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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans victorious in epic semifinal

Solon knocks off Monticello, 50-48, in overtime

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team’s best game thus far this season, Solon bested the Monticello Panthers, 50-48, in an overtime battle of the ages.
Solon started the game as they had many this season, with a strong first quarter, building to a 15-10 lead at the end of one with both the Levin sisters, MaKinley and Callie, scoring five points in the first quarter.

Lady Spartans halted by Knights, 49-36

Solon derailed by Assumption in 3A Region 7 championship

CLARENCE– It took three Davenport Assumption Knights– Dawsen Dorsey (14 points), Ava Schubert (14) and Anna Wohlers (11)– to derail the Lady Spartans’ express during the 2020-2021, COVID-modified season. Solon traveled 30-minutes north to North Cedar High School, neutral territory for both teams, to meet and ultimately succumb to the Davenport Assumption Knights, 49-36, in a Class 3A regional final Feb. 20.

Solon defeats Tipton Tigers in Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal

SOLON– On the eve of the Daytona 500, the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team squared off against the Tipton Tigers in a Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 13, on the home hardwood.
Solon freshman Callie Levin buried the accelerator for the Lady Spartans in the first half with 16 of her game-high 25 points, including a 12-point run in the first quarter, to give Solon the lead and never look back until the checkered flag, 75-39.

Lady Spartans stunned by Beckman Catholic, 58-52

Callie Levin early foul trouble, Lady Spartans come up short

SOLON– The Lady Spartans tasted defeat at the hands of the Beckman Catholic Blazers, 58-52, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at home, yet three players scored in double digits.

Lady Spartans outlast Bobcats, 59-54

Holtkamp scores 21 leading Solon past Benton Community

SOLON The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team orchestrated another thriller, on the home hardwood, besting the Benton Community Bobcats, 59-54, on Friday, Jan. 29, moving to 13-4 on the season.
It was the only game of the week as Saturdays Rivalry Weekend game against West Liberty in Delhi was postponed again due to inclement weather.
The Lady Spartans played one of the best games of their season with a considerably well-matched Benton Community team.

Lady Spartans halt Mustangs, 53-37

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team moved to 10-3 on the season after dispensing with the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 53-37, to remain atop the WaMaC East with a 10-1 conference record, on Friday, Jan. 15.
Solon surged to a 10-4 lead over the Mustangs in the first quarter and held a 27-21 lead at the half, before building to an insurmountable 42-24 third-quarter lead. The Lady Spartans finished with all players seeing time on the court, closing the game at the horn, 53-37.

Lady Spartans thrill in 57-50 win over Maquoketa

SOLON– After the road loss in Cedar Rapids to Xavier the night before, the Lady Spartans were looking for a little redemption and found it, barely.
Solon’s varsity girls’ basketball team delivered a thriller as Gov. Reynolds loosened COVID restrictions and the Spartan Nation was allowed to return to the stands, albeit limited, battling the Maquoketa Cardinals to a 57-50 victory, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Callie Levin poured in 15 points in the first half, welcoming the Solon faithful in grand fashion.

Lady Spartans dissect Indee, 81-22

Defensive-minded Lady Spartans end season on high

INDEPENDENCE– The Lady Spartans put an exclamation point on the 2020 portion of this season’s varsity basketball campaign with an 81-22 win over the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
It was the Lady Spartans’ fifth win in a row, providing a 6-2 season record and 6-1 conference record, perching Solon atop the WaMaC East standings followed by Marion (3-4, 3-2), Beckman Catholic (3-5, 3-4), West Delaware (2-5, 1-4), Maquoketa (2-7, 1-5) and Mount Vernon (0-5, 0-5).

After eight years, Lady Spartans best Marion, 55-43

SOLON– “Marion is Marion,” said Lady Spartan Head Basketball Coach Jamie Smith.
For the first time since the Solon girls’ varsity basketball team defeated the Marion Indians, 64-50, on Feb. 13, 2013, the Lady Spartans summited that lofty precipice again.
The Lady Spartans bested the defending WaMaC East Division champion Marion Indians, 55-43, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at home. It was Solon’s third straight win since opening the season 1-2, and includes a win over 3A’s fifth-ranked Center Point-Urbana, catapulting them to the top of the East Division standings with a 4-1 record.

Lady Spartans trample Trojans, 63-24

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team continued its win streak on Thursday, Dec. 17, at home, trampling the South Tama Trojans, 63-24.
The Lady Spartans took to the court with a different swagger on Thursday against the Trojans, shooting with confidence and maintaining the defense that provided them with their Tuesday win over the Marion Indians.
Solon shot out to a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and held the Trojans to single digits with a 29-9 halftime lead.

Lady Spartans overcome Vikettes, 54-44

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans varsity basketball team took a fast-paced victory, 54-44, over the Vinton Shellsburg Vikettes, at home, on Friday, Dec. 11.
It was a game reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson’s notable quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

Lady Spartans wrangle Raiders, 56-45

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team ended a two-game skid with a 56-45 victory over the Williamsburg Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on the home hardwood to move to 2-2 on the season. It was an early start for the Lady Spartans in the opening leg of a boys and girls basketball doubleheader.