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Lady Spartans hit winter break undefeated

Solon moves to No. 11 in 3A with wins over West Delaware and Central DeWitt

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans finished the first half of the season without a loss.
The Solon girls basketball team moved to 8-0 Friday with a road win over West Delaware in Manchester, handing the Hawks their second loss of the year.
Likewise, earlier in the week, Solon halted a six-game winning streak for Central DeWitt. Against DeWitt, senior Ali Herdliska led Solon with 18 points and shot 50 percent from the 3-point line.
At Manchester Friday night, it was junior Dakota Doyle’s turn.
Doyle scored 10 points (including shooting 4-8 from the field), collected a game-high 15 rebounds (including seven offensive boards) and had three steals in the Lady Spartans’ 50-32 win.
Solon took an early lead, but a pair of 3-pointers and a foul gave the Hawks an 8-4 first quarter edge.
The teams knotted at 11 each at the end of the first quarter, but Solon built an eight-point lead in the second quarter and held a 28-20 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, the Lady Spartans clamped down on West Delaware, allowing only 12 points by the Hawks the rest of the game. Solon had 16 steals, lead by sophomore Josie Durr with five. Durr was also the team’s leading scorer with 11.
The Lady Spartans outscored the Hawks 11-6 in the third period and went into the fourth quarter with a 39-26 lead.
Hannah Bluder missed a long two, got her own rebound and dished it out to Herdliska, who quickly sank a three-pointer. A steal by Madi Shafer and a long two by Durr resulted in a 44-26 lead for the Spartans.
Solon’s pesky defense also provided problems for visiting Central DeWitt Tuesday, Dec. 16.
DeWitt entered the game with a 6-1 record and hadn’t lost since its season opener against Marion.
Durr hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Solon a 29-20 lead, but DeWitt clawed its way back in the third quarter, holding Solon to six points and pulling within two, 35-33.
DeWitt’s Miranda Meland hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the third period and Lady Spartan turnovers gave the Sabers some momentum.
Durr and Herdliska both hit 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to buy some breathing room, but DeWitt climbed back to within four points after Emily Cornelius converted a three-point play to make it 41-37.
Herdliska was able to respond, grabbing an offensive rebound in the paint, pivoting and scooping it up for two more points and a chance at the line. She converted, pushing the lead back to seven, then Nichole Oberthien went coast-to-coast after a DeWitt miss to make it 46-37 with about three minutes remaining.
Herdliska’s 18 points paced the Lady Spartans, with Durr adding 13 (including 3-5 from the 3-point arc).
Solon was able to pressure DeWitt with nine steals, but the Lady Spartans only racked up 10 fouls for the game.
The Lady Spartans remain at the top of the WaMaC East conference, and improved two spots in the latest rankings issued by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to No. 11 in Class 3A.