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Lady Spartans open with a win on the road

Solon girls roll over Vinton-Shellsburg, 53-42
Brianna Smith, Dakota Doyle and Hannah Bluder battle under the basket for a loose ball late in the game on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Spartans defeated the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes, 53-42, in their first road game of the season. (photo by Jeff Hess)

VINTON– The Solon Lady Spartans rolled into Vinton-Shellsburg to open the season and came away with a 53-42 win over the Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“Going into my first varsity game as a head coach I was nervous but, like I told my players, it was a good nervous. The kind where you are ready to compete!” said Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop. “I was excited to see how our girls would respond in a regular season game.”
The Spartan starters for the first varsity game were junior Alli Prybil, junior Josie Durr, and seniors Hannah Bluder, Dakota Doyle and Nichole Oberthien.
It was the proper way for the Spartan girls basketball team to open the season. The team confidently sprinted on to the court to warm up before the game, then following the national anthem and tip-off, went out and Durr sank a three followed by a complimentary three by Bluder a few moments later. Solon was up 6-0 only 53 seconds into the game.
Solon led the entire game after that.
After eight minutes of play, Solon was up by only a bucket, 13-11. The girls entered the locker room at halftime leading the Vikettes, 23-18.
A push by Solon in the third period saw the Spartans end the period up 40-29.
When the horn blew, Solon walked off the court, following some discussion and review by the officials at the scorer’s table, with a 53-42 win over Vinton-Shellsburg.
“I was proud of how they executed the things we have been working on in practice. A lot of what we hope to be about– hustle plays, rebounding, and pushing the ball,” Bishop said. “Now we just need to learn how to do those same things while having a little more control.”
Bluder led Solon’s scoring with 15 points, adding three assists, nine rebounds and two steals; Durr put up 13 points with two assists, three rebounds and seven steals; Oberthien scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds; sophomore Brianna Smith contributed six points and five rebounds; Doyle added four points and 16 rebounds; Prybil posted three points, three assists and a steal; freshman Taylor Ryan posted three points, and senior Sydney Lawson scored two points and had an assist.
“After the game, I think we all learned about things we need to improve on. I know I did as a coach and I hope to build on that experience this week when we face some tough opponents,” Bishop added in review of the team’s performance and her first win as the new coach.
Solon traveled to Tama to face the South Tama County Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The Spartans open play at home Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., facing the Marion Indians and follow it up with another game at home Saturday, Dec. 5, against the Washington Demons with an adjusted 1:30 p.m. tip off for varsity competition to accommodate Iowa fans.
Coach Bishop sees opportunity in the schedule.
“South Tama has a good inside-outside game and are hard workers. Then No. 4 in class 4A, Marion, will be a tough match up, but hopefully our girls will play their best in front of our home crowd,” she said. “Then we have a quick turnaround the next morning on Saturday, a non-conference home game, versus Washington. Our goals are to get better day by day, and learn more about what it takes to be a team player.”