WORTHINGTON -- Freshman center Tarren Spartz was impressive for the Worthington girls basketball varsity on Tuesday night.
She was even better during two quarters of the B squad game.
Spartz scored 12 points off the bench as the Trojans ran past Fairmont 69-59 in a Big South game at the WHS gymnasium. That was AFTER she poured in 17 points in two quarters of the preliminary contest.
“She did a great job. She’s definitely come a long way,” said Trojan coach Eric Lindner. “When we can bring her in off the bench like you saw tonight when Sophie (Wietzema) gets in early foul trouble and fight -- we need that.”
Spartz was 5-for-5 from the field, including a 3-pointer, as the Trojans improved to 8-3.
“It was a sloppy game for us. I thought we looked flat at times,” said Lindner, whose team trailed by as many as six in the first half and led only 30-28 at halftime. “I was happy how the kids kept plugging away. We were more aggressive (defensively) in the second game.”
Madisyn Huisman scored 13 points and Maya Scheitel-Taylor added 12 for WHS. Stephie Bauman scored 11 and Payton Sauerbrei had eight points, three steals and three assists.
“We should have won by a lot more, I thought, and I thought it should have been an easy ‘dub,” Huisman said. “But stuff happens and it can’t always be easy.”
Fairmont (8-6), which turned it over 30 times, got 12 points from sophomore Rayah Quiring and 11 from sophomore Cadee Becker.
The Cardinals have no seniors on the roster.
“We have time to get this ironed out, but there are things we just have to be better at,” said Fairmont coach Sara (Yager) Junkermeier, who was named to the Augustana (S.D.) Athletics Hall of Fame after scoring more than 1,300 career points for the Vikings. “I felt like we were in this game the entire first half, and to (Worthington’s) credit they changed some things up in the second half and they were better than us.
“And, we didn’t get to the free throw line.”
The Trojans were 20-for-29 at the foul stripe, while Fairmont was 8-for-12.
“They got to the free throw line a ton because we were overly aggressive on defense,” Junkermeier said. “But we weren’t on offense.”
The Trojans went on a 9-0 early in the second half to build a double-digit lead. Bauman started the flurry with a steal and layup, and Huisman swished a trey. With about five minutes left WHS went on another 9-0 run, ignited by a Spartz 3-pointer. It was a fitting finish to her busy night.
Worthington is on the road this weekend, at Windom on Thursday and at Sioux City West on Saturday.