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Somerset girls basketball competitive with Amery

Finding silver linings in a 1-20 season has been a challenge for the Somerset girls basketball team.

The Spartans showed they haven't given up, playing very competitively in a 53-41 loss last Thursday. Amery finished fourth in the Middle Border Conference standings with an 8-6 record.

Thursday's game was Senior Night and the Spartan seniors produced one of their finest efforts of the season. Seniors Jamie Victor scored eight points and Natalie Moses scored six points, high marks in their careers. Sarah Krig scored seven points and she frustrated Amery by blocking 10 shots during the game. Anna Siggens contributed five points.

Spartan coach Kendrick Livers said it was good to see the balanced scoring in the game, with so many more girls able to make significant scoring contributions. Freshman Sam Flandrick led the non-seniors by adding eight points, all coming in the second quarter.

Amery led 11-8 after a quarter and the Spartans were still within reach at halftime, trailing 28-18. It wasn't until the third quarter that Amery was able to put the game out of reach.

The Spartans were back on their home court on Monday, but they couldn't muster the offense to stay with Prescott. By halftime Prescott was ahead 23-8 and the Cardinals finished with a 48-22 victory.

Senior Sadie Gilbertson led the Spartans with nine points on Monday.

The Spartans will finish their regular season schedule this Thursday with a game at Durand.

The WIAA Division 3 regionals begin next Tuesday and the Spartans have drawn a challenging opening assignment.

The Spartans received the 11th seed in the regional tournament bracket. They open the tournament Tuesday by playing at St. Croix Falls. The Saints received the sixth seed in the bracket, despite the fact that they have a 19-3 record this season and won the Lakeland South Conference title.