SHS girls cool off the Hibbing Bluejackets
The Superior High School girls basketball team cooled off a hot Hibbing Bluejackets squad with a 50-41 victory Tuesday night on the Iron Range.
“It was a great win for us,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “Hibbing had won seven straight games and to go on the road and win there is not easy.”
The loss drops Hibbing to 8-2, while the Spartans, who were coming off a 61-39 loss to Proctor, improved to 4-2.
“We’re extremely happy with how we responded after things not going well for us the last game,” Kontny said. “We kept (Abbey) McDonald under close watch all game and played very well defensively.”
McDonald, who averages 20 points a game, was held to just 12 by a stingy Spartan defense.
Niya Wilson led a balanced Superior attack with 14 points. Maddy Myer added 11 points and Lauren Raboin had nine.
“Our kids really played an overall great game,” Kontny said. “We had very few turnovers and our patience was stellar on offense which allowed us good looks all night.
“I thought our scoring balance is a reflection of our good shot selection and our kids were everywhere again tonight on defense. We really frustrated Hibbing all night. They have a really nice team so this win is big for our confidence.”
Superior plays at New Richmond at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV improved to 5-1 with a 57-18 win over Hibbing’s JV. Zoie Cole and Julie Haller led the Spartans with 23 and 16 points, respectively. Kaleigh Miller also had six points, Izzy Swanson had five; Paige Leinon three; and Abby Dolsen and Brooke Coenen both had two.
Proctor 61, SHS 39
Sam Pogatchnik’s game-high 26 points led the Rails past Superior during Lake Superior Conference Day Saturday in Cloquet.
Pogatchnik’s total included six 3-pointers.
Wilson and Myer scored 14 points apiece to lead the Spartans.
“Loses are always tough but that’s the game,” Kontny said. “Sometimes things go really well and sometimes they don’t.”
Proctor jumped all over Superior and led 35-18 after the first half.
“Proctor shot the lights out in the first half and even when we would make them turn it over five or six times in a row, we just couldn't convert and make a run and we did that to them a couple of times. Give Proctor credit, they have a nice team, they played physical and took advantage of that. Their first-half shooting was contagious, once they started feeling it, everyone started feeling it.”
The Spartans were much better in the second half, although they were still outscored 26-21.
“I was proud of our kids, they did not quit playing,” Kontny said. “I thought we executed offensively better in the second half, but we have a long ways to go. Every possession has to be efficient or all the hard work on defense was for nothing.
SHS 42, Ashland 29
The Spartans completed a season sweep of the Ashland Oredockers Thursday (Dec. 14) in Ashland.
The Spartans also defeated Ashland in their season-opener on Nov. 21.
“It was a good win for us,” Kontny said. “We hadn't played in eight days so I was concerned. We turned the ball over too often, on just miscues, but I liked our defense again.”
On offense the Spartans got scoring from eight players, led by Wilson’s 12 points, which include three 3-point baskets.
Defensively, Superior held the Oredockers to just 10 first-half points.
“We were very active and I’m pleased with how far along our bench play has come in the last couple weeks,” Kontny said. ”When you play as hard as we do on the defensive end, depth is very important. At times offensively we looked very sharp and we executed our offensive plays much better.
“The kids are starting to figure it all out. We changed our lineup two weeks ago to suit our rotations so that was another little set back but we are dialed in now with our team identity. We are starting to gain confidence and I like the direction we’re going. They’re playing for one another and playing extremely hard. I love this group; they have the potential to be a very good team.”
Superior................................... 25 25 — 50
Hibbing.................................... 23 18 — 41
Superior — Chloe Kintop 7, Sophie Kintop 2, Lexi Jensen 7, Niya Wilson 14, Maddy Myer 11, Lauren Raboin 9. Totals 16 16-27 50.
3-point goals — Wilson 2.
Hibbing — Abbey McDonald 12, Macie Pierson 1, Jacie Clusiau 1, Lizzy Tuomi 4, McKenzie Maki 7, Haley Hawkinson 7, Amaiyah Robinson 2, Kourtney Manning 7. Totals 14 9-16 41.
3-point goals — McDonald 3, Manning.
Superior................................... 18 21 — 39
Proctor..................................... 35 26 — 61
Superior — Chloe Kintop 6, Lexi Jensen 3, Niya Wilson 14, Madisen Myer 14, Lauren Raboin 2. FT 9-17.
3-point goals — Wilson 3, Myer 2.
Proctor — Sam Pogatchnic 26, Liz Frase 6, Sam Parendo 5, Morgan Nylund 9, Eve Turner 6, Katelyn Marunich 6, Savannah Lyytinen 3. FT 12-25.
3-point goals — Pogatchnic 6, Parendo, Nylund, Turner.
Superior................................... 22 20 — 42
Ashland.................................... 10 19 — 29
Superior — Chloe Kintop 7, Sophie Kintop 4, Lexi Jensen 2, Niya Wilson 12, Emily Hunter 2, Madisen Myer 7, Lauren Raboin 5, Mady Stariha 3. (Free throws 7-24).
3-point goals — Wilson 3, Stariha.
Ashland — A. Moreland 2, K. McPeak 4, M. Brinker 1, F. O’Connor 2, Z. Pearce 1, C. Perry 6, H. Bucholz 4, M. Wiggins 6, M. Cabe 4. (FT 11-20).
3-point goals — Wiggins 2.