Spearfish girls fall in season opener

Spearfish's Maddi Doren and Yankton opponent Paige Gullikson race for the ball. Pioneer photo by Jason Gross

SPEARFISH — Spearfish dropped a 53-35 decision to Yankton in its varsity girls’ basketball season opener Friday evening at the Spearfish High School gym.

“On offense, we felt a little bit rushed,” Spearfish assistant coach Bryan Heck said. “I thought we made a lot of the right reads, but we just had trouble finishing.”

Yankton jumped out to a 14-3, first-quarter lead on Molly Savey’s 3-point field goal.

Hannah Schoon’s layup and Erin Rotert’s three-point play sandwiched a Yankton basket and brought Spearfish within 16-8 when the first quarter ended.

Spearfish stayed within 19-12 in the second period on a Stella Marcus basket. The visiting Gazelles scored the next nine points; Savey’s layup made the score 28-12.

Lily McCarty’s 3-point field goal brought the Spartans within 28-15. Schoon converted a layup to keep Spearfish within 30-17 at the break.

The Gazelles claimed a 9-5 scoring edge in the third quarter and led 39-22 with eight minutes left.

Jordynn Salvatori completed a three-point play in the fourth quarter to keep Yankton ahead 42-28. Spearfish got within 12 points on three occasions, with the last instance at 47-35.

Schoon’s 11-point effort enabled her to top Spearfish’s scoring charts. Marcus chipped in with 10 points.

Yankton received a game-high 22 points from Ellie Karolevitz and 10 points from Salvatori.

Spearfish (0-1) is scheduled to host Brandon Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.


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