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The Spartan women have continued their season progress by picking up their first conference win. This win on the road against Southeastern CC in Keokuk on Saturday, January 4 snapped a 22 game conference losing streak. A solid defensive effort and good shooting in the first half allowed the Spartans to control the game early on.
Head coach Addae Houston commented, “We moved the ball well in that half and did a good job of finding the gaps in their zone defense for some easy open looks. The lead at the end of the first half was 32-17 behind good shooting and solid defense.”
Southeastern rallied in the second half to keep the game close, led by Blackhawk Brittany Bryan with 13 points on the game. The nearly caught the Spartans with 15 second on the clock, 52-50. Southeastern would foul quickly after scoring and sent Jordan Williamson to the line. Williamson hit two critical free-throws to extend the Spartan lead to four. The Blackhawks attempted a quick three-pointer but missed and Peyton Russell grabbed the rebound to secure the win as time ran out.
The Spartans had a strong start to the visiting DI Iowa Western CC on Saturday, December 14. The Spartans started the game with hot shooting led by Morgan Knorr who had seven early first half points. Their early lead, however, was diminished behind poor transition defense and the Reiver’s Abigail Asoro 16 first half points.
The Spartans headed to the locker room down but with the game still in reach, 22-36. The second half the Spartans struggled to keep pace with their DI opponents, getting outscored 47-21. Darian Polson scored 12 second half points and finished the game with 18 points to lead all scorers. The Reivers took home the victory, 83-43.
Head Coach Addae Houston commented, “I was really proud of the way the team came out focused and playing hard against a really good Iowa Western team. Although we could not pull the game close again, It was really encouraging to see the way the team continued to battle and fight for 40 minutes.”
The Spartans had their first taste of conference play in Estherville on Wednesday, December 11 against the Iowa Lakes CC Lakers. The Spartans struggled to keep up with the Laker offense mainly due to poor rebounding and dropped the road contest 50-76. The Lakers out-rebounded the SPartans 48-22, with 19 of the Laker rebounds coming from their offense.
Head coach Addae Houston said, "The biggest difference in this game was offensive rebounding. We gave up too many second chance opportunities and they were able to convert."
Despite the loss, the team had consistent double figure scoring from Morgan Knorr, Darian Polson, and Jill Vanderhoof. Knorr led all scorers with 13 points along with four steals, Polson added 10 points with two blocks, and Vanderhoof finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Spartans struggled in the first half with turnovers and poor shooting in the first half against the visiting Simpson JV. They headed into the locker room at the half trailing the Storm by three, 27-24. The Spartans continued to struggle in the second half and eventually the game slipped away, 76-62.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We shot the ball well to begin the second half and were able to get a few defensive stops early on that allowed us to take the lead at one point in the game. Unfortunately, our defensive effort got worse as the game went on and we were unable to get enough stops to overcome Simpson and win the game.”