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Madelyn Neff’s 18 points led the Hayward Hurricanes to a 47-34 win over the Superior High School girls basketball team Tuesday night in the SHS gym.
The Hurricanes, 19-2 on the season and the No. 1 seed in upcoming WIAA Division 3 playoffs, also got nine points apiece from Ellie Strapon and Emily Neff.
Chloe Kintop and Niya Wilson led the Spartans with eight points apiece.
Superior quickly found itself trailing 10-2 thanks in part to 3-pointers by Trinity Myer and Strapon.
The Hurricanes eventually led by nine points three different times and then by 10 points (22-12) on two free throws by Myer and a basket by M. Neff.
A basket by Sophie Kintop and two free throws by C. Kintop got the Spartans within 23-16 at the half.
Hayward opened up a 28-19 lead four minutes into the second half before 3-pointers by Wilson and Maddy Myer got the Spartans within 30-25 with 11:40 remaining.
That would be the closest the Spartans would get as Hayward scored the next four points and then eventually took a pair of 13-point leads, including the final score of 47-34, on a Strapon basket with just over a minute remaining.
Superior (9-12) wraps up the regular season by hosting Duluth Denfeld at 7:15 p.m. Monday.
The Spartans are the No. 12 seed in the Division 1 sectional and play at No. 5 Appleton East on Friday, Feb. 23.
SPARTAN SPIN: Hayward will host either Barron or Somerset in their playoff opener on Friday, Feb. 23. … Hayward was only 5-of-15 from the free-throw line, compared to 10-of-12 for Superior. … Superior’s Maddy Myer and Hayward’s Trinity Myer are cousins. … Superior won the JV game39-33. Zoie Cole led the Spartans with 14 points, which included three 3-pointers.
Hayward 23 24 -- 47
Superior 16 18 -- 34
Hayward -- Hailey Miller 2, Anna Stark 2, Trinity Myer 5, Ellie Strapon 9, Madelyn Neff 18, Emily Neff 9, Rachel Halberg 2. Totals: 14 5-15 33.
3-point goals -- Strapon 2, Myer, M. Neff.
Superior -- Chloe Kintop 8, Sophie Kintop 6, Lexi Jensen 4, Niya Wilson 8, Maddy Myer 5, Zoie Cole 2, Lauren Raboin 1. Totals: 11 10-12 34.
3-point goals -- Wilson, Myer.
Hayward 14 19 -- 33
Superior 16 23 -- 39
Hayward -- Emily Paffel 5, Holly Miller 9, Emma Roehl 2, Olivia Cummings 10, Kalista Cadotte 7. Totals: 14 5-15 33.
Superior -- Abby Dolsen 2, Zoie Cole 14, Briley Izzard 4, Julie Haller 8, Kaileigh Miller 8, Paige Leinon 3. Totals: 14 6-9 39
3-point goals -- Cole 3, Haller, Leinon.