The home opener for Le Mars basketball produced a pair of wins with the tenth-ranked Le Mars girls starting off the fun beating No. 15 Spirit Lake 57-46.
Le Mars found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard throughout the majority of the first half culminating in being down 30-17 at the half’s end. Head coach Sidney Baumgartner says the girls were not playing their brand of basketball in the first half.
In the locker room at the break, the girls did not have to be told anything. Coach Baumgartner did not need to say anything because her team knew that the first half was not up to their standards.
The second half came with it a new-found energy with the Bulldogs going on a quick 7-0 run and taking the lead late to start the fourth quarter on a half-court buzzer beater by Jaelyn Marienau. Le Mars ended up outscoring the Indians 40-16 in the second half sparked by Marienau’s 21 second-half points. Coach Baumgartner gave her some encouragement at the half, and she rode with it the rest of the way.
Metta Skov also had 17 points as Le Mars completed the 13-point comeback to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Bulldogs start conference play in the Missouri River Activities Conference on Friday at Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Coach Baumgartner wants her team to have confidence right off the opening tap in their upcoming contests.
Le Mars will start their contest with Sergeant Bluff-Luton at 5:30 PM on Friday. KLEM will have a live radio broadcast and a video stream of the game. No. 15 Spirit Lake fell to 0-2 on the season with the loss.
The Le Mars boys basketball team got off to a 1-0 start under new head coach Cody Dyhrkopp with a 74-70 victory over Spirit Lake on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs got hot right away pulling away with a 13-0 run that spanned the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. Le Mars led the game by 20 points late in the third quarter before Spirit Lake cut their deficit down to one point late in the fourth. Coach Dyhrkopp says it was nice to finish with the win and see what his team has to improve on this season.
The struggles late in the game came from Le Mars abandoning what had worked for the first two-and-a-half quarters. Coach Dyhrkopp says that could have been caused by some tiredness or contentment late in the game.
Even after growing their lead to 20 and having it cut down to one, Le Mars never backed down. The Bulldogs hit shots when they needed to to keep the Indians from taking the lead. Coach Dyhrkopp says that came from everyone as four players finished in double digits in points in the win.
Le Mars starts the new season and the new era of Bulldog basketball with a 1-0 record. The Bulldogs are not taking anything for granted as they get ready for a very tough pre-holiday stretch. That stretch starts with Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Friday, and Coach Dyhrkopp knows it will be a tough environment to play in.
Dylan Susemihl led Le Mars with 21 points in the win. Le Mars’ game with Sergeant Bluff-Luton will be broadcast on KLEM Radio and video streamed on the KLEM Radio YouTube channel. Spirit Lake dropped to 0-1 to start the year.