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Superior, Brainerd upend Cloquet girls

Sometimes a team can come together in a loss as well as in a win and last Thursday that may be exactly what happened to the Cloquet girls in their 51-37 loss to Superior in high school basketball.

Sometimes a team can come together in a loss as well as in a win and last Thursday that may be exactly what happened to the Cloquet girls in their 51-37 loss to Superior in high school basketball.

"It was probably our best game of the season to date," commented Cloquet coach Brad Vieths. "We lost, but it was a huge turning point for us."

The Jacks trailed 25-19 at the intermission break, but they were playing well and giving the Spartans a tough go of things.

"Our team played together as a functional unit, they played intelligently and they managed to play for 36 minutes," remarked Vieths. "The difference maker was a cold night of shooting. We took quality shots, but the ball just didn't go through the hoop. It was a great matchup for two of the top teams in the LSC."

Three Spartans scored in double figures - Laura Amys recorded 14, Lindsey Lindstrom had 13 and Shannon Lehikoinen finished with 12 points.

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Jill Rosenthal had a big game for the Jacks with 10 points, Jessica Vork finished with eight, Laura Wappes added six, Nishah Dupuis scored four, Hannah Roy added three, and Rebecca Rowenhorst, Taylor Sautbine and Kami Diver all scored a pair of points.

"We had good performances from Rosenthal, who has been averaging close to 10 points a game in the last three, and Hannah Roy was also a key to the game controlling the tempo," suggested Vieths. "I think we are well on our way to putting together a good season."

  • On Saturday the 'Jacks fell in another tight game, this time to Brainerd 64-52.

Kami Diver lit up the scoreboard for Cloquet with 14 points, Nishah Dupuis popped in 12 points, Jill Rosenthal scored 10 points, Laura Wappes finished with five, both Ashton Johnson and Hannah Roy added four points, Rebecca Rowenhorst finished with two and Jes Vork scored a point.
Cloquet trailed 32-27 at the half and were never able to get close enough in the second half to make a sustained run.

The Lumberjacks' biggest challenge was to try and slow down Kayla Huether who poured in 32 points to lead the Warriors.

Brainerd hit seven three-pointers in the game which was enough to overcome the fact that Cloquet hit 19 field goals to 18 for the Warriors.

  • On Tuesday night the Jacks fell 66-47 to Grand Rapids as three different Thunderhawks scored in double digits.

Leading Cloquet on the score board was Kami Diver with 15 and Jill Rosenthal with 14 points, Jes Vork recorded eight, Hannah Roy scored four, and it was two each for Colleen McFarlane, Tonya McMillen and Taylor Sautbine.

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