Basketball Tournament News

St. Labre defeats Lady Spartans in Round One at Districts

The Spartan girls basketball team faced a tough first round game at Districts in Colstrip when they came up against St. Labre. The first half for the ladies was rather rough, as they were outscored 18-7 in the first quarter and 15 to 8 in the second quarter. But the team that came out of the locker room after halftime was an entirely different team; the scoring was almost even in the third quarter, with St. Labre pulling in 11 to Baker’s 10. But it was the final quarter where the Lady Spartans really showed their talents and abilities, as they outscored St. Labre 17 to 11. This was an exciting quarter to watch and every girl asked remarked that if they would have had more time, they would have caught St. Labre. Hope Craft remarked, “We played so well in the fourth quarter that St. Labre had to put all of their starters back in.”

Freshman Anika Ploeger was on fire and led the Spartans in scoring, with a total of 11 points; Anika was also responsible for 4 steals and had a total of 9 rebounds.  Mya Hadley poured in a total of 10 points and 2 steals and snatched 3 rebounds for the Spartans. Senior Andie Batchelor earned 5 points for her team, grabbed 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Shelby Moore sank 4 points, had 1 block and 2 steals. Kelsey Miller, Alissa Bohle and Emily Shumaker each scored 3 points; in addition, Kelsey had 5 rebounds, Alissa 2 rebounds, and Emily 3 rebounds. Finishing up the stats for the ladies were Macee Hadley with 2 points and 5 rebounds; Hope Craft with 2 points; Peyton Janeway with 2 points; Rilee Petterson with 1 rebound; Sady Harbaugh with 1 rebound.

Lodge Grass victorious over Lady Spartans at Districts

The Baker Lady Spartans put up a hard fight against Lodge Grass in loser-out action at the District tournament on Feb. 15 in Colstrip, but their determination and drive fell short and their season came to an all-too-soon end. The final score was Lodge Grass 55 and the Spartans 46. The first and third quarters saw Lodge Grass outscoring Baker 14-9 and 18-10; these two quarters proved to be impossible to overcome, although the Spartans certainly gave it their best shot. The Spartans outscored Lodge Grass in the second quarter 11-9 and in the fourth quarter 16-14.

Freshman Anika Ploeger contributed 14 points to her team; Anika also had 3 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Next in scoring was Shelby Moore who had 8 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Three Lady Spartans, Kelsey Miller, Andie Batchelor and Mya Hadley, ended the evening with 5 points each; Kelsey had 1 rebound, while Andie had 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Mya had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Peyton Janeway garnered 3 points and had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Sady Harbaugh, Hope Craft and Emily Shumaker all finished the evening with 2 points apiece; Sady had 3 rebounds, while Hope had 2 and Emily had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Other stats include Macee Hadley’s 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 3 steals and McKenna Griffith’s 1 rebound.

Freshman Anika Ploeger commented, “This was a growing season. With many injuries and a constant change of varsity players, the odds were definitely not in our favor. But, as the season went on we grew as a team and individuals and I can’t wait for next year.”

Spartan boys put up a good fight against Lame Deer

   The Spartan boys basketball team suffered a first round defeat at the hands of Lame Deer at the District tournament. The first half turned out to be pretty equal, as the teams went into their locker rooms with Baker up by one with a score of 27-26. The third quarter saw the Spartans scoring 16 to Lame Deer’s 17. But it was the final quarter that spelled doom for the Spartans as they were outscored 13-27. Riley O’Donnell remarked, “Our zone defense has been rough these past few weeks so we had to play man to man which tired us out and we started playing their game, not our game.” Colter Peterson agreed, stating, “We needed to keep up the intensity for all four quarters, not just the first three.”

Senior Riley Schultz and junior Riley O’Donnell both hauled in 13 points for the Spartans; Schultz also had 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 assist. O’Donnell contributed 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Caleb Ploeger won 8 points for the Spartans and pulled in 6 rebounds and had 1 assist. Senior Sean Shelhamer sank 8 points and had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Rounding out the stats for the boys were Colter Peterson with 2 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 rebound; Jayden Allen had 2 points and 1 rebound; Teight Madler earned 5 points, 2 assists and a total of 7 rebounds; Jacob Wang scored 4 points and had 3 rebounds.

Spartan Boys lose to St. Labre at District Tournaments

The 2018-19 Spartan boys basketball season came to an end on Feb. 15, with their loss to the St. Labre Braves at the District Tournament. This game was a loser-out matchup between two teams that battled it out throughout the year; the Spartans had defeated the Braves earlier in the season on the Spartan’s home turf, but all their determination was not enough this time. Despite jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter, the Braves quickly caught up and the first quarter ended with a score of 9-18. The second quarter was closer, with the Braves only outscoring the Spartans by 4, to end the first half 20-33 in favor of the Braves. After halftime, the Spartans and Braves returned to the floor and both teams fought hard for a victory.  Unfortunately, the 1st half deficit was hard to overcome, despite a valiant effort by the Spartans. The third quarter saw the Braves outscoring the Spartans 19-24 and the fourth was the same, although the margin was much closer at 21-24. The final score was 60-81 in favor of St. Labre. Senior Jayden Allen commented, “It wasn’t the kind of ending for the season that we wanted, but the team fought hard all season and should be proud of their hard work.” Caleb Ploeger echoed Jayden’s sentiments, stating, “The season didn’t end how we wanted it to, but over the year we built strong connections and skills; when the final buzzer rang we walked off the court with our heads high, knowing we left it all on the court.”

Colter Peterson was high point man for the Spartans with 18 points. Colter also had 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Teight Madler garnered 9 points for the Spartans, had 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Sean Shelhamer was third in scoring with 7 points; he led his team with 7 rebounds and 1 steal. The fourth highest scorer for the Spartans was Jacob Wang, who delivered 6 points. Jacob also contributed 5 rebounds for his team. Riley O’Donnell and Jayden Allen each had 5 points, while Riley had 1 rebound and Jayden had 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Riley Schultz put in 4 points and had 1 assist, 1 block and 2 rebounds. Caleb Ploeger rounded out the scoring with 3 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.