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Spartan hoop team snaps 11-game skid

Superior’s Carter Anderson (13) drives towards Amery’s Cole Monson (11) in the third quarter of the Spartans win in Superior on Friday night. Anderson paced the Spartans with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. (Jed Carlson/

The Superior High School boys basketball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 54-43 win over the Amery Warriors Friday night in the SHS gym.

Superior’s last win was over Duluth Marshall on Dec. 19.

Carter Anderson led the Spartans (4-12) with a game-high 26 points, which included five 3-point baskets.

Two of Anderson’s 3-pointers, along with two free throws, came in the final minute of the second quarter and helped turn a one-point lead into a 31-23 advantage for Superior at halftime.

Amery outscored Superior 13-8 in the third quarter, then tied the game for the first time at 39-39 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.

The game was tied again at 41-41 with 5:06 remaining, but the Spartans regained a 45-41 lead on back-to-back baskets by Nate Sanders.

A three-point play and then two free throws by Anderson allowed Superior to open up a 50-41 lead.

The rest of game was played at the free-throw line.

Amery (3-9) was led by Mike Elbing’s 13 points.

The Spartans play at Duluth East at 7:45 p.m. today, host Grand Rapids Thursday and Eau Claire North Saturday. The home games begin at 7:15 p.m.

SPARTAN SPIN: Superior was 14-of-15 from the free-throw line and Amery was 11-of-14. … Honored on Senior Night for the Spartans were Anderson, Jon Lindberg, Matthew O’Shaughnessy and Will Stream. Also honored were seniors on the dance and cheerleading teams. … Brandon Myer’s basket with 10 seconds remaining gave the SHS junior varsity a 50-49 victory. Myer finished with 15 points. Shaun Petrovich added 10 points.

SHS boys come up short

Superior’s losing streak reached 11 games with a 49-40 loss Thursday night at Menomonie.

The Spartans led 17-11 after the first quarter, but then were outscored 9-2 in the second quarter and trailed 20-19 at the half.

The Mustangs took a one-point lead after three quarters, then outscored the Spartans 15-8 in the fourth quarter.

Jake Libal led Superior with a game-high 16 points, nine of which came on a trio of 3-pointers. Hayden Swartz led Menomonie with 12 points.

Amery.......... 12-11-13-7—43

Superior...... 16-15-8-15—54

Amery — Mike Elbing 13, John Marquand 3, Cole Morison 5, Jordan Luehman 8, Colin Bursik 4, Seth Luer 4, Alex Riley 6. Totals 13 11-14 43

3-point goals — Elbing 3, Luehman 2, Marquand.

Superior — Jake Libal 4, Carter Anderson 26, Brett Lozon 2, Jon Lindberg 2, Nate Sanders 6, Matt O’Shaughnessy 3, Will Stream 4, Jeb Kimmes 5, Connor Gray 2. Totals 17 14-15 54.

3-point goals — Anderson 5, Kimmes.

Superior........ 17-2-13-8—40

Menomonie. 11-9-14-15—49

Superior — Jake Libal 16, John Curphy 2, Carter Anderson 8, Nate Sanders 5, Matt O’Shaughnessy 3, Connor Gray 6. Totals 15 4-6 40.

3-point goals — Libel 3, Anderson 2, O’Shaughenssy.

Menomonie — Colton Tarter 2, Luke Stanley 4, Mitch Stai 9, Rich Stewart 4, Nate Stanley 10, Jack Stelter 8, Hayden Swartz 12. Totals 20 6-8 49.

3-point goals — Stai, Stanley 2.