Spartans win 2nd straight LSC titleThe Superior High School girls basketball team won its second straight Lake Superior Conference championship with a 49-40 win
By: Ken Olson, The Daily Telegram
The Superior High School girls basketball team won its second straight Lake Superior Conference championship with a 49-40 win over the Proctor Rails Thursday night in the SHS gym.
Thursday’s win also avenges the Spartans’ only LSC loss of the season, 50-44 at Proctor.
“This is a very good feeling,” SHS coach Dan Schulz said. “This was a game the girls have been looking forward for a long time.
“It’s also nice to win the way we did, with a team effort. We got scoring from six different girls, three in double figures, and we got contributions defensively from eight different girls.”
Laura Amys recorded a triple-double for the Spartans with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
“She was all over the place, that was just a phenomenal effort,” Schulz said.
Also for the Spartans, Taylor Kosey added 11 points, Rachel Samuelson had six points and six rebounds, Bettye Nelson had 10 points and eight rebounds, Kara Hoff had six points and four rebounds and Shannon Lehikoinen had three points.
“We have a lot of girls back (from last year’s team), but this year is more team oriented, more ball control, not so much up and down (the court),” Schulz said. “It’s nice to validate it (last year’s title), and to do it with a different style (of play) is a credit to the kids. They’re completely coachable and great to be around.”
The Spartans have three non-conference games remaining, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial.
“I think Memorial is in first place in the Big Rivers Conference, so it will be a nice test for our girls,” Schulz said.
Superior then hosts Hayward on Monday and Rice Lake next Friday. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans played Thursday night without Brittany Blake, who sat out the game with a leg injury. Filling in at point guard were Hoff and Kosey.
“They did a fabulous job handling the ball and assuming more of a leadership role in the absence of Blake,” Schulz said.
SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS junior varsity got scoring from every player in a 41-23 win. Christa Diedrich and MacKenzie Newman led the way with eight points apiece, Alyssa Schlichting had six points, Abby Gotelaere and Ashlee Knight had four apiece, Janelle Strewler had three and Christine Johnstad, Chelsea Breimon, Andrea O’Flanagan and Mary Beth Amys each had two. ... The sectional seeding meeting is today with Superior expecting to get the fourth or fifth seed. A No. 4 seed would give the Spartans a home game in the regional semifinals. “We think we’re deserving of a four seed, it would be nice to get a home game. ... Superior’s first playoff game is Tuesday, Feb. 26.