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Spartan girls stop Toppers

The Superior High School girls basketball team took another step toward a Lake Superior Conference championship with a 70-38 win over Duluth Marshall Tuesday night at the SHS gym.

The Superior High School girls basketball team took another step toward a Lake Superior Conference championship with a 70-38 win over Duluth Marshall Tuesday night at the SHS gym.

The Spartans (10-5) are in first place in the LSC with an 8-1 record and 22 points.

With a win over Duluth Denfeld at home on Thursday, Superior will clinch at least a share of the LSC title.

Proctor is currently second in the LSC with 18 points and Hermantown is next with 12. Proctor and Hermantown still have to play each other and Superior hosts Proctor on Feb. 14.

Despite Denfeld's records of 2-18 overall and 0-9 in the LSC, SHS coach Danny Schulz guaranteed the Spartans won't be looking past the Hunters.

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"Not at all," Schulz said. "We were tied 22-22 at the half the last time we played them, we saw them lose by six to Proctor on Monday night and they also lost a close game to Cloquet right before that. So they're playing better basketball and they always give us a tough time.

"Over confidence will not be an issue at all. The girls are ready, they have a lot play to for and they're pretty determined."

Despite the lopsided final score Tuesday night, the Spartans struggled a bit early. The game was tied at 2-2 and 4-4 and Superior actually trailed 8-4 seven minutes into the game.

But Superior responded with nine straight points, including four by Laura Amys, two by Shannon Lehikoinen and a 3-pointer by Kara Hoff to take a 13-8 lead.

Superior followed that up with a 17-4 run for a 30-12 lead with 1:42 left in the first half.

Marshall ended the half with baskets by Stephanie Carlson and Maggie Lane to get within 30-16 at the intermission.

"We gave up a few easy baskets when we were pressing," Schulz said. "We didn't do as good of a job on our press as we should have and we didn't get back a couple of times. That's what led to the early disadvantage.

"But then we fell back a bit, went a little softer on the press and got back into our normal man-to-man (defense). The big thing then was that we limited them to just one shot and got into our transition offense."

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Superior continued to dominate in the second half, starting with a 19-2 run for a 49-18 lead with 11 minutes remaining.

Marshall cut the lead to 25 points (50-25) with 8:33 on the clock, but back-to-back baskets by Bettye Nelson gave the Spartans their largest lead of the game, 67-35.

"Defense is the key every night and we did a good job on that end of the court," Amys said. "We also wanted to work the ball and did a good job of passing the ball around. It was also nice to see a lot of the younger girls get playing time."

Amys led Superior with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Lehikoinen added 13 points and two steals, Taylor Kosey had 10 points and two steals, Britnee Blake had six points and three steals and Rachel Samuelson grabbed six rebounds.

Off the bench, Hoff had eight points, Danielle Berger had seven points, one steal and one blocked shot, Abby Gotelaere had six points and four rebounds and Christa Diedrich had two points and six rebounds.

Maggie Lane had nine points and Elle Jessico eight for Marshall.

SPARTAN SPIN: Thursday night's game with Denfeld begins at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ifan.tv. ... Superior's JV team also won Tuesday, 40-17. Nelson had 12 points, Diedrich seven and MacKenzie Newman five.

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