Third time’s the charm for Tigers
SPENCER — With a one-point halftime lead, No. 4 Spirit Lake appeared right where it needed to be to defeat Spencer a third time.
However, the Tigers came out in the second half and out-scored their rivals 26-15 for a 50-40 victory.
“We had a bad streak where we threw the ball away and rushed our shots,” said Spirit Lake coach Rick Reinking. “Also in the two wins (this season), we won the battle at the free throw line. This time we didn’t.”
The Indians shot well when they went to the foul line, making 87.5 percent, but only went to the line eight times.
“In the nine games I watched Spencer, they were in foul trouble and that was the key to the game,” he said.
Also, the Tigers’ defense keyed on Kaisha Brown, who ended with just 10 points.
“Defensively, they changed up what they’d done against her before,” said Reinking.
Amber Kirschbaum had an 18-point effort to lead the Indians.
Reinking pointed to Chelsie Stettnichs as playing as well as any as she had a seven-point night.
Three seniors end their career with the Indians. Kaisha Brown ends her career with 16 individual records for a game, season and career, according to Reinking. Other seniors are Jen Kirschbaum and April Harbst.
“They were a fantastic group to coach,” said Reinking. “Kaisha will leave a big void to fill. Jenny had opportunities to play and contribute, and she was our vocal leader. April didn’t have a lot of playing time, but stuck with it for four years and was tremendous to have in practice.”
The Indians end the season with a 20-3 record.
No. 13 Spencer 50, No. 4 Spirit Lake 40
Spirit Lake (40) – Mary Brown 1 0-0 3; Chelsie Stettnichs 2 2-2 7; Kaisha Brown 4 0-0 10; Regan Sieperda 1 0-0 2; Amber Kirschbaum 6 5-6 18; Sammy Spies 0 0-0 0; Jen Kirschbaum 0 0-0 0; Caila Jones 0 0-0 0
Halftime score – Spirit Lake 25, Spencer 24. 3-point goals – 5 (K. Brown 2, M. Brown, Kirschbaum, Stettnichs). Rebounds – 19 (K. Brown 9). Assists – 9 (K. Brown 5); Steals – 2 (A. Kirschbaum, M. Brown); Blocked Shots – 1 (A. Kirschbaum). Turnovers – 12. Total Fouls – 18. Fouled Out – M. Brown. Technical Fouls – none.