Friday's Lakes Conference showdown between Spencer and Storm Lake got off to a slow start but things eventually picked up -- at least for Spencer.
Facing a struggling Storm Lake program that hasn't won a game over the last two seasons, Spencer stumbled out of the gates, needing over six minutes to sink its first field goal. The Lady Tigers made 21 steals and capitalized on 38 Tornado turnovers as they coasted to a 53-15 win in Spencer.
(Photos by Michael Fischer)
The Tigers got at least two field goals from eight different players as they used on-ball defensive pressure and a team effort to win their final game before the holiday break. The Spencer defense allowed Storm Lake just three baskets (3-of-24).
"I thought the kids did a nice job of passing the ball around. It was very good team ball," Spencer coach Don Martindale said. "We had the slow start due mainly to missing open shots. Nobody forced anything. This group of kids always does exactly what we ask, and they've been a great group. Regardless of the score tonight, I was really proud of how they kept at it."
Martindale was able to use his entire bench and allow everyone to gain more varsity experience. The Tigers got 20 points off the bench, with Kari and Kelli Kramer each scoring seven and Emily Burns adding six. Kari Kramer grabbed five rebounds while younger sister Kelli made five steals.
Heather Williamson led Spencer in scoring with 12 points. Kirstin Martindale had eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Alexa Allen scored five points with five assists and four steals. Taylor Anderson had five points, four rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Brenna Richter made 4-of-6 free throws to lead Storm Lake with four points. Chyann Smith hit 1-of-5 3-pointers and finished with three points.
Spencer shot 21-of-59 for the game (35 more shot attempts than Storm Lake), including just 1-of-17 from beyond the arc. The Tigers were 10-of-16 from the line, while Storm Lake was 8-of-21.
Spencer's next game will be Friday, Jan. 4 at Hull against No. 1-ranked Western Christian.
SPENCER: Heather Williamson 12, Kirstin Martindale 8, Kari Kramer 7, Kelli Kramer 7, Emily Burns 6, Alexa Allen 5, Taylor Glover 4, Taylor Anderson 4.
STORM LAKE: Brenna Richter 4, Chyann Smith 3, Erin Schuelke 2, Emily Johnson 2, Annabelle Eades 2, Megan Miller 2.
TEAM STATS: FG - Spencer 21-59, Storm Lake 3-24. 3PT - Spencer 1-17, Storm Lake 1-8, FT - Spencer 10-16, Storm Lake 8-21. Rebounds - Spencer 36 (Martindale 8), Storm Lake 24 (Johnson 6). Steals - Spencer 21 (Anderson, Kel. Kramer 5), Storm Lake 8 (Crocker, Tay 2). Assists - Spencer 12 (Allen 5), Storm Lake 1 (Miller 1). Blocks - Spencer 4 (Martindale 2), Storm Lake 0.