Poor first quarter harms A-A boys
SAC CITY - A poor opening quarter set the tone for the Alta-Aurelia boys on Monday night. They went the entire frame without a field goal and put themselves into a hole they were unable to climb out of against East Sac County. The end result was a 56-44 loss for the Warriors in their Twin Lakes Conference finale.
“We did not score a field goal in the first quarter. We had four to five really good looks that didn’t fall and were down 12 after the first period,” A-A Coach Evan Franzmeier said. “That’s a tough hole to battle out of against a good team like East Sac.”
The Raiders took advantage of the poor quarter from Alta-Aurelia to build a 14-2 lead going into the second. Alta-Aurelia showed some signs of life and began to hit some shots but still trailed at the break, 27-14.
The Warriors continued to try to climb out of the hole they were in but East Sac pushed their lead up to 18 going to the final stanza, 44-26. A-A finally outscored ESC over the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough.
“We played even with them in the remaining three quarters which I thought was good for the guys. We were in scramble mode late in the game trying to cut a 10 point deficit, but give East Sac credit, they hit 23-of-30 free throws in the game,” Franzmeier said.
Senior Tyler Hanks was the lone Warrior in double figures with 15 points, but went 4-of-17 from the floor. Senior Chandler Damewood had eight points and 14 rebounds. Junior Anthony Krier and sophomore Cade Rowher had seven points apiece.
The Warriors went 13-of-48 from the floor and 2-of-13 from behind the arc. They left 10 points at the free throw line, going 16-of-26. A-A had 22 rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks.
“Like I said, hard to play from behind against a good free throw shooting team,” Franzmeier said. “Best situation for us, we have the opportunity to play those guys again in Districts.”
Alta-Aurelia falls to 13-6 and finishes the TLC slate with a 7-4 mark. They played host to 15-4 OA-BCIG on Tuesday night, and will then close out the regular season on Friday with a trip to 8-9 River Valley.