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Somerset senior Sarah Krig (3) tries to drive to the basket against New Richmond's Sydney Kannel during last Tuesday's contest in Somerset.

Offensive success continues to elude Somerset girls basketball

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Turnovers have become an ongoing problem that is weighing down any progress being made by the Somerset girls basketball team.

In recent games against Ellsworth and Spooner, the Spartans were competitive through the first half. But as the Spartans overextended themselves when trying to make plays, turnovers were the main result. And those turnovers quickly turned those close games into one-sided affairs.

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At Ellsworth last Friday the Spartans trailed 26-21 at halftime. Then the turnovers hit like a blizzard. Before the Spartans could get back under control, Ellsworth had pulled away for a 61-33 victory.

The same happened at Spooner on Monday. Again the Spartans trailed by five points at halftime. And when the turnovers started again, they couldn't be stopped. The Spartans ended up taking a 50-26 loss.

Somerset coach Kendrick Livers said the turnovers are a product of impatience and the cumulative lack of success the team has seen this season. As the team watches a chance for a win slip away, he said the girls try to do too much as individuals, instead of staying within the team framework.

In Monday's game, Livers said freshmen Sam Flandrick and Baily Paulus had the best nights among the Spartans. Flandrick led the team with eight points and three steals.

In the loss at Ellsworth, seniors Jamie Victor and Sarah Krig, along with Flandrick, each scored six points. That was Ellsworth's Senior Night and Ellsworth was anxious to get its first Middle Border Conference win.

"They were hungrier than us," Livers said. "They wanted that conference win."

The Spartans also suffered a conference loss last Tuesday, losing on their home court to New Richmond 42-18. Instead of being in contention early, like they had been against Ellsworth and Spooner, the Spartan offense was ice cold in the first half. The Spartans were held scoreless in the first quarter. They trailed 23-5 at halftime.

Up next for the Spartans are a pair of home games. They will host Amery on Thursday and Prescott next Monday. The Spartans end their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 21, with a game at Durand.

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