(Photos by Michael Fischer)
The Spencer girls allowed just nine points in the second half and got 17 points from Kirstin Martindale in a 40-23 win over Emmetsburg Tuesday night at the Field House in Spencer. Martindale, a junior, scored 13 of her points and hit all three of her 3-point attempts in the first half as Spencer led 18-14 at halftime. The Tigers clamped down defensively to allow just six points in the third and three in the fourth as they outscored the E-Hawks 22-9 in the second half.
"We challenged the kids at halftime to get into passing lanes and step it up," head coach Don Martindale said. "They did exactly what was asked of them at halftime. Our execution was pretty good in the first half, our shots just weren't going in."
Martindale also added 10 rebounds, while Heather Williamson added seven points and five boards in the win. Alexa Allen had four assists. Emmetsburg was led by Alexa Naig with nine and held Ashton Connelly to four points.
Spencer improves to 10-6 overall and 6-4 in the Lakes with five regular season games remaining, the next being tonight (Thursday) at Newell-Fonda. The Lady Tigers lost to Newell-Fonda (15-1) on Nov. 20 in the season's first game, 48-35. Newell has only lost to ELC this season.
Local Girls Regional Basketball Pairings
All games at 7 p.m.
1A - GTRA at CC-E - Thursday, Feb, 7
2A - H-M-S at Sioux Central - Saturday, Feb. 9
3A - Sheldon at Spirit Lake - Saturday, Feb. 9
4A - Webster City (2-13) vs. Humboldt (5-10) - winner faces Spencer - Saturday, Feb. 16 in Spencer
Senior Matthew Klemme dominated inside Tuesday night against an undersized Emmetsburg team and finished with a season-high 31 points in Spencer's 56-39 win at the Field House in Spencer. A slow start by the Tigers led to a memorable 28-2 run, the biggest of the season, over three quarters of play as Spencer went from trailing 10-3 near the end of the first to leading 31-12 in third quarter.
(Photos by Michael Fischer)
Spencer nearly shut out Emmetsburg in the second quarter before Jake Jackson hit a driving lay-up with two seconds left in the half as the Tigers led 22-12 at half.
"Matthew (Klemme) did a nice job of carrying us offensively, and the guys were able to get him the ball near the rim," Spencer coach Kory Petzenhauser said. "It just took us a little bit to get into the game. We're not sure what the difference was between the first quarter and second, but it's something we'll have to correct before Friday night. We can't afford to take a quarter off against Le Mars or we'll be in too big of a hole to get out of."
Spencer hosts Le Mars Friday, Jan. 25, in a rematch of an 86-80 double-overtime loss for the Tigers at Le Mars on Dec. 14, the first loss of Spencer's season. Klemme scored 30 points, his previous season-high before Tuesday, in the first game against Le Mars, and grabbed 16 rebounds in the extra-period thriller.
In Tuesday's game, Spencer built a 24-point lead early in the fourth, 47-23, before the E-Hawks went on an 11-0 run to close the gap to 13 with 3:38 remaining. The Tigers re-gathered themselves after a timeout and went on to put away Emmetsburg (3-12, 0-12) down the stretch.
In addition to his 31 points, Klemme grabbed 10 rebounds, while Finnern snagged six with five points. Michael Gabhart grabbed five rebounds, made four steals and had three assists with four points.
Spencer is now 11-4 and 8-2 in the Lakes with six games remaining. Emmetsburg is still looking for its first conference win of the season.
GIRLS SCORING SUMMARY
SPENCER: Kirstin Martindale 17, Heather Williamson 7, Taylor Anderson 6, Alexa Allen 5, Kari Kramer 4, Taylor Glover 1.
EMMETSBURG: Alexa Naig 9, Hadley Egland 6, Ashton Connelly 4, Whitney Kibbie 4.
BOYS SCORING SUMMARY
SPENCER: Matthew Klemme 31, Tanner Morris 8, Matt Finnern 5, Michael Gabhart 4, Nigel Nielsen 4, Blake Altenhofen 2.
EMMETSBURG: Jake Jackson 12, Michael Pugh 10, Mike Myers 5, Austin Krause