The Superior High School girls basketball team took over first place in the Lake Superior Conference with a 71-46 win at Hermantown Tuesday night.
The Spartans and Hawks entered Tuesday’s game tied for first place in the LSC with 10 points. The win improves Superior to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Hermantown falls to 12-3 and 5-1.
“I’m really proud of the way the girls played together as a team,” said SHS coach Phil Roe. “We’ve come a long way as a team since the start of the season, but we have a lot further we’d like to go.”
Jessica Lindstrom scored 24 points to lead Superior, followed by Hailey Kontny with 20. Sammy DeMeyer added seven points; Abby Clemons had six; Allison Wainianpaa and Dani Magdzas finished with four points each; and Raya Kosey, Natalie Kintop and Kallyn Lagro chipped in with two points apiece.
“Hailey Kontny handled the ball really well and gave Hermantown problems by being aggressive and attacking the lane,” Roe said. He said Magdzas also played a key role for Superior with two quick jumpers to start the game and a pair of blocks on defense.
Kosey and DeMeyer impressed Roe with their tenacity on defense, as the Spartans forced Hermantown to commit 34 turnovers on the night.
The Spartans host Hudson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
SPARTAN SPIN: SHS also won the JV game 49-34 and the freshmen game 31-18. Emily Hansen led the Spartan junior varsity with 15 points. ... Last Thursday’s 67-55 win over Eau Claire North was the first time Superior defeated the Huskies in 17 years (1995 season). ECN improved to 4-0 in the Big Rivers Conference on Saturday with a 47-44 win over Chippewa Falls, which was ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin. … Lindstrom and Kontny scored 50 of Superior’s points against ECN. The Spartans also got six points from DeMeyer; three rebounds and three blocked shots from Magdzas in her first start; four rebounds from Allison Gotelaere; and four points and four rebounds from Wainianpaa. Kontny led the Spartans with five steals.
Superior 71, Hermantown 46
Superior — Jessica Lindstrom 24, Hailey Kontny 20, Abby Clemons 6, Dani Magdzas 6, Samy DeMeyer 5, Allison Wainionpaa 4, Raya Kosey 2, Natalie Kintop 2, Kayllyn Lagro 2.
Totals 28 13-23 71.
3-point goals — Lindstrom, Kontny.
Hermantown — Rachael Hoium 16, Nicole Kucza 7, Carman Bergstedt 7, Melissa Madison 5, Emily Neumann 5, Caitlyn Windus 2, Andrea Ruberg 2, Kessiah Mosier 2. Totals 19 3-5 46.
3-point goals — Hoium 2, Madison, Neumann, Bergstedt.
Thursday’s Late Boxscore
Superior 18 16 15 18 — 67
Eau Claire North 14 13 8 20 — 55
Superior — Raya Kosey 1, Alison Wainionpaa 4, Ally Gotelaere 2, Jessica Lindstrom 27, Kallyn Lagro 2, Dani Magdzas 2, Hailey Kontny 23, Sammy DeMeyer 6. Totals 23 18-25 67.
3-point goals — Lindstrom 2, DeMeyer.
Eau Claire North — Grace Hoenisch 2, Allyson Bourget 7, Taylor Laube 5, Katie Dreger 2, Kayla Hagedorn 11, Kayonna Lee 8, Jessica Schilling 3, Jasmyne Hazelton 17. Totals 21 9-13 55.
3-point goals — Bourget 2, Laube, Hagedorn.