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Spearfish proves too much for girls team

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Sam McNeel gets ready to go up for a basket during last Friday night’s game against Spearfish. McNeel was the only Wildcat to score in double figures in the game, scoring 11 of the team’s 16 points.

The Custer High School girls basketball team got an up-close look at one of the top teams in Class A basketball this week, when the Spearfish Spartans visited the Armory. The Spartans jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back on their way to a 76-16 win over the Wildcats.

The Wildcats again struggled mightily against a full-court press, as for much of the first quarter the team struggled to get the ball past half court, committing numerous turnovers that led to easy baskets for the Spartans.

“We’re lacking skills right now in controlling the ball and passing,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said. “It’s something we work on every day, but it seems so easily forgotten when we get a little pressure.”

Kaitlin Spargur stole an inbounds pass and scored to make the score 17-0, and Custer didn’t get on the board until Sam McNeel made a layup at the 1:38 mark to make the score 21-2. A Bethany Crosswait layup as time expired in the first quarter made the score 27-2 in favor of the Spartans.

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