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Somerset girls basketball team keeps battling

While the Somerset girls basketball team is 1-13 this season, the lack of wins hasn't dampened the competitive fire of the Spartan players.

The Spartans put up a good battle in both their games last week, but ended up with losses against Osceola and Baldwin-Woodville.

The Spartans led during parts of the second half, but couldn't complete the win in a 46-36 loss to Osceola last Tuesday. The Spartans put up a good fight against B-W, the Middle Border Conference leader, losing 54-28 last Friday.

Somerset coach Kendrick Livers has seen no impact of the losses on his team's effort level.

"The girls' spirits are still up, they practice hard every day. That's what makes the season bearable. The girls are trying to improve every day," he said.

Senior Sarah Krig had the best game of her career against Osceola. She led the Spartans with 13 points, six blocked shots and 10 rebounds.

The Spartans held a 33-29 lead in the second half. But on the next four possessions, the Spartans turned the ball over each time. Osceola took the lead during that span and the Spartans could never get it back.

The Spartans had balanced scoring against B-W, led by another solid effort from Krig.

Injuries have also hampered the Spartans success. The team was without senior guard Sadie Gilbertson at Osceola. She was back for Friday's game in Baldwin, but the team was without senior point guard Anna Siggens, who was injured at Osceola. Freshman Baily Paulus stepped into the point guard role for Friday's game.

Paulus is part of a freshman class that has seen a great deal of court time at the varsity level this season.

"Our young kids have started to play really well," Livers said. "The experience the young girls are getting will help us out a lot next year."

The Spartans don't have another contest scheduled this week. Their next game will be played next Tuesday, when they host New Richmond.