Oftentimes, when everyone on a basketball team shares in the scoring load, good things are bound to happen.
The McFarland High School girls basketball team used that concept Dec. 5 when it hosted Big Foot in a Rock Valley Conference game.
Five players scored in double figures, led by junior Katie Hildebrandt’s 13 points, as the Spartans rolled past the Chiefs 70-46.
McFarland had the game under control in the first half with a 40-17 advantage.
The second half was even with the Spartans outscoring the Chiefs 30-29, but Big Foot couldn’t stop McFarland’s numerous scoring options.
Junior Lindsey Lonigro knocked in 12 points including 5-of-8 shots from the free-throw line, senior Peyton Witt hit two threes and scored 11, and Freya Gilbertson and Morgan Butler both had 10.
Gilbertson also led the team with 10, freshman Brynne Bieri had seven and Lonigro pulled down six. Butler, Lonigro and Maddy Fortune each had three assists.
The Spartans made five shots from the arc and 15-of-24 free throws.
Big Foot was led by Lindsay Paulsen with 15 points, including 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
The Spartans return home Friday, Dec. 13, to play Whitewater in a Rock Valley duel.
The Whippets are led by junior Kacie Carollo, who has averaged 12.5 points in 50 career games. She scored 20 in Whitewater’s season opening win over Big Foot.
Oregon 58, Spartans 47
Witt and Lonigro both scored 10 points, but the Spartans could not take down the visiting Panthers in a Dec. 3 non-conference game.
McFarland hit only 30 percent from the field and connected on only 4-of-19 3-point attempts. Freshman Adrienne Kirch had nine points, Hildebrandt scored eight, blocked six shots, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists, Gilbertson had seven points and eight rebounds, and Butler scored just three points but grabbed nine rebounds. Oregon was led by Liz Uhl with 13 points, and Emily Mortenson with 10.