The Somerset girls’ basketball team has seen its offense go cold. The Spartans traveled to Ellsworth on Thursday and they ran into two red-hot shooters. The Spartans couldn’t match that and lost to the Panthers, 64-47.
The loss drops Somerset to 4-4 in the MBC while Ellsworth climbs to 3-4.
Ellsworth leading scorers Kaitlyn Nugent and Autumn Earney were unstoppable in Thursday’s game. The two of them combined for 46 and the Panthers had enough secondary scoring to pull away in the second half.
Ellsworth started the game at high intensity, building up a quick 12-2 lead. The lead grew as large as 14 points in the first half. Somerset then began chipping away by getting the ball to junior post Dani Schachtner. Schachtner scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half and the Spartans were able to cut Ellsworth’s lead to 30-27 at halftime.
The Spartans hit the first shot of the second half to cut the margin to one point. That was Somerset’s last hurrah as turnovers prevented the Spartans from matching Ellsworth’s production.
“Dani was playing really well, but we didn’t have enough secondary scoring,” said Somerset coach Cory Lindenberg.
Liv Hoff finished with eight points for the Spartans, while Taylor Paulson and MyKenzie Leccia both scored six points.
The Spartans will attempt to get things right on Friday when they host Osceola.