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Defense leads LCS girls to win over Spencer

Monday, December 17, 2012

(Sentinel photos by Kent Jones) LCS' Britney Thompson powers a shot past her Spencer defender in the girls' win over the Tigers Friday.
LE MARS -- Sharp defense by the Le Mars Community girls fueled a 39-35 victory over Spencer, making their winning streak over the Tigers 4-0.

"Anytime you beat Spencer, it's a good win. They're a perennial power in our conference," LCS girls' coach Judd Kopperud said. "We have a lot of respect for them."

The Bulldogs came out strong, taking the lead 11-7 in the first quarter.

LCS scored eight more in the second quarter and held Spencer to six to make it 19-13, LCS, going into the half.

"Spencer makes you play that style -- a knock-down, drag-out, low-scoring physical style of basketball. But it worked in our favor Friday," Kopperud said.

The Bulldogs scored 11 in the third quarter and held Spencer to seven. A fourth quarter rally by Spencer wasn't enough to upset the 'Dogs, they kept a four-point lead for the win.

"Without question, our defensive effort was the difference," Kopperud said. "To hold them to 35 points was outstanding. We forced them into some turnovers and some bad shots and slowed their big girls down."

Leading scorers for LCS were Molly Renken with 13 and Carolyn Ahlers with eight.

"Molly had a nice game," Kopperud said. "She played really well offensively and defensively Friday night."

LCS' Ashley Phelan led in rebounding with six boards and she also grabbed five steals. Mary Kate Eckstaine added four steals.

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