The Superior High School girls basketball team rebounded from a heartbreaking overtime loss at Hudson on Thursday, Feb. 13, with an 83-48 win over Minneapolis North on Friday, Feb. 14, at home.
In a makeup game from Jan. 18, Hudson rallied to defeat Superior 74-70 in overtime.
The Spartans led by as many as 10 points in the second half and then eventually 64-62 with less than 10 seconds remaining.
A jump ball went to Hudson and with 0.6 seconds on the clock, and Audrey Hatfield made two free throws to send the game into overtime.
The Spartans trailed 72-70 in the final seconds of OT, but missed two free throws and Hudson sealed the victory with another basket.
“It was definitely one of the best high school games I’ve been a part of,” SHS coach Dave Konthy said. “Both teams made big plays one after the other all night long.
“We had our chances to beat one of the top teams in the Big Rivers Conference, but it was just their night.”
Emma Raye led Superior with 22 points. Savannah Leopold was next with 15, and Niya Wilson and Kaileigh Miller both scored 11.
Lauren Stolzman led Hudson (15-5) with 30 points.
“I like where we’re at,” Kontny said. “We’re playing loose and confident and our bench is playing very well. Tough game to lose, but still a great game to learn from.”
The Spartans improved to 11-9 with Friday’s win over the Minneapolis North Polars.
Leopold and Miller both scored 19 points in the win over the Polars. Raye and Julia Roe added 12 points. Leopold’s and Roe’s totals included three 3-pointers apiece.
Alex McNeill led North (14-10) with 24 points.
“We got off to a bit of a sloopy start and I thought that had to do with the emotions of Senior Night, which is to be expected,” Kontny said. “Once we settled in, we started to feel good about ourselves and went on a couple of really nice runs. Our defence was active and our fast breaks were efficient.
“After getting back late Friday night, and a very emotional game, I was glad to see that we responded and played well.”
Superior hosts Duluth Denfeld on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Hayward on Thursday, Feb. 20. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday’s game is youth night with all kids wearing their jerseys getting in free, and Thursday will be teachers appreciation night.
SPARTAN SPIN: SHS seniors honored prior to the game were Abby Dolsen, Wilson, Miller, Izzy Swanson and Brooke Koenen. ... The Spartans are the No. 11 seed for the WIAA tournament and play at No. 6 Marshfield on Feb. 28.
Superior — Emma Raye 22, Savannah Leopold 15, Niya Wilson 11, Kaileigh Miller 10, Izzy Swanson 6, Julia Roe 6. Totals: 17 7-13 70.
3-point goals — Leopold 5, Wilson 2, Roe 2, Raye 2.
Hudson — Grace Lewis 2, Grace O'Brien 3, Sophia Jonas 16, Livi Boily 6, Lauren Stolzman 30, Audrey Hatfield 17. Totals: 28 12-15 74.
3-point goals — Stolzman 4, Sophia Jonas 2.
Minneapolis North — Jasia White 9, Joy Cunningham 2, Andrianna Bynum 2, Alex McNeill 24, Laquita Travis 1, Sadiah Marshall 10. Totals 14 13-16 46.
Superior — Savannah Leopold 19, Kaileigh Miller 19, Julia Roe 9, Abby Dolsen 2, Lily Gidley 3, Natalee Sigfrids 4, Niya Wilson 8, Izzy Swanson 4, Emma Raye 12, Brooke Koenen 3.
Totals 32 10-16 83.
3-point goals — Leopold 3, Roe 3, Raye.