by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Spectrum girls played so poorly in the first half Thursday evening that their coaches made them run drills at halftime.
And that strategy seemed to work as the Sting, down 20-11 at the break, pulled out a 48-34 win over Cambridge Christian in Cambridge.
The halftime workout was assistant coach Alicia Hannan’s idea, said head coach Lenny Sedlock, who happens to be Hannan’s father.
“This is terrible,” Sedlock told Hannan. “What can we possibly say to the girls at half to change this?”
The Sting, very rusty after the long Christmas break and the closing of two days of school due to cold, had made turnovers their first 12 times down the court.
“Dad, we have nothing to say — we run them and do drills at halftime,” Hannan answered.
Her response, Sedlock said, made Hannan sound like her high school coach Ray Finley. Hannan played on a state championship team at Breck under Finley.
So instead of resting and listening in the locker room,the girls spent the 10-minute break doing full-court drills and half-court sprints. The more they worked, the better they looked, said Sedlock.
Spectrum (6-4) opened the second half with runs of 12-2 and 8-0.
“The girls showed true heart the entire second half,” said Sedlock. “The coaches were so excited.”
Sophmore Noelle Diekman had her best game of the year, leading the team in scoring with 20 points, 14 in the second half, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Rachel Stevenson had 11 points, Brynn Bozich 9 points and 9 assists. Rachel Goldsmith added 4 points, and Macie Burns and Kassidi Robbins had 2. Katelyn Bozich had a solid game on defense, along with Lorna Bechtel giving solid mintutes down the stretch.
The Sting will host section rival Milaca on Tuesday.