By John Rittenhouse
The Adrian girls' basketball team got off to a good start in 2001 by posting a pair of Red Rock Conference wins on the road.
The Dragons bested Fulda by six points in Fulda Thursday before topping Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin by 10 points in Butterfield Tuesday.
Adrian, 6-1 overall, hosts Pipestone-Jasper tonight before playing road games against Red Rock Central and Hills-Beaver Creek tomorrow and Tuesday respectively.
Adrian 62, ML-B-O 52
A third-quarter eruption by the Dragons set the stage for a 10-point win in Butterfield Tuesday.
Adrian experienced a letdown that allowed ML-B-O to trim what was a 15-8 lead at the end of the first period to one point (25-24) at the intermission.
The Dragons responded by outscoring the Wolverines 24-10 in the third period to open a 49-34 cushion, putting the game away.
ML-B-O did outscore AHS 18-13 in the fourth quarter without seriously challenging the winners.
"It's always good to win on the road," offered Dragon coach Randy Strand. "I was a little disappointed in our second quarter. I think we ran out of gas a little bit."
Autumn Wolf, who had seven assists, scored nine of her team-high 18 points in the decisive third quarter for AHS. Andrea Burzlaff, who had eight rebounds, scored seven of her 17 points in the same period. Jennifer Wolf scored 12 points and dished out five assists. Jenna Honermann had five steals and four assists for the winners.
Bo.Bullerman 0 0 2-2 2, Honermann 3 0 1-2 7, Burzlaff 6 0 3-5 15, A.Wolf 3 2 2-2 18, J.Wolf 5 0 2-3 12, Knips 1 0 0-0 2, Lonneman 3 0 0-0 6.
Adrian: 25 of 46 field goals (54 percent), 10 of 14 free throws (71 percent), 27 rebounds, 16 turnovers.
ML-B-O: 20 of 54 field goals (37 percent), four of eight free throws (50 percent), 25 rebounds, 15 turnovers.
Adrian 45, Fulda 39
The Dragons took over first place in the Red Rock Conference by themselves when they topped the Raiders by six points in Fulda Thursday.
Adrian and Fulda entered the game with league-leading 4-0 records. It was the Dragons who remained unbeaten in league play by opening a six-point halftime lead and maintaining it in the second half to win by six.
"We won ugly," said Dragon coach Randy Strand, who noted that his team was playing its first game since Dec. 19. "We scrapped hard defensively, did a good job of not turning the ball over, and made some free throws in the fourth quarter to keep our lead."
The Dragons led 8-7 after eight minutes of play before Andrea Burzlaff netted four of her 10 points in the second quarter to spur AHS to a 9-4 scoring cushion that gave it a 17-11 halftime lead. Adrian protected its lead in the second half, sporting a 27-22 advantage after three quarters of play before winning by six in the end.
Jennifer Wolf scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded four assists and four steals for the winners. Autumn Wolf added five rebounds and four assists. Jenna Honermann added five rebounds.
Honermann 4 0 0-1 8, Burzlaff 2 0 6-7 10, A.Wolf 0 1 1-2 4, J.Wolf 3 1 8-12 17, Knips 0 0 2-2 2, Lonneman 2 0 0-2 4.
Adrian: 13 of 33 field goals (39 percent), 17 of 26 free throws (65 percent), 23 rebounds, 13 turnovers.
Fulda: 15 of 54 field goals (28 percent), eight of 16 free throws (50 percent), 24 rebounds, 16 turnovers.