Lady Spartans overcome offensive contentions to win on the road, 34-32

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REPUBLIC, Wash. - The Spartan girls pulled out a 34-32 win here despite an inconsistent offensive performance, said head coach Christina Leonard. The two teams were evenly matched and sluggish early, she said, but the Spartans ramped up their scoring with a fantastic 16-point second quarter. “They came alive with the new offense,” Leonard said. After adding to their lead early in the third quarter, Leonard said the play callers reverted to old plays and the team stalled. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, as Republic stormed back into contention with a 15-point fourth quarter. However, Leonard said that players went back to the new offensive scheme at the end of the game and the Spartans left with a win.

“My younger players like the new offense better. They have not been trained in the old system.” She added, “The girls want to play in their comfort zone of the old system and it has been a struggle to get them to implement our new offense,” she explained.

Karah Fink had 12 points, five rebounds and six steals. Liann Kren scored 12 points, Jasmine Martin notched three steals, Makia Fitzmorris scored four points, Chelsea Brown grabbed six rebounds and scored two, Adrie Minish made three rebounds, and Shayla Martinez scored four points. The team had a total of 15 steals and 12 rebounds for the night, said Leonard.

Against Kellogg Jan. 18, the Lady Spartans lost 71-17. Fink was out with an injury, and Brown was injured during the contest, said Leonard. Kren fouled out after scoring two points. Martin and Martinez led with five points each, Fitzmorris added two, Rusho scored one, and Minish logged three points.

Leonard said the Wildcats pressed the Spartans during the entire game.

“We had 18 rebounds last night, which is a major improvement. The girls played hard and put up a lot of shots, but they didn’t go in. We have to get better at putting the ball in the basket,” she said.

PR 4 16 8 6 - 34

Rep 6 5 6 15 - 32

Priest River

Fink 12, Kren 12, Martin 0, Fitzmorris 4, Brown 2, Minish 0, Rusho 0, Martinez 4.

Republic

C.Rittel 13, Hutton 2, K.Rittel 8, Merritt 7, Phillips 2.

PR 2 5 6 4 - 17

Kel 12 27 17 15 - 71

Priest River

Kren 2, Martin 5, Fitzmorris 2, C.Brown 0, Rusho 1, Minish 3, Martinez 5.

Kellogg

Brandt 6, Bristow 0, Cates 12, Figueroa 5, Nusz 0, Ravenhorst 15, Riekena 18, Ross 0, Senteny 7, Sheppard 0, Vanhoose 0.

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