"Best Effort" Gives AHS Verdict Over C-Lake Lions Algeria, (la.) UpjMf DM MdlnM Toesdoy, December 21, 1965 "Best effort I ever got from squad!" Tha's what Coach say a Howie Stephenson had to about his club's surprisingly easy 69-58 victory over previously- unbeaten Clear Lake in a big North Central Conference game before a jammed house here Friday night. The loss, first in six outings for the Lions, evened the two team's season marks at 5-1 and loop records at 3-1. Both trail Humboldt, 77-74 winner over Iowa Falls Friday, which has a 4-1 conference record. Algona will now be idle until Jan. 4 when an important trip to Clarion will have further bearing on the Bulldogs' chances in the league battle - but the couple of weeks until then will probably be filled with talk of the Clear Lake win by fans - and hard work by the locals. Watching the teams warm up, you got the idea Algona would have about as much chance beating the tall visitors as a man would have beating off a jet bomber with a fly swatter - but the eight players who saw action for Stephenson apparently never had any idea they couldn't win. A couple of shots by Dan Merryman and Dale Teeter found the mark right after the start of action, making it 4-0. It was 4-2 when Merryman canned another, then the Lakers tied the count at 6-6beforeCraigEspehit for the locals. The score was knotted at 8-8 when the Bulldogs put on a 10- point spurt that proved to be the most important rally in the first half. Taking an 18-8 lead, Algona fought off numerous challenges by the tall Lions, and the locals led, 18-13, at the quarter. Algona kept Clear Lake from scoring field goals with any regularity during the first half of the struggle, but it appeared that fouls (Algona had 15, Clear Lake 6 before intermission) would rob the locals of a chance to win. Meanwhile, Espe and Dave Walker kept pecking away, and with Merryman getting six points the trio totaled 29 during the first 16 minutes, enough to give Algona a 37-30 halftime edge. Espe fired in seven fielders, one more than the entire Clear Lake team had at halftime, but 18 successful free throws in 24 attempts kept the visitors in contention. Two or three of the big Lions kept a constant defensive ring around Dale Teeter, Algona's 27 point-per-game scorer, but he was able to hit teammates with passes which set up clear shots at the bucket. Stephenson surprised everyone In the place at the start of the second halt when tusteam opened play with his famed stall offense. While Clear Lake fans and players alike got franctic over Algona's antics, the Bulldogs, using scoring opportunities like each one was the game-winner, built the margin to 42-30 - and only 1:37 of the third round remained before Clear Lake managed to score. It was 4734 at the three-quarter mark and apparent Clear Lake's big men couldn't cope with quicker, smoother ball handling opposition. Clear Lake had a two point edge during the final eight minutes, perhaps due to the fact Teeter's rebounding strength was lost when he went to the bench with five fouls 4;49 from the end. He got a standing ovation - and while he counted only nine, points (actually hitting only one field goal, with another awarded on a goal tending call), played possibly the finest game of his career. Espe added nine free throws to his first half field goals to lead the locals in scoring with 23 points, a career high for him. Walker canned 16, also a career high, and Merryman, who picked up four first half fouls, went all the way and got 10. Bill Boldridge, thrown into a startling role when Tom Claude went to the hospital for an appendectomy a day earlier, performed admirably, and reserves Tom Jones, Steve Waller and Brooke Laws also helped clinch the decision. Teeter managed to snare 10 rebounds, stole the ball four times and blocked four shots to prove once again his all-around ability. Walker got seven rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot as the Bulldogs were out- rebounded 32-24 in the game. They made up for it in other ways, however, racking up a total of 16 steals to four by the visitors (Espe got five) and blocking six shots to one. Moriskey, big Lion center, led his team's scoring with 23 points, followed by Anderson with 20. For Teeter, it marked his lowest scoring total in 20 games and the first time in 16 consecutive games, spreading over two seasons, he has not led the Bulldogs in scoring. And who can forget Espe's dazzling dribbling during the last half s play. All Bulldogs can be very proud of the win. . Box score: Laws 3 1-0 1 23 32-23 23 ALGONA (69) Merryman Teeter Walker Espe Boldridge Jones Waller FG 5 2 4 7 1 0 1 FT 1-0 7-5 9-8 10-9 0-0 0-0 4-1 F 4 5 4 3 3 2 1 C. LAKE (58) FG FT F Opheim 2 10-7 3 Elting 1 0-04 Moriskey 7 11-9 3 Grabinski 0 4-21 Anderson 6 11-8 2 Evenrud 0 0-03 Schoneman 0 0-02 Floy 0 0-0 1 MacDonald 0 0-0 1 16 36-26 20 Algona's junior varsity remained on top of the standings in the loop and stayed unbeaten through six games with an easy 76-55 verdict in the curtain- raiser. Bob Farnham and Rog Meyer got 12 points each and Greg Belts and Rich Black got 11 each as the locals held a 49-21 halftime lead and 62-34 bulge at the three-quarter mark. Nine men scored for Coach Keith Christie's club. Sentral Girls Win As Boys Lose Friday GRUVER —An evenly balanced offensive attack let the Sentral girls to a 67-40 triumph over Lincoln - Centxal here Friday night, but the Lincoln- Central boys retaliated in the 73-69 in Stateline Conference action. Betty Wehrspan and Vickie Eimers both scored 16 points to pace the Sentral girls. Cindy Lockwood tallied 15 points and Teresa Voigt chipped in 11 markers. For the Lincoln-Central girls, Mary Justus scored 20 points and Jan Holl chalked up 16. Allan Marlow paced the Sentral boys in a futile effort with io points, Mark Geitzenauer scored 16 points, followed by Terry Elmers with 14 tallies and Dennis Uthof with ten points. Glen Gjerde led the way for the victorious Lincoln-Central five scoring 20 points. Tom Weber contributed 19 markers and Greg Thiel added 12 tallies. Again Taking Christmas Bulbs The Algona police department and Mayor Bill Finn have been notified by at least two local residents that culprits have stolen Christmas tree bulbs from outside decorations at their homes. An official notice of the city's stand on the matter will be found in today's UDM. It threatens anyone responsible for such acts with punishment as provided by law. Local residents reporting loss of Christmas bulbs were Mrs. Gene Hood and Rev. 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