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Lady Bulldogs keep it close in Unity Christian loss

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Magdalene Landegent) LCS's Emily Ellefson rises for a shot against Unity Christian in Orange City Tuesday.
ORANGE CITY -- The Le Mars Community Schools girls showed their strength with an 11-point run to tie up the game at the beginning of the third quarter.

The Bulldogs took the lead soon after, but couldn't extend it, and ended up falling behind Unity Christian 62-53 at the final buzzer.

"It was a back and forth game of runs. We had the lead, they had the lead," LCS girls head coach Judd Kopperud said. "They made a run at the end we just couldn't come back from."

LCS turned over the ball 16 times, but they forced 27 turnovers out of Unity.

"The kids battled tough tonight. It was a good effort out there from everyone," Kopperud said.

He'd like to see his girls be stronger with the ball.

"We left a lot of layups on the floor. You can't do that against a good team like Unity -- they're athletic, they're long. We've got to finish," Kopperud said.

Free throws gave the Lady Bulldogs a hard time; they went 9-for-22 from the line.

LCS senior Molly Renken led the 'Dogs in scoring with 10 points and senior Emily Pick tallied nine points for the night.

Senior Sydney Rohde pulled down six rebounds and senior Ashley Phelan grabbed five boards.

Rohde added four assists and senior Mary Kate Eckstaine logged three.

"We have eight seniors and they're all phenomenal leaders," Kopperud said. "They're our heart and soul and they lead us every night."

LCS travels to Spirit Lake for the first Lakes Conference game of the season.

"We don't play at home until Dec. 11, so we have a few more games on the road to go," Kopperud said.

He said the 0-2 LCS team has been fun to watch.

"They battle, they play hard, they get after it," he said. "We are who we are, and we really rely on effort and determination and really playing hard. That's what we have to hang our hat on. If they keep battling, keep playing hard, the wins will come."

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