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Spartans ice the Eskomos (updated)

The Superior High School girls basketball team used a stingy defense and a huge second-half run to defeat the Esko Eskomos 49-32 on Friday, Dec. 7, in the SHS gym.

Chloe Kintop
Superior High School's Chloe Kinop (2) drives on Esko’s Annika Wold (2) in the second half Friday, Dec. 7, in the SHS gym. Superior won 49-32. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
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The Superior High School girls basketball team used a stingy defense and a huge second-half run to defeat the Esko Eskomos 49-32 on Friday, Dec. 7, in the SHS gym.

The Spartans led 19-16 at the half before outscoring Esko 30-16 in the second half to improve to 3-0 on the season.

“I thought our defense gave them problems,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “Anytime you can keep a team off balance all night, it will eventually take its toll on them and that’s what happened in the second half. Give Esko credit - they are well-coached and they kept us at bay the first half.”

Maddy Myer and Chloe Kintop led the Spartans with 17 and 14 points, respectively.

Kristy Demuth’s team-leading 13 points for Esko, included three 3-pointers.

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One of Demuth’s 3-pointers gave Esko its only lead of the  game 3-0, a minute into the first half.

Another Demuth 3-pointer tied the game 19-19 seconds into the second half, but after that it was all Superior, which eventually put together a 19-4 run that gave the Spartans their largest lead, 49-30, with a minute remaining.

“Offensively, once we started to feel good, you could see it in our kids’ eyes,” Kontny said. “We started to get good looks and everyone started knocking down shots. I thought our patience and our passing was a lot sharper in the second half and that led to some easy baskets.”

After Demuth’s early 3, Superior followed with an 8-0 run that included four points by Myer.

Baskets by Kintop and Myer gave Superior it largest lead of the first half, 12-5.

Esko gradually worked its way back into the game and tied it up 16-16 on 3-pointers by Sydney Hanson and Demuth.

Myer’s basket and free throw gave Superior a 19-16 lead at the intermission.

“We have to learn to make better decisions all game - not just in spurts,” Kontny said. “But we’re getting there and it feels good to get the win.

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“My biggest pleasure was getting some solid play from our bench on both ends of the floor. For us to be really good this year those kids have to play solid for us when we call on them.”

The Spartans play three games this week. They host Proctor at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11; host Ashland on Thursday, Dec. 13; and play Cloquet on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Hermantown.

SPARTAN SPIN: Superior lost the JV game 44-38. Lily Gidley and Julia Roe scored 12 points apiece for the Spartans.

 

Esko 16-16-32
Superior 19-30-49

Esko - Kristy Demuth 13, Kaitlyn Bergerson 6, Brenna Stark 5, Sydney Hanson 3, Sarah Wagemaker 3, Jayden Karppinen 2. Totals 13 2-3 32.

3-point goals - Demuth 3, Hanson.

Superior - Maddy Myer 17, Chloe Kintop 14, Niya Wilson 5, Lauren Raboin 5, Kaileigh Miller 4, Emily Hunter 2, Izzy Swanson 2. Totals 16 16-21 49.

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3-point goals - Myer.

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