Solon boys improve to 15-0, Eagle girls drop two games
Superior Telegram The Solon Springs boys basketball team improved to 15-0 overall and 11-0 in the Indianhead Conference Friday with a 91-68 victory over Bayfield. "We did a good job of sharing the ball," Eagles coach Dale Rajala said. Solon Sprin...
The Solon Springs boys basketball team improved to 15-0 overall and 11-0 in the Indianhead Conference Friday with a 91-68 victory over Bayfield.
“We did a good job of sharing the ball,” Eagles coach Dale Rajala said.
Solon Springs scored 43 points in the first half and then added 48 more in the second.
Adam Vandenberghe finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Eagles. Jens Gehl had 20 points and six rebounds, Ryan Anderson had 12 points and seven assists, and Zach Rajala had 11 points.
Solon Springs finished 9-of-13 from the free-throw line.
The Eagles host Mercer today. The girls game is at 5:45 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:15 p.m.
The Eagle boys then play Friday at Washburn (14-1, 12-1).
Solon Springs........................... 43 48 - 91
Bayfield................................. 30 38 - 68
The Solon Springs girls basketball team dropped two games last week, losing to Bayfield 73-56 Tuesday and to Luck 64-53 Thursday.
“We are playing with intensity and aggression right now, which is great to see, but we are having a difficult time finishing the game,” SSHS coach Brian Amys said. “Our shooting is slowly improving, but we need to capitalize on opportunities. When we are putting up 60 to 70 shots a game we need to have a decent shooting percentage if we want to win these big games down the stretch here.”
In the Eagles’ game with Bayfield, the Trollers jumped out to a 41-26 halftime lead but were nearly even with Solon Springs in the second half. Bayfield leads the Indianhead Conference with a 13-0 record and a 14-2 record overall.
Phoenix Thomas finished with a double-double for the Eagles, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Morgan Anderson added 12 points and Alyssa Bjerklin had 10.
Lindsey Bresette led the Trollers with 28 points.
“The girls have the heart that every coach wants,” Amys said. “They are determined and do what you ask of them; it’s just putting it all together and playing a complete game. We are finding ourselves in a big hole in the first five minutes of the game and then have to battle the rest of the game to come back and fight.”
In Thursday’s nonconference game at Luck, the Eagles were down by 13 points with about seven minutes to play when they came up with a series of big defensive stops.
Solon Springs also delivered on offense, and Anderson tied the game at the 4:03 mark with a free throw.
Luck finished off the game with a run of its own to claim a nine-point win.
Solon Springs, which played Monday at Washburn, hosts Mercer at 5:45 p.m. today. On Thursday the Eagles host Butternut at 7:15 p.m.