The St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ basketball team needed a win on Thursday night.
Not in the worst possible way. But it probably felt that way for coach Drew Arteaga and his team.
The Spartans ended a four-game losing streak by topping Danville 44-14 at home on Thursday
SJO (2-4) will try to build its first winning streak of the season when Maroa-Forsyth pays a visit
to St. Joseph for a 7 p.m. nonconference game on Monday.
Here’s a roundup of how the Spartans have fared through the first two weeks of the season.
Defense propels win against Danville
SJO limited Danville to just four field goals in earning a home nonconference win against the
Vikings on Thursday night.
The Spartans enjoyed a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter that was increased to 22-6 at
halftime and 35-11 to start the fourth quarter.
Addy Martinie and Addie Seggebruch sparked the SJO offense to one of its best performances
this season, with Martinie scoring a game-high 16 points an Seggebruch producing 13 points as
a steady complement.
Addison Frick (seven points), Taylor Hug (four points), Kaytlyn Baker (three points) and Olivia
Baltzell (one point) all contributed for the Spartans for their first win in more than two weeks.
Second-half struggles hurt SJO at Tuscola
The Spartans only trailed undefeated Tuscola 27-23 at halftime this past Monday night in a road
nonconference game. But SJO could only produce three points in the second half, falling to the
host Warriors 40-26.
Tuscola led 31-26 after the third quarter before shutting out SJO 9-0 in the final quarter.
Frick scored a team-high eight points for SJO, with Seggebruch and Martinie each supplying
five points. Hug (four points), Katie Ericksen (two points) and Baker (two points) also chipped in
Paris too much for SJO
Only trailing Paris by six points at halftime on Nov. 22 in a road nonconference game, the
visiting Spartans were no match for the Tigers in the second half as Paris easily pulls away for a
Paris outscored SJO 15-0 in the third quarter to take a double-digit lead the Tigers would not
Martinie scored six points to pace the Spartans, with Frick (five points), Seggebruch (four
points), Baker (three points) and Baltzell (three points) rounding out the scoring for SJO.
Spartans fall to Bullogs
SJO fell behind big in the first quarter to Mahomet-Seymour on Nov. 17 and nearly rallied before
losing 34-29 at the Toyota of Danville Turkey Tournament in St. Joseph.
The Spartans trailed 13-5 at the end of the first quarter before taking an 18-16 lea into halftime,
but M-S took a slim 27-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
Martinie scored a team-high 11 points for SJO, with Taylor Hug scoring all nine of her points on
a trio of three-pointers. Seggebruch (seven points) and Frick (two points) also chipped in.
Spartans top Centennial for first win
SJO cruised to its first win of the season on Nov. 15, defeating Centennial 49-22 in the Spartans
second game of the Toyota of Danville Turkey Tournament in St. Joseph.
The Spartans led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter, 23-10 at halftime and 41-14 to start the
Balanced scoring propelled SJO, with Frick scoring all 12 of her game-high points in the first
half. Martinie wasn’t far behind with 11 points, while Hug chipped in eight points and Baker
scored seven points. Seggebruch (four points), Baltzell (two points), Erickson (two points),
Sarah Kearney (two points) and Kayla Osterbur (one point) also contributed.
Tough Tri-County team beats SJO in opener
The Spartans opened their season on Nov. 14 against Tri-County in the Toyota of Danville
Turkey Tournament in St. Joseph.
And the host Spartans hung with one of the area’s best small-school teams in the first half
before Tri-County pulled away for a 59-35 win.
SJO only trailed 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and 26-20 at halftime before the Titans went
into the fourth quarter with a 46-30 lead.
Frick scored a team-high 13 points for the Spartans on the strength of three three-pointers. She
was the only SJO player in double figures.
Seggebruch and Martinie each compiled seven points, while Baltzell (five points), Timera
Blackburn (two points) and Baker (one point) also dented the scoring column.