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Dominant performance gives Lady 'Dogs quality win over Spencer

Monday, January 28, 2013

SPENCER -- The Le Mars girls basketball dominated all four quarters in their matchup with Spencer on Friday and left town with a 52-35 victory.

"We played very well, put a nice game together from start to finish," LCS coach Judd Kopperud said. "We were quick on the floor offensively and defensively. That was fun to see."

The Lady 'Dogs were focused from the get-go, established an early lead and were up 15-9 after the first quarter.

The Tigers fought back in the second period but the 'Dogs kept them at a distance, leading 26-21 at halftime.

The picture remained the same in the second half. Spencer tried hard to chip away at the Bulldogs' lead, but Kopperud's team kept the upper hand and finished the third quarter ahead 37-29.

While the game had been relatively close up to this point, Le Mars blew the game wide open in the final eight minutes.

The Lady 'Dogs outscored the Tigers 15-6 in the fourth stanza, resulting in the final score.

"We stressed to the girls at halftime 'Build your lead!' and that's exactly what they did," Kopperud said. "We kept building our lead in the second half. They really bought into that concept."

The leading scorer for Le Mars was senior Emily Renken with 12 points. She was followed by seniors Mary Kate Eckstaine with 11, Carolyn Ahlers with nine, and Emily Pick with eight. Ahlers had a team-high five assists.

Defensively, senior Ashley Phelan had seven rebounds and three steals. Eckstaine and senior Molly Renken each grabbed five boards.

Kopperud was satisfied with his team's performance.

"It's been a long time since we had a one-sided game with Spencer that went in our favor," he said. "It was fun to beat a quality program like that with a score like that."

With the win, the Lady 'Dogs' record improves to 6-10. They will face Cherokee on Tuesday.

"We are building towards consistently playing our best basketball at the end of the year. We have to come out ready to play a very tough Cherokee team on the road," Kopperud said.

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