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Freshman Samantha Flandrick (right) is one of several young players who have shown progress for the Spartans this season.

Somerset girls basketball keeps getting closer to first win

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Somerset girls basketball keeps getting closer to first win
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The Somerset girls basketball team keeps getting closer to its first victory of the season.

The Spartans had their best shot at a win last Friday when they lost to Thorp 47-45 in the second round of the Thorp holiday tournament. The Spartans also played well in the opening round loss to Abbotsford.

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The overtime loss was a good experience for the Spartans. It was the first time all season they faced the pressure of being competitive in a game. The Spartans didn't handle the pressure the best, missing 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, but Coach Kendrick Livers said it is all part of the team's learning process.

Senior Sadie Gilbertson was the offensive leader in both games for the Spartans. She scored 12 points against Abbotsford, then she rang up 19 points against Thorp.

"She has the skills to be good,"?Livers said, saying that Thorp did all it could to keep the ball out of Gilbertson's hands.

Livers credited freshman Baily Paulus with being the Spartans' best rebounder in both games. He said senior Sarah Krig was the foundation of the team's defense.

"Sarah protected the basket and she's showing more discipline,"?Livers said.

The Spartan coaches have settled on a player rotation after using the first eight games of the season to give players a chance to establish themselves. Livers said the girls were more relaxed in their play, knowing how the playing time would be divided.

The Spartans have a week to use what they learned in the tournament to improve. They don't play again until next Tuesday, when they host Ellsworth. Neither team has registered a Middle Border Conference win yet this season.

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