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Solum powers Spartans past Blackhawks

With a little help from the New Richmond girls, the Somerset girls basketball team is back at the top of the Middle Border Conference standings.

Last Thursday Somerset's girls put together a powerful effort in winning at Baldwin-Woodville, 67-42. The following night, New Richmond's girls upset Amery. Somerset and Amery had been tied at the top of the MBC standings until New Richmond knocked off the Warriors.

Somerset went to Baldwin last Thursday and took care of business. Last year, the Spartans were upset when they played at Baldwin and they were intent on not letting history repeat itself.

B-W led 12-11 after a quarter, but the rest of the game was dominated by the Spartans. They led 30-19 at halftime and ran away with the game in the second half.

Somerset senior center Kayla Solum was unstoppable in the low post at Baldwin. She hit 12-15 shots from the floor, finishing with 26 points. She also led the Spartans with six rebounds and five blocked shots. Her little sister, Karli, led the Spartans with four steals.

Spartan coach Bill Powers was enthused over the contributions of senior Ali Marson and junior Alicia Potting. Marson contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Potting is hitting her stride after missing the first month of the season with an injury.

"Both of those girls played their best games of the year," Powers said.

Somerset has an outstanding transition game and the Spartans ran it well. The Spartans' focus recently has been working to sharpen their play when they face zone defenses.

Powers said the Spartans tried very few three-point shots in this game, because the team was moving the ball so well against the B-W zone defense. That produced numerous high percentage shots from close range.

The Spartans will be back in action this Friday, when they play at Prescott.

Somerset 67,

Baldwin-Woodville 42



Wahlquist 1 1-4 3, Hovde 0 2-2 2, Kimberly 4 0-0 12, Kusilek 2 0-0 6, Hawley 2 2-2 6, Vanasse 2 1-2 5, Borh 4 0-0 8. Totals 15 6-10 42.


Westerdahl 0 0-0 0, Potting 2 0-0 5, Baillargeon 1 0-0 2, Karli Solum 2 0-0 4, Marson 4 1-2 9, Ring 2 4-5 8, Wells 1 0-0 2, Steinlicht 0 1-2 1, Krohn 2 0-0 4, Martell 2 2-4 6, Kayla Solum 12 2-2 26, Rorabeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 10-15 67.

Baldwin-Woodville 12 7 12 11 42

Somerset 11 19 20 17 67

Three-point goals -- Kimberly 4, Kusilek 2, Potting. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Baldwin-Woodville 10, Somerset 12.

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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