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For the second time in five days, the Somerset girls basketball team was in a position where it had a chance to win.

Last Tuesday the Somerset girls played at Ellsworth. The Panthers, like Somerset, had one win on the season. The game was as even as the records. Ellsworth scored three points in the final 30 seconds to preserve a 40-36 win over Somerset.

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The first quarter of the game was even, but Ellsworth made a run in the second quarter to move ahead 27-21 by halftime.

It was Somerset's turn to make a charge in the third quarter. Led by six points from Kendra Steinlicht, the Spartans cut the margin to 31-30 at the end of the third quarter.

The game remained close throughout the final quarter. Ellsworth held a 37-36 lead when Somerset set up for a good scoring chance, but couldn't hit the shot.

Somerset was then forced to foul with 30 seconds left in the game. The Panthers made the first of the free throws, then rebounded the missed second shot and made the shot off the offensive rebound.

This loss came five days after the Spartans had lost a close game to St. Bernard's.

"They're on the verge," said Somerset coach Bill Powers. "It's just the confidence to know they can win."

Steinlicht and Roxi Martin led the Spartans with 11 points against Ellsworth. Martin also hauled down 12 rebounds and Mariah Belisle added eight rebounds.

Things didn't go as well for the Spartans on Friday when they were visited by Osceola, the Middle Border Conference leader. The score was 15-7 after a quarter. Osceola then held Somerset to one point in the second quarter and two points in the third quarter, on their way to a 53-22 win over the Spartans.

"Osceola is just so deep," Powers said. "They can press, break a press, they've got all the ingredients to be a well-rounded team."

Powers said one of the goals for the team was to shoot more free throws and in the past four games the Spartans have shot 104 free shots. They've only made 50 of those, and improving on that percentage is one of the next goals for the team. Powers said drawing more free throws is a result of the team getting better at taking the ball to the hoop.

Freshman Mallory Rorabeck was one of the bright spots for the Spartans in Friday's game. She scored four points, but gave an example of how the team needs to continue to drive to the basket.

Martin led the Spartans with 11 points against Osceola, including hitting 7-8 free throws.

The Spartan girls will try for their first Middle Border Conference win this Thursday, when they are visited by Amery. The Spartans will also play at home next Tuesday, with Baldwin-Woodville as the visiting team.

Ellsworth 40, Somerset 36

SOMERSET (36)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Lindner 0 1-2 1, Johnson 2 1-2 5, Langer 1 0-0 3, Rorabeck 1 1-2 3, Martin 1 9-14 11, Steinlicht 4 1-3 11, Markfort 0 0-4 0, Johanneck 0 0-0 0, Belisle 0 2-4 2. Totals 9 15-31 36.

ELLSWORTH (40)

Melstrom 1 0-0 2, Schommer 3 3-5 11, Kiefer 7 2-6 16, Radkey 1 2-7 4, Knutson 1 0-0 2, Konkol 2 1-2 5. Totals 15 8-20 40.

Somerset 8 13 9 6 36

Ellsworth 9 18 4 9 40

Three-point goals -- Langer, Steinlicht 2, Schommer 2. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Somerset 18, Ellsworth 22.

Osceola 53, Somerset 22

OSCEOLA (53)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Kumlien 2 1-2 5, Swanson 6 0-2 12, Pettis 1 0-0 2, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Tarman 3 0-0 6, Schmidt 0 6-8 6, Springer 1 0-0 2, Muckenhirn 4 2-2 10, Hasselquist 5 0-2 10. Totals 22 9-16 53.

SOMERSET (22)

Lindner 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Langer 1 0-0 2, Rorabeck 1 2-5 4, Martin 0 1-2 1, Markfort 0 0-2 0, Johanneck 0 1-2 1, Belisle 1 1-2 3. Totals 5 12-21 22.

Osceola 15 14 16 8 53

Somerset 7 1 2 12 22

Three-point goals -- none. Fouled out -- Lewis. Total fouls -- Osceola 21, Somerset 12.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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