SPASH girls continue run into postseason
By John Kemmeter
With five starters and a veteran bench back from a year ago, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) girls basketball team has been one of the best WIAA Division 1 teams in the state this season.
The 10th-ranked Panthers returned nine of their Top 10 players from last season and entered their showdown at home against ninth-ranked D.C. Everest Friday, Feb. 9, with a chance to tie for the lead in the Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC).
SPASH (19-2, 10-1) used a late run in the second half to overtake Everest (17-4, 10-1) and held on down the stretch for a 50-46 win, as it entered its regular-season finale against Wausau East (3-18, 0-11) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, with a chance to earn at least a share of the WVC Title.
“We’ve been waiting for four years for this,” said senior forward Rachel Sullivan after the win over Everest. “We’ve been playing together since fourth grade and Everest has always beaten us.
“So it’s pretty sweet right now on our home court,” she said.
“I’m so excited,” said senior guard Maggie Negaard. “I’m really proud of our girls, we battled a long way this year and we’ve done really well.”
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