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The seeding meetings for the 2014 basketball playoffs are still months away, but the Superior High School girls basketball team is in good position to grab the No. 1 seed for the second straight year.

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Of the seven teams in Superior’s half of the sectional bracket, the Spartans have already played four —and they’ve come away with four victories.

 “It’s huge for seeding,” said Phil Roe, head coach of the Spartan girls. “Now we have four big wins for seeding purposes.”

Superior improved its chances for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a pair of victories in last week’s Big Rivers Conference-Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge. The Spartans defeated D.C. Everest 69-46 and Wausau West 76-71.

 “We want to get the No. 1 seed like last year so we can secure two home games,” Roe said. “We know how huge that is, because otherwise you’ve got to travel on the road and go to Wausau for four hours on a bus. We want those schools to come back up here, and we have three more seeding games to go.”

Hudson is the next sectional opponent in line to face Superior. The Spartans travel to Hudson today for a 7:30

The seeding meetings for the 2014 basketball playoffs are still months away, but the Superior High School girls basketball team is in good position to grab the No. 1 seed for the second straight year.

Of the seven teams in Superior’s half of the sectional bracket, the Spartans have already played four —and they’ve come away with four victories.

“It’s huge for seeding,” said Phil Roe, head coach of the Spartan girls. “Now we have four big wins for seeding purposes.”

Superior improved its chances for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a pair of victories in last week’s Big Rivers Conference-Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge. The Spartans defeated D.C. Everest 69-46 and Wausau West 76-71.

“We want to get the No. 1 seed like last year so we can secure two home games,” Roe said. “We know how huge that is, because otherwise you’ve got to travel on the road and go to Wausau for four hours on a bus. We want those schools to come back up here, and we have three more seeding games to go.”

Hudson is the next sectional opponent in line to face Superior. The Spartans travel to Hudson today for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Spartans play their final two sectional opponents, Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial, on Jan. 18 and Jan. 24, respectively. Both games are on the road, and Superior expects a challenge.

“I think teams always are gunning for us,” said senior Jessica Lindstrom. “But we like playing with that pressure. We like playing teams that want to beat us.”

Lindstrom and fellow senior Hailey Kontny lead the Spartans in scoring, both averaging about 21 points per game. Junior Alyssa Correll is putting up 16 points per game, and sophomore Mackenzie Kmecik is averaging five points per game after getting her first varsity starts in last week’s holiday classic.

“She is such a good person. She’s so light-hearted when she’s out there and she wants to win,” Lindstrom said. “It’s refreshing playing with people like that.

“She’s a really good player, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her.”

The Hudson Raiders enter today’s game with a 3-2 record.

Hudson opened the season with a 60-30 loss to D.C. Everest and then fell to Baldwin-Woodville before winning its last three games.

The Raiders have a young team this year, led by 6-foot center Kaylyn Jenkins, a sophomore. Jenkins is averaging nearly 12 points per game this year for Hudson. Freshman guard Lexi Jonas had a breakout game Saturday with six 3-pointers against Stillwater (Minn.)

Superior, 6-1 overall, has not lost since falling at Chisago Lakes (Minn.) in overtime on Dec. 17. Today’s game will be the Spartans’ first on the road since that loss.

“We hate losing,” Lindstrom said. “But in a way I think it was good because we had the feeling that we don’t like, the feeling of losing. That’s something that we’re going to strive to not feel again.”

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The Spartans play their final two sectional opponents, Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial, on Jan. 18 and Jan. 24, respectively. Both games are on the road, and Superior expects a challenge.

“I think teams always are gunning for us,” said senior Jessica Lindstrom. “But we like playing with that pressure. We like playing teams that want to beat us.”

Lindstrom and fellow senior Hailey Kontny lead the Spartans in scoring, both averaging about 21 points per game. Junior Alyssa Correll is putting up 16 points per game, and sophomore Mackenzie Kmecik is averaging five points per game after getting her first varsity starts in last week’s holiday classic.

“She is such a good person. She’s so light-hearted when she’s out there and she wants to win,” Lindstrom said. “It’s refreshing playing with people like that.

“She’s a really good player, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her.”

The Hudson Raiders enter today’s game with a 3-2 record.

Hudson opened the season with a 60-30 loss to D.C. Everest and then fell to Baldwin-Woodville before winning its last three games.

The Raiders have a young team this year, led by 6-foot center Kaylyn Jenkins, a sophomore. Jenkins is averaging nearly 12 points per game this year for Hudson. Freshman guard Lexi Jonas had a breakout game Saturday with six 3-pointers against Stillwater (Minn.)

Superior, 6-1 overall, has not lost since falling at Chisago Lakes (Minn.) in overtime on Dec. 17. Today’s game will be the Spartans’ first on the road since that loss.

“We hate losing,” Lindstrom said. “But in a way I think it was good because we had the feeling that we don’t like, the feeling of losing. That’s something that we’re going to strive to not feel again.”

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