Cardinals spoil Spartans' homecoming
The Superior High School girls basketball team played its first home game since Nov. 30 when it hosted the Chippewa Falls Cardinals Tuesday night in the SHS gym.
The Cardinals spoiled the Spartans’ homecoming with a 73-47 victory.
The loss drops Superior to 6-5 on the season, including 1-2 at home. The Spartans opened the season with a 51-34 win over Ashland and a 54-43 loss to Cloquet.
Since then the Spartans were 5-3 on the road with wins over Esko, Ashland, Hibbing, New Richmond and Wisconsin Rapids and losses to Proctor, Madison LaFollette and Hermantown.
Tuesday’s game looked promising for Superior early on as they traded baskets with Chippewa Falls and there were eight lead changes in the opening five minutes.
Back-to-back baskets by Chloe Kintop and Lauren Raboin gave Superior its largest lead of the game, 11-8, but Chippewa Falls tied it up on a Ashley Hanley 3-pointer and then scored eight more points for a 19-11 lead.
Maddy Myer ended Superior’s drought with a basket at 9:45, but the Cardinals followed with a 13-2 run to open up a 32-14 lead.
A 3-pointer and 2-pointer by Kintop got Superior within 32-18, but again the Cardinals answered and eventually took a 39-18 lead.
A 2-pointer by Kintop and 3-pointer by Myer got Superior within 39-24, but the half ended with three Chippewa Falls free throws and a 42-24 halftime score.
Superior got within 44-29 on a Lexi Jensen basket early in the second half, but Chippewa Falls eventually opened up a pair of 27-points leads and then its largest lead of the game, 72-44, on a pair of Madi Adams free throws with 2:14 remaining.
Niya Wilson led Superior with 12 points, which came on four 3-point baskets. Myer added 10 points, Kintop had eight, and Raboin seven.
Caelan Givens had a game-high 19 points for Chippewa Falls. Brystal Roshell was next with 14 points and Ashley Hanley had 10.
The Spartans play at Duluth East at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and at Eau Claire Memorial at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
SPARTAN SPIN: UW-Superior all-time leading scorer Sally Linzmeier is a varsity assistant coach with Chippewa Falls. Linzmeier scored 1,686 points for the Yellowjackets. Former Superior Spartan Hailey Kontny, who is a volunteer assistant coach with the Spartans, moved to No. 10 on the all-time scoring list last week with her 1,000th point. … Superior won the JV game 37-30. Zoie Cole led the Spartans with 17 points.
Chippewa Falls..................... 42 31 — 73
Superior................................... 24 23 — 47
Chippewa Falls — Maria Friedel 4, Alexis Zenner 4, Brooke Rooney 4, Kailee Lien 5, Caelan Givens 19, Ashley Hanley 10, Madi Adams 2, Kaylee Johnson 2, Aaliyah McMillian 9, Brystal Roshell 14. Totals 27 15-23 73.
3-point goals — Givens, Friedel, Hanley 2.
Superior — Chloe Kintop 8, Lexi Jensen 3, Niya Wilson 12, Emily Hunter 2, Kaileigh Miller 4, Maddy Myer 10, Zoie Cole 1, Lauren Raboin 7. Totals 16 8-14 47.
3-point goals — Kintop, Wilson 4, Myer 2.
Chippewa Falls..................... 30
Superior — Zoie Cole 17, Brooke Koenen 5, Kaileigh Miller 5, Abby Dolsen 4, Izzy Swanson 4, Julie Haller 2.