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GIRLS BAKETBALL - Aurelia turns back St. Mary's; Alta races past Hurricanes

Thursday, December 6, 2001

AURELIA - Jill Smith scored a game-high 22 points, handed out six assists and charted five steals to help send Aurelia to a 56-43 win over Storm Lake St. Mary's in a Northwest Conference girls basketball game on Tuesday night at Aurelia.

Aurelia held a 9-8 lead after the first quarter before extending it to 23-17 by halftime. It was 37-28 entering the fourth period. The Bulldogs were able to maintain an eight-point lead throughout the fourth period.

Nicole Benes scored 10 points for Aurelia, while Kim Parker added nine. Benes blocked six shots and Trish Ohlson had four assists.

Aurelia was 18 of 51 shooting from the field for 35 percent. Aurelia was 18 of 28 from the free throw line, while St. Mary's was 6 of 13.

"We finally put a full game together," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "We shot the ball OK from the field, but it was our ability to get to the line and sink free throws that won the game."

Bri Barber led St. Mary's with 10 points. Michelle Drey had nine and Kassie Drey eight.

Megan Kestel cleared eight rebounds for the Panthers. Kassie Drey added five and Michelle Drey four. Kestel charted four assists and Kassie Drey three. Barber had two steals.

St. Mary's, now 2-2 overall, made 18 of 52 field goals for 35 percent.

Alta 51, Albert City-Truesdale 39

Ashlea Payne returned from an injury to score 19 points, collect 19 rebounds, chart five steals and hand out four assists in helping Alta get past Albert City-Truesdale in Northwest Conference play Tuesday night at Albert City.

Alta trailed 8-7 after the first period, but took a 22-21 halftime lead. The Cyclones extended their lead to 38-27 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Casi Flink scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, charted five assists and four steals. Shandra Walker tossed in 10 points and had three assists and two steals for Alta, now 2-1 overall.

Alta made 17 of 51 field goals for 33 percent. AC-T was 13 of 46 for 28 percent. Alta also outrebounded the Hurricanes 49-32.

April Schuknecht led AC-T, now 1-2 overall, with 18 points. Rachel Degner added eight.

"We were very sluggish in the first half, but made some adjustments at halftime and played great in the third quarter," Alta coach Rory Payne said. "We started to get an inside-outside game going and our press did an excellent job."

Odebolt-Arthur 67, Schaller-Crestland 55

Odebolt-Arthur outscored Schaller-Crestland 58-29 over the final three quarter to erase a 17-point first quarter deficit and post a victory on Tuesday night at Odebolt.

Odebolt-Arthur trailed 26-9 after the first quarter before closing the gap to 34-28 by halftime. It was 50-42 Odebolt-Arthur heading into the final period.

Tisha Schofield scored 21 points for the Trojans. Becky Schaefer added 13.

Monica Bloyer led Schaller-Crestland with 14 points. Jenna Malcom added 12, Molly Bisenius 11 and Lynn Franzkowiak 10.

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