Sparta girls suffer second straight hoops loss

Sparta struggled to take care of the basketball Thursday night in a 60-39 loss at the hands of West Salem in home opener for the Lady Spartans at Alton Ask Gymnasium.
The loss was the second straight for Sparta, which suffered a 65-25 loss at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Tuesday night.
Sparta stuck with the visiting Panthers early one, but West Salem managed to forge a 34-21 lead over the opening 20 minutes of play.
Both teams picked it up on the defensive end of the hardwood in the second half, but West Salem held a 26-18 scoring advantage to pull away for the win in the Panthers’ season opener.
Freshman Callie Ziebell scored in double digits for the second straight game, leading the Lady Spartan cagers with a 13-point effort.
Kirsten Blaha and Emma Smith finished with seven points apiece for Sparta, followed by Rorie Marx and Julianna Pokorny with three points each and Laney Schell, Lexi Pieper and Brielle Savor with two tallies apiece.
Haylee Gilster led the Panthers with a game-high 14 points, while McKenah Olson and Brooke Bentzen finished with 10 points apiece.
Ziebell led Sparta on the glass with six rebounds, while Schell finished with five boards.
West Salem outrebounded Sparta 34-22 and held 23-5 margin on the offensive glass.
Sparta fell to 0-2 with the loss, while West Salem improved to 1-0 overall.
The Lady Spartan cagers are back in action Tuesday, when they host Prairie du Chien in a 7:15 p.m. nonconference contest at Alton Ask Gymnasium.

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