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The Suburbanite
  • Lady Spartans unable to stop visiting Pirates in season opener

  • It was a tale of two halves in the Springfield Lady Spartans’ first basketball game Wednesday: The first half, when the Spartans showed up to play, and the second, when they didn’t, eventually losing 53-34 to visiting Southeast.

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  • It was a tale of two halves in the Springfield Lady Spartans’ first basketball game Wednesday: The first half, when the Spartans showed up to play, and the second, when they didn’t, eventually losing 53-34 to visiting Southeast.
    The score was much closer for the first 16 minutes. Springfield junior Jaime Alcorn scored on a layup to give the Spartans a 6-3 lead with 5:23 to play in the first quarter, but Southeast took a 12-8 advantage by its end.
    Southeast stretched the lead to 14-8 10 seconds into the second quarter, but Springfield senior guard McKenzie Hedrick came firing back, scoring seconds later then grabbing a rebound that led to a basket by Alcorn. Hedrick had a lay up to tie the game just over two minutes into the second quarter, then tied it again at 17 with a big three-point shot with 3.5 minutes to play.
    Hedrick gave the Spartans their final lead of the game on a layup with 1:37 to play in the first half. One minute later, Pirates senior Rebecca Riemenschneider drew a foul and made both free throws, then Southeast junior Christine Wassam grabbed an offensive rebound and made a basket with about 20 seconds remaining. The Spartans had a chance to tie the game, but a shot bounced out of the hoop as time expired.
    And that’s when Springfield’s downhill slide began.
    The Spartans managed only five points in the third quarter, and only one more until the final 71 seconds of the game, when they scored as many points—six—as they did the other 15 minutes of the second half.
    The scoring drought wasn’t coincidence—the Pirates switched to a 1-3-1 zone, which frustrated the Spartans to the tune of a 28-11 scoring deficit in the second half.
    “We weren’t aggressive,” Springfield head coach Lori Henary said. “We didn’t force as many turnovers.”
    While the second half may have been reminiscent of Springfield’s three-win 2010-11 season, the first showed signs of what could come.
    “We did a lot of things well,” Henary said. “It’s my second year with the team, and there are a lot of changes… we didn’t put an entire game together.”
    Hedrick was a bright spot for the Spartans, leading the team in scoring with 13 points—nine of which came in the second quarter. Junior Sam Karas finished with six points, while Alcorn and sophomore Ally Graham each added four.
    Southeast’s Shayna White, a wide-bodied junior, led the Pirates in scoring with 18 points. White gave the Spartans fits under the basket, grabbing rebounds and scoring on short-range shots, and heading to the foul line several times as well.
    Senior Emily Harsh added 10 for the Pirates while junior Christine Wassam scored six.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We need to improve on the fundamentals,” Henary said. “We have to improve on ball handling, dribbling, passing and shooting.”
    The Spartans will get their next shot Monday at home against Akron North.