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SHS falls at home to ECM

The Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes turned in its best offensive performance of the season in a 74-47 win over the Superior High School girls basketball team Monday night in the SHS gym.

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Superior's MaryLynne Leadstrom (30) puts up a shot during a game earlier this season. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes turned in its best offensive performance of the season in a 74-47 win over the Superior High School girls basketball team Monday night in the SHS gym.

The Old Abes (6-1) dominated inside and out as Charlotte Dial scored 13 points, mostly from in the paint, and Kameron Gorres scored 13 points, which included a pair of 3-pointers.
Heather Grabow also came off the bench to add 10 points and Ali Gruhlke chipped in with nine points on three 3-pointers.
Overall, the Old Abes were 7-for-7 on 3-point shots.
The Spartans, who fall to 3-4 with their third straight loss, were led by senior MaryLynne Leadstrom’s 16 points. Leading scorer Alyssa Correll, also a senior, was next with 15 points, despite being held to just two points in the first half.
“You have to give Memorial credit, they were one of the best teams I have ever seen defending screens and playing Tony Bennett’s pack line defense,” SHS coach Phil Roe said. “I have also never seen a team make 100 percent of their 3-pointers in a game, and many of those shots were contested.
“That being said, we need to work harder and get better from week to week to compete with this team if we face them in playoffs.”
Superior missed a handful of shots early and trailed 4-0 until Malley O’Brien came up with a steal and then nailed a 3-pointer.
Mackenzie Kmecik’s basket with 3:50 remaining got Superior within 8-5, but ECM went on a 9-0 run for a 17-5 lead.
Two free throws by Leadstrom completed the scoring in the first quarter with the Abes leading 17-7.
Baskets by Leadstrom and Tailor Schuster got Superior within 17-11 seconds into the second quarter.
The Olds Abes answered with a 3-pointer by Gruhlke and Correll made her first basket of the game with 5:20 left in the second quarter to get Superior within 20-13.
ECM finished the quarter with an 11-3 run for a 31-16 halftime lead.
The lead made it to 39-18 when Correll found her range and scored 10 of Superior’s next 12 points to bring the Spartans within 43-30.
ECM outscored Superior 9-5 the rest of the quarter to take a 52-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
Superior was outscored 22-12 in the fourth quarter and the closest it managed to get was 18 points.
“When you play a team like Memorial you can see your weaknesses pretty quick,” Roe said. “We know what those are and we will reflect and correct them and get better each week.”
Up next for Superior is the Big Rivers Conference-Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge in Wisconsin Rapids. The Spartans will play D.C. Everest at 5 p.m. Monday and Wausau West at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
SPARTAN SPIN: ECM’s only blemish is a 36-35 loss to Chippewa Falls last Friday. Superior lost at Chippewa Falls 67-39 on Dec. 16.

Eau Claire Mem. 17 14 21 22 - 74
Superior 7 9 19 12 - 47
ECM – Morgan Gthesing-Riter 2; Ali Gruhlke 9; Charlotte Dial 13; Molly Wampler 7; Heather Grabow 10; Kaci Gorres 3; Kameron Gorres 13; Anna Graaskamp 17. Totals: 30 7-9 74.
3-point goals – Gruhlke 3; Kamerin Gorres 2; Kaci Gorres; Molly Wampler.
SHS – Mackenzie Kmecik 6; Malley O’Brien, 4; Ellie Leadstrom, 2; Alyssa Correll 15; MaryLynne Leadstrom 16; Tailor Schuster 4. Totals: 19 6-8 47.
3-point goals – Correll 2; O’Brien.

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