Simley’s Sydney Stensgard (center) had 29 points on the night as the Spartans went on to defeat the Cougars 69-53 Thursday night in the Class 3A, Section 3 final. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
A rough-and-tumble affair between the top-seeded Simley Spartans (27-2) and the No. 3-seed St. Paul Como Park Cougars in the Class 3A, Section 3 finals at Bloomington Jefferson High School Thursday ended with the Spartans pulling away late for a 69-53 victory.
Simley gained an edge early after senior guard Sydney Stensgard scored five of the Spartans first seven points. The lead never changed the rest of the game.
“We did a good job of going inside and out,” Simley head coach Mark Stensgard said. “We got some good shots outside and got good inside touches that expanded the lead.”
Fouls came early and often, and the tight play on both ends of the court was something the Spartans had to adjust to throughout the game.
“We always play better when we get up right away,” Sydney Stensgard said. “It helps us keep going for the rest of the game.”
The Spartans' Ysareia Chèvre looks to the lane Thursday night at Bloomington Jefferson High School in the Class 3A, Section 3 final. The Spartans defeated the Cougars 69-53 to advance to the state tourney. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Behind a 29-point performance by senior guard Sydney Stensgard, Simley (27-2) advanced to next week’s state tournament with a 69-53 win against St. Paul Como Park (21-5) in the Class 3A, Section 3 final at Bloomington Jefferson High School Thursday evening.
Scoring the first seven points of the game gave the No. 1-seeded Spartans the lead, and they never let it go. The Cougars closed to within five points at various times in the game but were never able to pull ahead.
Sophomore guards Kaylynn Asberry and Ronnie Porter led the Cougars with 20 and 13 points, respectively.
Stensgard dealt with foul trouble in the second half, and sophomore forward Acheampomaa Danso picked up the slack on both ends of the court, finishing with a 14-point, 17-rebound double-double.
Simley now awaits their seed and assignment in next week’s state tournament.
The Cougars' Ronnie Porter (right) was kept to just 13 points Thursday night in the Cougars' 69-53 loss to the Spartans. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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