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The growth process for the young Somerset girls basketball team isn't a consistent thing. But in games like last Wednesday's 49-24 win over Clear Lake, the Spartans give plenty of reason for optimism.

Somerset's girls were sizzling in the opening three minutes of the game, rolling up a 10-0 lead at the Glenwood City tournament. The Spartans then fell into a bad pattern for the rest of the half, which was riddled with tons of turnovers and out of control play by both teams. Somerset was able to hold onto an 18-13 lead at halftime, but the game was much more of a battle than it appeared it would be at the start.

In the third quarter one word best described the Spartans' play and that word would be "attack."

The Spartans had been able to get some success with full-court pressure in the first half. In the second half that pressure was much more effective, with the Spartans more coordinated in how they flowed within their press.

The attacking made a more drastic difference on offense. The Spartans had no success in their half-court offense in the first half. In the second half the guards began attacking the creases in the Clear Lake zone defense. This led to the guards getting several close range shots, plus dishing off to the post players for numerous high quality shots.

Leading Somerset's play was senior center Julie Markfort. Markfort was the dominant rebounder of the game and she continues to be an enforcer in the paint on defense. She had a number of steals under the basket and also as the last line of defense on Somerset's press.

The Spartans were running a new press in this game. Coach Bill Powers said the girls at the back of the press "anticipated well," helping the team get 18 steals.

Markfort led the team with six rebounds and stole the ball four times. Point guard Mallory Rorabeck led the team with five steals and she and Roxi Martin each scored eight points to lead the balanced effort. Ten Spartans scored in the game. The Spartans only turned the ball over 14 times in the game.

This win moves the Spartans above .500 at 4-3 as they start the 2005 portion of their season.

"Our goal is to finish the season over .500 and get a good seed in the regional," Powers said. "I think those are legitimate goals."

Somerset 49, Clear Lake 24



T.Steinlicht 0 3-4 3, Putz 0 0-0 0, Solum 2 1-2 5, Rorabeck 4 0-2 8, Marson 0 0-0 0, Krohn 2 3-4 7, Martin 4 0-2 8, K.Steinlicht 2 0-0 4, Markfort 2 1-4 5, Johanneck 1 0-0 2, Leemkuil 0 0-0 0, Borgstrom 1 0-0 2, Plourde 1 3-5 5. Totals 19 11-23 49.


Buhr 3 0-3 8, Li.Arcand 0 2-2 2, Luhman 0 2-2 2, Somsen 0 1-2 1, Soderberg 2 2-4 6, La.Arcand 1 3-4 5. Totals 6 10-17 24.

Somerset 14 4 14 17 49

Clear Lake 6 7 2 9 24

Three-point goals -- Buhr 2. Fouled out -- Buhr. Total fouls -- Somerset 17, Clear Lake 21.

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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