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Girls Basketball: Spencer battles for 40-37 win over Unity

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Spencer's Taylor Anderson battles Unity Christian's Kassidy De Jong and Jill Schouten for a rebound on Friday, Nov. 30 in Orange City. Anderson didn't get the rebound but the Tigers came back from a early deficit to beat the Knights, 40-37.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
Spencer battled through a slow start and a game-ending injury to a starter to get a 40-37 win over Unity Christian Friday night in Orange City. The Lady Tigers got strong defensive play and rebounding and were able to slowly chip away at Unity before eventually pulling ahead for good in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-1 on the season.

"We played outstanding defensively. It was definitely a team effort," Spencer coach Don Martindale said. "We just hung in there and kept playing hard."

Unity jumped out to an 11-2 lead to start the game, which saw Spencer starting point guard Kelsey Rolfes leave the game with a knee injury and not return. Spencer trailed 11-7 after one quarter but had tied the game midway through the second quarter at 15-all. Spencer would go on to out-score Unity in each of the final three quarters.

Spencer was led by Kirstin Martindale's 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Heather Williamson had seven points and eight boards. And for Martindale, the biggest thing was keeping both girls out of foul trouble. Unity was the team in foul trouble and Spencer shot 21 free throws to Unity's six.

"We've been working on staying out of foul trouble a lot because that's been one of our bugaboos. It says a lot about our post players playing good defense and going straight up," Martindale said.

Alexa Allen and Taylor Glover each had six points, and a combined 13 free throw attempts. Allen hit 2-of-6 and Glover was 4-of-7. Spencer was 11-of-21 from the line in the game.

Kassidy De Jong led Unity with 12 points and Chanda Zomermaand added eight. The Tiger defense held Jill Schouten, who scored 11 in a win over Le Mars to start the season, to 0-of-10 from the field and no score.

The Tigers host Cherokee in a Lakes Conference game Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Spencer Fieldhouse at 6:15 p.m.



SPENCER: Kirstin Martindale 11, Heather Williamson 7, Alexa Allen 6, Taylor Glover 6, Taylor Anderson 5, Kari Kramer 3, Emily Burns 2.

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