Prep basketball report: Spartans hold off Greyhounds, Tigers’ rally falls short

Sophomore guard Leopold stays hot as Superior downs its rival.

Superior’s Savannah Leopold (20) grabs the basketball away from Hermantown’s Emma Herstad (11) in the second half of their game last week in Superior. (File / Superior Telegram)

Sophomore guard Savannah Leopold hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points as Superior held off Duluth East 56-52 in a high school girls basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Duluth East.

Emma Raye added 13 points and Eva Peterson chipped in eight for the Spartans (7-3).

Ashlynn Guenther had 21 points and Regan Juenemann added 11 for the Greyhounds (0-6).

“It was a normal East-Superior battle,” Spartans coach Dave Kontny said. “We came out flat and found ourselves behind but our kids just worked their way back through it to lead by six at the half.

“I thought we controlled the second half and had our chances to put them away but they battled. Coach (Rich) Windt has them playing hard and their losses have been close. Always nice to win on the road and with East being a pretty big rival makes it even nicer. No time to relax as we have Ashland Thursday (Feb. 4) and Eau Claire Memorial on Saturday (Feb. 6).”


Superior 33-23—56
Duluth East 27-25—52
Superior — Kloe Zentkowski 6, Savannah Leopold 27, Eva Peterson 8, Emma Cooper 2, Emma Raye 13. Totals 17 16-22 56.
3-point goals — Leopold 4, Peterson, Raye.
Duluth East — Rylee Stevens 2, Macey DeRosier 8, Ashlynn Guenther 21, Emma Horyza 7, Regan Juenemann 11, Sydney Zwak 2, Kaitlyn Kuklock 5. Totals 19 10-15 52.
3-point goals — DeRosier 2, Juenemann, Kuklock.

Ladysmith 66, Northwestern 53

Sophomore guard Raemalee Smith made five 3-pointers and scored 32 points as Lumberjacks held on for the Heart O’ North Conference victory Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

Kamia Silva added 13 points and added three of the 10 3-pointers for the Lumberjacks (10-8 overall, 10-5 HON).

Northwestern trailed by 12 in the first half before battling back to tie it 49-49. Ladysmith then scored 11 straight to put the game away.

Senior forward Allison Luoma had 15 points to lead the Tigers (12-3, 11-2) and Gabby Risley and Gracie Altman added 10 points apiece. Leading scorer Tieryn Plash was held to nine points as Ladysmith did a good job using a zone defense to contain her.

Northwestern will host Bloomer at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and added a game Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Croix Falls (17-1, 13-1) that will serve as the de facto HON title game.

Northwestern 24-29—53
Ladysmith 30-36—66
Northwestern — Tieryn Plasch 9, Gabby Risley 10, Brynn Erickson 7, Gracie Altman 10, Allison Luoma 15, Kendall Sletten 2. Totals 19 8-10 53.
3-point goals — Risley, Erickson, Altman 2, Luoma 3.
Ladysmith — Brittney Wiles 2, Emerson Clark 6, Raemalee Smith 32, Holly Rands 8, Allison Clark 5, Kamia Silva 13. Totals 20 16-25 66.
3-point goals — Clark 2, Smith 5, Silva 3.

Boys basketball

Solon Springs 68, Bayfield 46

Calin Lisson had 26 points as the host Eagles started fast and rolled past the Trollers Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Indianhead Conference action.

Solon Springs jumped out to a 12-2 lead and led by as many as 20 points in the first half behind Lisson's early 12 points. The Eagles, who led 36-23 at halftime, led by as many as 33 points in the second half.

Isaiah Kastern added 18 points for Solon Springs (2-7) while Daunte Gordon had 16 to lead Bayfield (3-4).


Solon Springs’ next action is 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at South Shore.

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