Indians beat LeMars in dogfight
SPIRIT LAKE — There’s no secret to Spirit Lake’s success.
The Indians held their opponent to under 50 points for the sixth straight game and won their seventh straight with a 50-44 win over LeMars.
“Sometimes it’s a little ugly and the game is a little slowed down, but the kids have bought into and we keep winning,” said Spirit Lake coach John Walz.
Neither team started quickly with LeMars leading 6-4 after the first quarter. The game seesawed the rest of the way.
It appeared the Bulldogs had the momentum with a 3-pointer by Nate Miller at the buzzer of third quarter to take a 34-32 lead and Lemars’ Taylor Oetken hitting the first shot of the fourth quarter for a four-point lead.
However, the Indians never panicked and retook the lead for a good on a free throw by Mason Bergquist. Tyler Solsma then knocked down his second 3-pointer of the night to give the Indians a four-point edge. Scott maudlin knocked down two free throws to push the lead to six.
LeMars had one more rally as a 3-pointer cut the lead to two, 46-44 with about 40 seconds remaining, but the Bulldogs couldn’t score again. Meanwhile, Solsma, Maudlin and Andy Pringnitz all hit free throws to preserve the win.
“It was a dogfight,” said Walz,whose team takes sole possession of third place in the Lakes Conference with a 7-3 record.
The scoring opened up in the second quarter, with Maudlin and Dustin Lowe each hitting baskets in the first minute to double the Indians score and give them an 8-6 lead.
LeMars retook the lead on a a 3-pointer by Tyler Westphal at 12-11 with 3:38 remaining.
The lead continued to change hands until a 3-pointer by Maudlin gave Spirit Lake an 18-17 lead. Boomer Dreeszen hit two free throws before the half as Spirit Lake led 20-17.
The Indians pushed their advantage to five points in the third quarter at 28-23, when they suddenly went cold. LeMars went on an 8-0 run to retake the lead before Spirit Lake answered with baskets by Pringnitz and Maudlin.
Maudlin ended the game with 14 points while Bergquist had 13. Pringnitz finished with nine points, all in the second half, while Solma and Dreeszen each had six points and Lowe had two.
Spirit Lake (11-3) is at Spencer on Tuesday.