SPEARFISH — The Spearfish varsity girls’ basketball team dropped a 63-39 decision to Rapid City Stevens, Tuesday evening, at the Spearfish High School gym, in Spearfish.

“They’ve got things that we can’t simulate in practice. They’ve got long arms and height, and we just don’t have a lot of that,” Spartans’ head coach Eric Lappe said of the visiting Raiders, who entered the game number 2 in the class AA standings. 

Kyah Watson’s basket put Stevens ahead 2-0. Stella Marcus connected from 3-point range and added two more field goals as Spearfish took a 7-2 lead.

The Raiders cut the margin to 7-3 on a Jayda McNabb free throw. Marcus’ short-range field goal estended the Spearfish advantage to 9-3.

Rapid City ran off 13 unanswered points as three players entered the scoring column. Watson converted a layup to give the Raiders a 16-9 lead.

Erin Rotert and Kylee Jo Symonds each netted a free throw to keep the Spartans within 16-11. Grace Martin and Grace Ellis scored fieid goals as Rapid City led 20-11 at the break.

Rotert made two free throws early in the second period as Spearfish trailed by only eight points, at 22-14. Rapid City used an 8-2 run to close the half, with Martin’s 3-point field goal putting the Raiders up 30-16.

Marcus scored a 3-point field goal in the third period as Spearfish closed to within 32-19. A 13-0 run capped by Martin’s 3-point field goal opened a 45-19 advantage for the Raiders, who led 48-25 at quarter’s end.

“We came out the first half of the third quarter and kind of fueled their (Raiders’) transition,” Lappe said. 

“We turned the ball over way too much, took too quick shots offensively. They’re super good in the open floor, and we didn’t do a good job of containing that,” Lappe added.

Spearfish (6-11) received a team-high 13 points from Marcus. Bella Reid followed with five points.

Three players reached double figures for Stevens, now 17-1. Kenadi Rising led with 17 points, followed by Watson (14 points) and Martin (11).

Lappe said Spearfish did some good things, including a 31-31 tie in rebounding. “When we were patient in our offense, we got good looks and good shots,” he added.

The Spartans return to action on Thursday, Feb. 20, when they visit Douglas. Lappe talked about the keys for that game.

“It’s going to be rebounding, and probably free throws,” Lappe said.

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