Indians dominate Bulldogs
SPIRIT LAKE — The Spirit Lake girls basketball team, which jumped to seventh to fifth in the recent Class 3A ratings, showed why it is a top 10 team with its defense on Friday.
The Indians held LeMars to six first-half points–just one in the second quarter–on the way to a 25-6 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs did a little better in the second half, but were never able to cut in the lead in the 52-25 Indians victory.
“Our kids continue to grow defensively,” said Spirit Lake assistant coach Joleen Brown. “We hold other teams down and it gives us a chance to win.”
The Indians got contributions from several players to start the game.
Amber Kirschbaum knocked down her first shot followed by a basket by Sammy Spies and a 3-pointer by Mary Brown for a 7-0 lead.
LeMars finally got on the board when freshman Emily Anderson knocked down a 3-pointer, but Spirit Lake scored the next seven points with four by Kaisha Brown and three from Sammy Spies to lead 14-3.
Anderson scored again for the Bulldogs as Spirit Lake led 14-5 after one quarter.
The Indians kept rolling in the second quarter with a fastbreak layup by Caila Jones and a 3-pointer from kaisha Brown.
The Indians also kept getting to the free throw line to push the lead to 25-6.
The visitors played nearly even with Spirit Lake in the third quarter, but Spirit Lake led 35-15 after Kirschbaum rebounded her own miss near the end of the period.
Spirit Lake improves to 10-1 in the Lakes Conference. The Indians take on No. 9 Spencer on Tuesday at Spencer.
Spirit Lake 52, LeMars 26
Spirit Lake (52) – Mary Brown 2 0-0 5; Caila Jones 1 0-0 2; Chelsie Stettnichs 0 0-1 0; Kaisha Brown 4 8-9 18; Regan Sieperda 1 1-3 3; Amber Kirschbaum 10; Sammy Spies 2 4-6 8; Kori Heidebrink 0 0-0 0; Jen Kirschbaum 0 0-0 0; April Harbst 1 0-0 2; Alli Gerking 0 0-0 0; Leah Hilpipre 1 1-2 4; Brianna Brunsvold 0 0-0 0.
Halftime score – Spirit Lake 25, LeMars 6. 3-point goals – 4 (K. Brown 2, M. Brown, Hilpipre). Rebounds – n/a. Assists – n/a; Steals – n/a; Blocked Shots – n/a. Turnovers – n/a. Total Fouls – 16. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – none.