Indians erase early deficit, cruise to win over 'Dogs

Monday, January 11, 2016

After trailing by two points through one quarter of play, the Spirit Lake boys basketball team outscored host Le Mars 58-40 over the next three to defeat the 'Dogs 74-58 in a Lakes Conference road trip on Friday.

Led by a 30-point scoring outburst by Billy Brown, the Indians picked up the 16-point win despite trailing 18-16 after one. The second quarter response was key, as the Indians outscored the Bulldogs 21-8 to head into the half up 37-26. In the third quarter, the scoring was again close, as the Indians added to their lead by one with a 16-15 score before closing the contest with a 21-17 score in the final stanza.

Brown finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double, as the senior dished out 10 assists, picked up eight boards and recorded two steals.

Fellow seniors Ryan Kriener and Jake Heitritter joined Brown in double-digit scoring. Kriener had 19 points, 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Heitritter had 16 points for the Indians.

Sophomore guard Frankie Ramos had seven boards, a steal and a block.

With the win, the Indians improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Lakes Conference.

Girls struggle in loss to Lady 'Dogs

The Spirit Lake girls struggled offensively, shooting just 21 percent from the field, in a 42-34 loss to Le Mars Friday in a Lakes Conference road trip.

The Indians trailed 10-5 after one before fighting back to take a 21-17 lead at the half. The Lady 'Dogs cut the deficit to three with an 8-7 score in the third before taking control with a 17-6 score in the final stanza.

Freshman Anna Brown led the Indians with 12 points on the night. Macy Smith had seven points, nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Bailee Newman had seven points and Joie Veldman had five points, five rebounds and three steals.

With the loss, the Indians dropped to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Lakes Conference.

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