Spartans earn 4th consecutive victory

Towards the end of the third quarter, Spartan Freshman Taryn Petersen launched a 3-pointer putting her team up 12 points en route to a 58-41 victory, the Spartans fourth win in a row after dropping their season opener to Woodbine.

"She [Taryn] does okay, but she needs to handle the ball better," said Spartan Head Coach Tom Petersen. "She's a freshman, but the handling of the ball, the decision making, there is a lot that goes through your mind at the point guard position. The other thing is you need to make free throws. She struggled a little bit there. But I think she's going to have to create opportunities for us to be successful for the other kids, and she did that."

The game opened with a back-and-forth affair starting with the first shot from Wolves Sophomore Anna Stangl, followed by the first Spartan bucket from Sophomore Jaelynn Petersen. Following a free throw from Spartans Freshman Riley Miller, Petersen called a timeout with the Spartans up 5-4.

When play resumed, Spartans Junior Harlee Fahn was fouled twice, making three of four shot attempts giving her team an 8-7 lead. Stangl answered back for the Wolves putting them on top 9-8 until Taryn Petersen made two free throws, followed by a 3-pointer. The Spartans took a 14-13 lead into the second quarter.

Wolves Sophomore Oriah Meiners opened the second quarter with back-to-back shots giving the Wolves a 17-14 lead. Fahn cut the lead to one when she was fouled, making both free throws, followed by back-to-back buckets from Taryn Petersen putting the Spartans back up by one.

With halftime approaching, and less than 10 seconds to go, the Spartans and Wolves were locked in tie at 21 points apiece before Taryn Petersen made a layup, giving the Spartans a 2-point lead heading into the locker room.

"We just needed to come out strong in the third quarter and don't get down on ourselves," Fahn said.

Wolves Junior Taylor Beckendorf tied the game immediately into the third quarter with each team at 23 points. Fahn retook the lead for the Spartans, but the Wolves had an opportunity to go ahead when Stangl was sent to the line for three free throw attempts, but she only made one with her team still trailing by one.

Fahn made a shot later on in the quarter putting her team up 30-24, forcing a timeout from Wolves head coach Gene Rasmussen. When play resumed, Stangl made a shot, but after that the Spartans took command, closing out the quarter on a 7-0 run.

The Wolves proved they were not going down without a fight opening the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run with shots from Junior Laynie Gawley, Stangl, and Abby Neilheisel, cutting the Spartans lead to eight.

But the Spartans got back on track with a shot from Jaelynn Petersen, followed by free throws from Taryn Petersen, and a clutch 3-pointer from Freshman Riley Miller extending the Spartans lead to 51-37.

Fahn added another basket, along with Taryn Petersen who was fouled on a made shot, adding the extra point, but the Spartans cruised to victory and handed the Wolves their sixth consecutive loss.

"This game and yesterday's game was pretty good," Fahn said. "It all starts on defense, and getting rebounds really helps."

The Spartans return home Tuesday at 6 p.m. to take on the undefeated 5-0 Coon Rapids-Bayard Crusaders. The Crusaders are led by Breeley Clayburg with 74, averaging 14.8 per game, and 28 rebounds, along with Anna Hart with 27 assists.

"It's going to be tough," said Tom Petersen. "They're solid all the way around. They have a great zone defense. It'll be a huge challenge for our girls and we know that, so that's what it's about, and we'll see what happens."



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