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Bulldogs stomp out Spirit Lake's winning streak 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(Photo by Ryan Christoffel, Dickinson County News) Le Mars' Kyle Dolph defends the hoop against Spirit Lake's Paul Brown in the Bulldogs' Tuesday win over the Indians.
SPIRIT LAKE -- The Le Mars Community Schools boys were firing on all pistons Tuesday against Spirit Lake for the 68-44 conference win.

"We played a great team game tonight," LCS coach Dave Irwin said. "Our chemistry really came together."

When players were hot, the 'Dogs got them the ball, giving LCS the ability to run up the score against the Indians.

LCS senior Kyle Dolph was on fire in the first half, scoring 16 of the Bulldogs' 36 points before halftime.

"Dolph had a fantastic first half, and I thought our guys recognized that and really looked to get him involved offensively," Irwin said.

The senior led the Bulldogs' scoring with 23 points, going 11-for-14 from the floor.

Junior Jake Irwin added 20 points for LCS, hitting several threes.

"Jake played a nice game offensively, and I thought we did a nice job of finding him after he hit a couple," the LCS coach said. "Those guys, they might have scored a lot of our points, but it was the recognition of the whole team and understanding what was going well for us."

LCS' energetic start stymied Spirit Lake's offense Tuesday.

The Bulldogs took an early lead, stretching the gap to double digits before halftime.

"We really came out and asserted ourselves defensively," Irwin said. "We got out and made things extremely difficult for them. We contested shots really well and we rebounded really well. We need to do those type of things to get our transition offense game going. I think that's when we're at our best -- when we're doing those things."

LCS led 36-22 at halftime. Sixteen of those points were from Dolph.

He scored again to start the third quarter, then the Indians traded back-and-forth buckets with the Bulldogs for a while before the LCS team continued to build its lead.

The Bulldogs scored 15 points to the Indians' 10 that quarter, making it 51-32 going into the final stanza.

Senior Gabe Rahn and Irwin led in rebounds with five each, and Irwin logged five assists.

LCS senior Parker Rolfes nabbed four steals from the Indians.

"I like how Parker Rolfes comes into the game and really changes the whole energy level for our guys," Coach Irwin said. "He's an outstanding defensive player. I also thought Tanner Anthony came off the bench and played a very nice game for us as well."

The Bulldogs will hit the road again Friday. The boys travel for the third time in a row for a conference game with Emmetsburg.

They'll have their season home opener with Western Christian at LCS's gym next Tuesday.

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