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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Kolby Spurlin fights traffic on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Steers’ 42-30 loss to Springtown at Graham High School Friday night. Spurlin finished the game with six points and four rebounds.

Shooting struggles lead to home loss against Springtown

It’s been a similar story for every game this season for Graham Steers basketball. The Steers have a young team that is fighting injuries and shooting struggles. Both were on display Friday night as the Steers were defeated by Springtown 42-30.

The Porcupines hit back-to-back 3-pointers in under a minute to start the game. For the opening four minutes, the Steers could remain with less than a double-digit deficit. Senior Lawson Wenninger put the Steers on the board with a steal and a layup with 6:10 remaining in the quarter to cut the deficit to four at 6-2. The Porcupines responded with another 3-pointer 24 seconds later.

The Steers were able to cut the deficit to four one last time in the first quarter. Tyson Weaver hit his first of two baskets to make the score 10-6. The Steers struggled to hit shots for the next three minutes. The Porcupines took advantage with a 6-0 run, including a second-chance basket and two points on turnovers to take a 16-6 lead. Freshman Ty Thompson scored the quarter’s final points with 1:08 remaining in the quarter.

Scoring droughts have been a common issue for the Steers this season. Four times Friday night, the Steers went three or more minutes without points. The Steers gave up two 6-0 runs and one 7-0 run in the process in the first three quarters.

For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 22 edition of The Graham Leader.

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