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SPARTAN ROUND-UP: Girls hoop team falls to Rice Lake

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Superior High School’s Niya Wilson (13) drives on Rice Lake’s Paityn Tiefs (30) in the first half of the Spartans’ loss to the Warriors Friday night in the SHS gym.(Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)2 / 3
Superior High School goaltender Emma Fornengo makes one of her 43 saves in Saturday's game against Eau Claire Area at the Superior Ice Arena. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiorteleram.com) 3 / 3

The Rice Lake girls basketball team improved to 13-2 on the season with a hard-fought 39-33 win over the Superior High School Spartans Friday night in the SHS gym.

Rice Lake won both halves by three points, including 16-13 in the first half.

“What a great high school game,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “We had our chances — if a couple more shots fall we win.

“I like the way we are putting ourselves in position to win games. That was a very good team we played and we gave them problems all night long. I like how we handled what they threw at us.”

Brooke Olson and Paityn Teifs led Rice Lake (13-2) with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Madisen Myer and Lexi Jensen led Superior with 11 and 10 points.

“We’re maturing as a unit and it’s fun to watch,” Kontny said. “What impresses me the most about this team is its unselfishness and its work ethic. We never take any plays off anymore and they love having a chance to win every night.

“We’re not a very big team but our interior people, as well as our guards, are really battling in the paint every night now. I like where we’re at, we’re improving daily and game by game.”

The Spartans (7-7), who lost at Duluth Marshall 44-30 Monday night, host Eau Claire North at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV improved to 10-3 with a 54-32 win. Superior JV scoring — Zoie Cole 14, Kaileigh Miller 12, Paige Leinon 9, Julie Haller 6, Izzy Swanson 6, Brooke Koenen 3, Briley Izzard 2, Jessica Kimmes 2. … The SHS freshmen also won 38-28.

Rice Lake 16 23 — 39

Superior 13 20 — 33

Rice Lake — Katelyn Baribeau 4, Emma Fitzgerald 2, Calli McCullough 2, Lexi Orr 2, Paityn Tiefs 11, Brooke Olson 16, Sam Soley 2. Totals 12 11-13 39.

3-point goals — Tiefs 2.

Superior — Chloe Kintop 2, Lexi Jensen 10, Niya Wilson 5, Madisen Myer 11, Lauren Raboin 5. Totals 14 2-6 33.

3-point goals — Wilson, Myer 2.

Girls hockey

The Spartans lost to the Eau Claire Area Stars 11-0 at the Superior Ice Arena Saturday afternoon.

Naomi Stow had 21 saves for ECA (17-1) and Emma Fornengo stopped 43 shots for Superior (5-12).

The Spartans host Duluth tonight and play at Duluth Marshall Thursday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Gymnastics

The Spartans had a busy week with a dual meet at Eau Claire Thursday night then participating in the 42nd annual Rice Lake Invitational on Saturday.

Superior turned in its highest team score of the season Saturday with a mark of 113.425, which was good for ninth place in the 10-team event.

In their loss at Eau Claire, the Spartans finished with a score of 112.575 and had a number of personal records set, including:

  • Adrianne Krueger on floor with a score of 7.25.
  • Alyssa Nelson — scores of 7.0 on beam and 7.224 on floor.
  • Faith Lach — scores of 7.7 on vault and 5.35 on beam.
  • Novalee Flores — score of 4.65 on bars.
  • Payton Rusk — score of 7.2 on floor.
  •  Reese Deyo — scores of 8.725 on beam, 7.775 on floor, and 32.6 all around.

Superior hosts Chippewa Falls at 6:30 p.m. today.

Superior at Eau Claire

Thursday, Jan. 18

Vault Bars Beam Floor AA

Adrianne Krueger 8.05 5.92 5.45 7.25 26.67

Alaina Lamoreaux x 4.6 x x x

Alyssa Nelson 7.65 4.65 7.0 7.22 26.52

Faith Lach 7.3 2.0 5.35 x x

Megan Hansen 6.6 3.45 4.9 5.5 20.45

Novalee Flores 7.7 4.65 x x x

Payton Rusk 7.5 6.22 5.85 7.2 26.77

Reese Deyo 8.0 8.1 8.72 7.77 32.6

Taylee Anderson 7.8 5.75 4.62 6.42 24.42

Rice Lake Invitational

Adrianne Krueger 8.3 5.52 X 5.8 x

Alyssa Nelson 8.0 5.25 7.35 7.7 28.67

Faith Lach x x 4.95 x x

Megan Hansen x x x 6.025 x

Novalee Flores 7.85 x x x x

Payton Rusk 7.9 6.2 5.2 x x

Reese Deyo 8.5 7.42 8.45 7.72 32.1

Taylee Anderson x 5.92 5.72 7.37 x

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