The Spearville Lady Lancers basketball team earned themselves a trip to Syracuse, Kansas with a 46-35 win over Johnson-Stanton County Monday night.

They’ll play Sublette on Thursday.

“This time of the year a win is always a win, in whatever fashion it comes,” Lancer head coach Andrew Kempke said. “It’s nice to get it, you hope that when you don’t necessarily feel like you’ve played your best, again you’re still happy to get the win, but it obviously gives you things that you can work forward to.”

After Stanton County took an early 3-0 lead, Spearville tied the game and took the lead with 6:52 left in the first quarter on a pair of free throws.

Over the course of the quarter though, the Lancers and Lady Trojans exchanged the lead four more times before Spearville took the lead at 9-8, a lead-changed that proved to be the last in the game.

The team’s focus wasn’t there the entire game, but rather in spurts, Kempke said.

Kenia Caro led the way for the Trojans with 14 points.

“She played great,” Kempke said. “She shot the ball really well tonight.”

Kempke said his research had found she was averaging only about five points per game.

“She hit some really, really, really  timely shots when it kind of looked like ‘Hey we’re gonna go on a little bit of a run and kind of get that lead out to 12, maybe 14, maybe 16,” Kempke said.

Throughout the night, it looked like Spearville might pull away at various points, but the Trojans kept close, preventing the lead from becoming more than 12 or 14.

“She just kept coming back and hitting some big, big shots for ‘em to kind of keep ‘em in it, keep that run from ever happening; Keep that big 8-0 run, 10-0 run that we could have went on from happening,” Kempke said.

Sophomore Ehlaina Hartman had a game-high 26 points, and freshman Alissa Heskamp had 11 for the Lancers.