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B-W rallies from 12 down to top Spartan girls

The Somerset girls basketball team learned a harsh lesson last Thursday.

At halftime the Spartans were ahead of Baldwin-Woodville 29-17. But the Spartans' play steadily declined in the second half and the Blackhawks were able to come back for a 52-49 Middle Border Conference win.

In all three of their MBC games thus far, the Spartans have played one extremely sharp half and one half that was not nearly as sharp. Against Osceola the Spartans were impressive in the first half, and they had a big second half in their win over Ellsworth.

"When we have lapses, we lapse big time," said Spartan coach Bill Powers. "When we had a 12-point lead we were playing like we were 10 behind, we didn't make good decisions with the ball."

One of the things the Spartans did well was take B-W leading scorer Julia Monicken out of the game. Monicken was limited to six points before fouling out.

But other parts of the Spartan defense struggled, especially in the post area where the Blackhawks worked to isolate Spartans and then beat them on one-on-one moves.

Powers said he felt the Spartans who played the best overall games Thursday were Roxi Martin, Julie Markfort and Ali Marson. Martin led the Spartans in scoring with 13 points and she brings a toughness to the court that opponents have to respect.

Markfort overcame early foul trouble to score nine points and play well in the post for the Spartans. Marson is a freshman who is becoming more comfortable at the varsity level.

The Spartans couldn't have asked for a better start to the game. Kendra Steinlicht sank a three-pointer on the first possession of the game and the Spartans rolled through the first quarter, leading 12-4 at the break.

B-W then scored the first six points of the second quarter as the Spartans were being caught not moving well on defense or in rebound positioning.

The Spartans then got on another hot streak, outscoring B-W 17-7 in the rest of the second quarter to lead 29-17 at halftime.

Most of that lead evaporated during the third quarter when the Blackhawks outscored the Spartans 17-8. B-W center Jamie Speer led the Hawks in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of her 11 points to help B-W close out the win.

Powers said this was a difficult loss to take because the girls did have stretches where they played well. The defense had a porous second half, allowing B-W to score 35 points in the half.

"We have to find ways to not have bad spurts or limit them to a minute or two," he said.

Martin and Megan Plourde led the Spartans with six rebounds each and Markfort added five rebounds. The Spartans had 17 steals in the game, led by four from Mallory Rorabeck. The Spartans turned the ball over 21 times in the game.

Somerset's girls get to play one game over the holiday break. They will be playing in the Glenwood City Invitational next Wednesday. Somerset's varsity will face Clear Lake at 6 p.m. The JV teams from those two schools will play at 1 p.m.

Baldwin-Woodville 52, Somerset 49



Newton 1 6-6 8, Schlichting 4 0-2 8, Ducklow 0 2-2 2, Schumacher 2 3-6 7, Speer 5 1-6 11, Berends 1 4-9 6, Monicken 3 0-0 6, Rudesill 1 2-2 4. Totals 17 18-33 52.


Solum 0 0-0 0, Rorabeck 1 1-2 3, Marson 2 0-1 4, Krohn 2 2-2 6, Steinlicht 1 0-0 3, Martin 2 8-11 13, Markfort 3 3-5 9, Johanneck 0 0-0 0, Plourde 4 2-5 11. Totals 15 16-26 49.

Baldwin-Woodville 4 13 17 18 52

Somerset 12 17 8 12 49

Three-point goals -- Martin, Steinlicht, Plourde. Fouled out -- Monicken, Marson. Total fouls -- Baldwin-Woodville 21, Somerset 23.

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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