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Published 12:55 am Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jaden Rasmusson (3), a senior guard from Glenville-Emmons battles Alden-Conger senior guard Ariel Keller (23) for a loose ball in the Knights’ 59-18 win. Keller tied teammate Karina Skov with a team-high three assists, while Rasmusson scored four points. -- Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Alden-Conger uses strong inside game to defeat Glenville-Emmons

GLENVILLE — The Alden-Conger girls’ basketball team rebounded from three losses last week with a 59-18 victory over Glenville-Emmons in non-conference action on Monday.

“After a rough week, we just wanted to get back to the basics of what we’re supposed to be doing,” A-C head coach Jennifer Hovendick said.

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G-E scored the first basket of the game, but A-C took a 10-2 lead with solid play on the offensive interior by sophomore center Liesel Theusch and junior center Brooke Reyerson.

“We had to be disciplined and work hard to get the ball inside,” Hovendick said. “Our girls are committed to it.”

Alden-Conger senior center Taylor Martin (52) shoots the ball after grabbing an offensive rebound, as Glenville-Emmons senior guards Jaden Rasmusson (3) and Karrin Olson (4) play defense. Martin led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. -- Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

The Wolverines got back into the game with a 3-pointer by junior guard Bre Lundmark, which cut G-E’s deficit to six points (11-5).

A-C responed with a 22-3 run by pounding the ball into the post to close out the half.

“It takes a lot of patience, and that’s what we’ve been preaching to our guards all week,” Hovendick said. “It was good to see it out on the court.”

At the half, A-C led 33-8.

In the second half, A-C senior center Taylor Martin hit her stride. She already completed a three-point play at the end of the first half. Early in the second half, she earned two more three-point plays to give the Knights a 40-11 advantage.

With the exception of a basket on the next play by G-E’s Madi Ziebell on the game’s next possession, the Wolverines struggled shooting the ball.

Over the course of the game, G-E shot 13 percent from the field.

“They played good defense,” G-E head coach Lisa Ziebell said. “But, our kids, they hustled. They worked hard. You can’t ask more than that.”

Sophomore center Liesel Theusch of Alden-Conger and sophomore guard of Glenville-Emmons Madi Ziebell attempt to control the opening tip in Glenville. -- Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

A-C faired well from the field, making nearly 50 percent of its shots. Nine players scored for the Knights.

During the final ten minutes, A-C’s bench gained varsity experience.

“With four more games this week, we’ve got to take advantage of opportunities to rest our starters,” Hovendick said. “It’s great to get those kids in the game who practice hard every day, but might not get many chances to play.”

Despite not playing in the final ten minutes, Martin earned a game-high 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from the free-throw line. Jaclyn Weitzel led G-E with five points and seven rebounds.

Reyerson led all rebounders with eight, while Martin added six boards.

Junior guard Karina Skov earned a game-high four steals and tied senior Ariel Keller with a game-high three assists.

After beginning the season 10-1, the Knights are now 11-4.

Next, A-C hosts Le Roy-Ostrander Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.

The Wolverines fall to 1-12 on the season.

Next, G-E plays Jan.22 at Spring Grove at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.