The Spearville Lady Lancers girls basketball team used a 16-4 second quarter to hold the Hodgeman County Lady Longhorns at bay, Tuesday night, winning by  a final score of 54-45.

Both teams came out slow, and ended the first quarter tied at 7-7.

“We just were sped-up overall,” Lancers head coach Andrew Kempke said. “We weren’t playing our game, we weren’t being smart with the ball, we weren’t finishing, so we just kind of got out of sorts that first quarter.”

The girls junior varsity teams only played half a game, and the boys junior varsity didn’t play at all. Illness has ravaged Spearville High School, and in the boys varsity game, only seven players were dressed due to illness.

“It’s just been kind of funky so I think we just were kinda out of it, only having half of a JV girls game before it,” Kempke said.

In the second quarter, the teams exchanged baskets before the Lady Lancers went on a 12-0 run. They ended up outscoring the Lady Longhorns 16-4 in the second, and took a 23-11 lead into halftime.

In the second half, and in the fourth quarter specifically, the Lady Longhorns got hot, and were able to cut into the lead, getting it down to as few as six points in the final frame.

“(In the) second half I thought our defense was pretty solid, they just started making shots,” Kempke said. “If they can shoot like that, if they can continue to shoot like that the rest of the year, they’re gonna be a really tough team because they haven’t really shot it like that this year. If they start shooting like that they’re gonna be really good.”

In the end, Hodgeman County had to foul in order to get quick possession-opportunities in the final minutes, and Spearville made the bulk of their free throws despite some 3-pointers late to cut the lead to only five.

Ultimately, however, their win came down mostly due to that second quarter.

“We’re very capable, especially when we can press teams, we’re really capable of getting out and getting on runs, when we’re doing little things and when we’re focused,” Kempke said. “When we’re not doing little things, when we’re not focused, we don’t do that.”

Shorthanded boys team wins in overtime

Despite having just seven players dressed to play Tuesday night due to illness, the Spearville Royal Lancers boys basketball team beat the Hodgeman County Longhorns 54-49 in overtime Tuesday night.

“I’ve been a head basketball coach for 14 years, and it’s the first time I’ve ever suited up only seven for a ballgame,” Lancers head coach Chris Sohm said. “We were down some kids, they’re down a starter, so our depth on both sides, it kind of equaled out, and we kept talking about (how) we had to be the tougher team.”

Neither team shot the ball well from the free-throw line.

“Really relieved to come out of here with a W over a pretty solid Hodgeman County team,” Sohm said.

Sophomore Carson Rich had nine of the team’s 14 overtime points in the win.

“He’s played a lot of summer basketball for us but not a lot of varsity basketball until this year,” Sohm said. “He’s a kid that’s had some ups and downs this year, but obviously in overtime he stepped it up big-time when we needed it. Hopefully that’ll give him some more confidence as the season goes along to take a little bit more control on offense, (and) just play with a lot more confidence than he was earlier in the season.”

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