Junior Ainsley Howard was difficult to stop when the McFarland High School girls basketball team went on the road to play Jefferson in a Jan. 17 Rock Valley Conference game.

Howard hit three shots from the 3-point line and scored a game-high 22 points as the Eagles knocked off the Spartans 61-45.Howard also cashed in at the foul line by making 13-of-16 attempts.

The Spartans (5-8, 5-5) struggled in the first half and trailed 29-14. Senior Peyton Witt led McFarland with 15 points including three 3-point buckets. Junior Katie Hildebrandt had nine points, and junior Lindsey Lonigro had two triples to end up with six points. McFarland hit only 14-of-46 shots from the field for 30 percent.

Hildebrandt pulled down 10 rebounds, and junior Morgan Butler had four points, seven boards and four assists. McFarland plays at home 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23 against Clinton.

Edgerton 48, Spartans 45

A hot-scoring freshman for Edgerton doomed the McFarland High School girls basketball team’s chances for a Rock Valley Conference win when the two teams met Jan. 14.

Five-foot-7 Sylvia Fox scored 23 points, more than double her season average, as the Crimson Tide defeated the Spartans 48-45 in Edgerton.

Fox made four shots from the 3-point line and helped the Crimson Tide erase McFarland’s 17-14 halftime lead.

Kate Fox-Gunderson also reached double figures for Edgerton with 11 points.

Hildebrandt had another good game for the Spartans with 17 points including 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Freshman Adrienne Kirch had eight points and Butler scored seven.

Witt also led McFarland with seven rebounds and tied Lonigro for the team lead with three steals.

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