Hot start propels A-A boys to win, girls falter
ALTA - No school? No problem. The Alta-Aurelia boys didn’t practice the same as other schools across the state for a couple of days last week, and that showed no ill effect in their game on Thursday night. The Warriors were able to dispatch Emmetsburg, 57-44.
“It was interesting going into the game with no school for two days prior and no practice time. Didn’t know how we would react,” A-A Coach Evan Franzmeier said. “Our guys came out lights out in the first five to six minutes starting on a 12-2 run. That was the story of the game. It was a game of runs.”
That opening 12-2 run helped to propel the Warriors to a 18-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The second frame played out a bit more evenly at times with A-A just outscoring Emmetsburg by a point, 29-19 the score at halftime.
The E-Hawks made a bit of a rally in the third quarter, outscoring the sluggish Warrior offense by four to trim that lead to six, 36-30. Alta-Aurelia regained their composure and handled their business in the final eight minutes by outscoring their Twin Lake Conference foe by seven.
“We were able to stretch the lead to 16 at one point, and then took a 10 point lead at halftime,” Franzmeier said. “In the third and fourth quarter, it was down to six and four points at one time. Then we made another run to stretch it to 13.”
A-A senior Aric Stephan paced the team with 15 points and had four rebounds. Senior Chandler Damewood had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, while senior Tyler Hanks added 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
The Warriors went 18-of-45 from the floor and 1-of-10 from behind the arc. They shot well at the free throw line, going 20-of-26, something that Coach Franzmeier was pleased about. They had 31 rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and six blocks.
“Aric Stephan may have played his best game of the season. He was lights on defense. Chandler Damewood and many others were great from the free throw line,” Franzmeier said. “Overall, a good win with no practice. Now we have three big games: Newell-Fonda, East Sac and OA-BCIG.”
The Alta-Aurelia girls had issues keeping control of the ball against the E-Hawk ladies earlier in the night, bowing in a 75-30 contest.
“We need to continue handling the ball better as a group. Too many unforced turnovers,” A-A Coach Adam Rapp said. “We freelance too much on offense.”
The A-A girls were down by six at the end of the first quarter, 12-6. The deficit ballooned quickly as the E-Hawks outscored the Warriors by 18 in the second, 39-15 the score. Emmetsburg outscored A-A by 18 again in the third to stretch their lead out to 39-points, 66-25. Both teams played out the fourth quarter.
A-A freshman Maria Kueny had seven points and five rebounds, while junior Chloe Kruger had five points and seven boards. Freshman Jenna Nielsen had six points and six rebounds.
Alta-Aurelia played at Newell-Fonda on Friday night, and those game recaps are in a different story.