just had a hard time getting shots off. When we did we didn't shoot the ball very well."



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