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Somerset girls basketball learns lesson at Baldwin-Woodville

There’s a learning curve for the young Somerset girls basketball team.

They went one of the sharper bends in that curve last Friday when they faced defending Middle Border Conference champion Baldwin-Woodville on the Blackhawks’ home court. The Spartans lost 56-34 in that game.

There can be a measure of progress drawn from the game for the Spartans. The Blackhawks thumped them pretty thoroughly in the first half, leading 28-11 at the break. The Spartans didn’t wilt. In fact, they outscored the Blackhawks in the second half of the game, 23-22.

Ten different girls scored in the game for the Spartans. Sophomore Sam Flandrick and freshman Tori Martell shared the team’s scoring lead with seven points each.

Spartan coach Kendrick Livers said this game showed the younger girls the big difference they’ll see in the physicality of the high school game compared to what they saw in middle school.

“When the refs let (physical play) happen, you have to adjust,” Livers said.

Livers said he liked the way the girls adjusted after Baldwin-Woodville tried to exploit the team’s inexperience in the first quarter.

“These girls have a lot of pride at a young age. We did well in the second half,” he said.

The Spartans continue their MBC schedule this Friday with a home game against Prescott. The Spartans will also be active over the holiday break. They are entered in the Thorp holiday tournament where they will play games on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28.

It wasn’t the youth necessarily, but the difference in physical size, that was the difference in the Spartans’ 58-44 loss at River Falls last Monday.

The Spartans had trouble trying to slow down River Falls 6-1 center Karly Murphy.

“They’ve got a really nice post player,” Livers said. “It was another great learning experience for us.”

The Spartans were able to keep the game close by hitting outside shots and using a scrappy defense to force turnovers. The Spartans had excellent balance on offense, led by Martell with 11 points. Abbie Rivard scored nine points, with Ally Wittstock and McKenzie Erickson each finishing with six points.

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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