Basketball: Sting girls be a St. Croix Prep, Community of Peace

The Spectrum girls basketball team won back-to-back evenings, 54-42 over St. Croix Prep on Wednesday at home and 69-23 over Community of Peace on Thursday in St. Paul. The Sting have a 9-5 record.

The Sting earned “a big win for the program,” said coach Lenny Sedlock, in defeating St. Croix Prep, which beat them twice by double digits last year and returned four starters. including 6-2 and 6-1 posts and a point guard averaging 12 points. In addition, St. Croix had practiced Monday and Tuesday while Spectrum didn’t have school due to the cold weather.

In the first half, St. Croix pounded the ball down low,  out-rebounded the Sting and took a 25-18 halftime lead.

“The message at half time was simple. We need to play physical and and get aggressive. That is exactly what the Sting did,” said Sedlock.

Using an up tempo offense with much more aggressiveness on defense, and solid rebounding on both ends of the floor, the Sting outscored the guests 34-17 in the second half.

Noelle Diekman, Kassidi Robbins and Rachel Stevenson each scored 13 points. Kassidi Robbins had “a break out game,” said the coach, coming off the bench hitting two 3-pointers. Rachael Goldsmith had 6, Brynn Bozich had 5, and Macie Burns 2. Katelyn Bozich played very well down low agains the 6-2 post and on the boards along with Burns and Diekman. Brynn Bozich had 8 steals and 8 assists to lead team in those categories.

Against Community of Peace, Stevenson led with 20 points including four 3-pointers. Diekman had 17.  Brynn Bozich sank 10 points (three 3 pointers) and made 8 assists. Burns, Lorna Betchel and Katelyn Bozich added 4 points each. Goldsmith, Maria Novotny, Robbins, Emily Brueckner, and Elizabeth Hackbarth added 2 points each.

The Sting have four games next week starting with Monday evening  at home against Minneapolis Edison.