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Spartans in three-way battle for MBC crown

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Spartans in three-way battle for MBC crown
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The race for the Middle Border Conference girls basketball title should be a thriller, with Somerset, Durand and Amery all locked in a battle for this year's championship.

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Currently, the three MBC leaders are all tied for the top spot in the conference, with two losses each. Somerset suffered its second loss of the MBC last Tuesday, when Durand came to Somerset and earned a 67-57 win.

The Spartans returned to the win column on Friday when they won at Prescott 63-48.

This Thursday the Spartans will be playing at home, when New Richmond comes to visit. The Spartans were able to beat New Richmond 65-60 in the first round of conference play and the Spartans are expecting Thursday's game to be another tough battle.

The Spartans had no answers for Durand point guard Sammi Hoyt in Tuesday's game. Hoyt is the reigning MBC Most Valuable Player. She showed why when she lit up the Spartans for 29 points.

"Defensively we didn't play well," said Somerset coach Bill Powers. "Offensively we're playing much better, but defensively we're not getting the job done."

The Spartans played well in the first quarter on Tuesday, leading 19-15. In the second and third quarter Durand took charge. By the end of the third quarter the Panthers led by 10 points. The Spartans tried several different schemes to stop Hoyt, but nothing seemed to work. Durand also hurt the Spartans by getting numerous offensive rebounds.

Kayla Solum led the Spartans with 19 points against Durand. Kellie Ring scored 18 points in the loss. Solum led the team with eight rebounds, but she was the only Spartan with more than three rebounds in the game. Solum produced six steals in the game and Ring stole the ball five times.

In Friday's game, the Spartans struggled at the start, but gained strength through the game. Prescott led 14-13 after a quarter, but the Spartans pulled ahead for good during the second quarter. Senior Kayla Solum scored seven points in the second quarter as the Spartans built up a 29-24 lead.

The Spartans had to deal with some early foul trouble in the game, with Solum and point guard Kellie Ring missing minutes early in the game. Powers said several reserves, particularly Amy Wells in the post, played important roles in this win.

"Our depth is better than it's ever been," Powers said about his bench players.

This was another game where the Spartans continued to reduce their reliance on three-point shooting. The Spartans have done better at establishing Solum and Ali Marson as inside scoring threats.

"That's why our shooting percentage has gone up, we're working for better shots," Powers said.

Ring led the Spartans with 13 points at Prescott, followed by Marson with 12 and Solum with 11. Marson led the team with eight rebounds.

Somerset 63, Prescott 48

SOMERSET (63)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Potting 2 2-2 6, Karli Solum 1 0-2 3, Marson 5 2-2 12, Ring 5 3-6 13, Wells 0 2-2 2, Steinlicht 1 0-0 3, Krohn 3 0-0 7, Martell 2 2-2 6, Kayla Solum 1 9-9 11. Totals 20 20-25 63.

PRESCOTT (48)

Swan 3 5-8 11, Carlson 1 0-0 2, Charette5 2-6 14, Brunner 5 1-6 11, Simon 1 0-0 2, Krech 1 0-0 2, Jilk 2 2-3 6. Totals 18 10-23 48.

Somerset 13 16 17 17 63

Prescott 14 10 11 13 48

Three-point goals -- Karli Solum, Steinlicht, Krohn, Charette 2. Fouled out -- Swan, Krech. Total fouls -- Somerset 19, Prescott 19.

Durand 67, Somerset 57

DURAND (67)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Hoyt 13 2-5 29, J.Schoeder 1 0-0 3, Doverspike 3 1-2 10, S.Schoeder 2 1-2 6, Weber 1 1-5 3, Danzinger 1 2-6 4, Olson 6 0-0 12. Totals 27 7-20 67.

SOMERSET (57)

Potting 2 0-0 3, Karli Solum 1 0-0 2, Marson 2 0-0 4, Ring 5 6-12 18, Wells 0 0-0 0, Steinlicht 0 0-0 0, Krohn 0 0-0 0, Martell 3 1-2 10, Kayla Solum 8 3-4 19. Totals 21 10-18 57.

Durand 15 18 21 13 67

Somerset 19 10 15 13 57

Three-point goals -- Hoyt, J.Schoeder, Doverspike 3, S.Schoeder, Ring 2, Martell 3. Total fouls -- Durand 15, Somerset 20.

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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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