The Spectrum Sting girls took on one of the state’s top Class 4A programs on Tuesday night, playing at Minneapolis South.
The Tigers, in their opener, beat the Sting 70-34.
“We played in front of a big crowd, including Tayler Hill,” noted Sting coach Lenny Sedlock, referring to the Tiger superstar who led them to a state title and runner-up finish before starring for Ohio State and this past year entering the WNBA with the Washington Mystics.
“South used pressure defense the entire game, and were much too athletic for the Sting,” he assessed.
The Sting were within eight with five minutes left in the half but down by 17 at halftime.
Highlights for the Sting were Rachel Goldsmith and Brynn Bozich each sinking two 3-pointers and Rachel Stevenson another in the later stages of the game.
“This was a big step in the right direction for the program,” said Sedlock, noting that the Sting C team lost in double overtime and the JV lost a competitive game.
Brynn Bozich had 11 points, Stevenson 8, Noelle Diekman 7, Rachael Goldsmith 6 and Katelyn Bozich 2. Sedlock said Lorna Bechtel played some shut-down defense off the bench.
The Sting (1-1) will host Brooklyn Center on Saturday at 2 p.m.