Indians erase early deficit, cruise to win over 'Dogs
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.