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Wildcats swarm to beat Spartans

Emma Puleri guards as Destiny Brown attempts to inbound the ball during the second half of Lee’s win. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

LEE — In a close game in the fourth quarter, conventional wisdom typically says that the team with more experienced players on the floor will usually win the game. Thursday’s girls’ basketball game between the Lee Wildcats and Monument Mountain Spartans looked to follow a similar script toward the end of the third quarter.
It was the freshman-heavy Wildcats, however, who were able to secure the 66-62 victory over the veteran-laden Spartans, surging behind 18 points each from freshmen Emma Puleri and Carina Brown.
Midway through the first quarter, Monument’s Fiona Horan was sent tumbling to the floor on a foul in the backcourt, leaving her grabbing for her led in pain. After a slight delay, Horan was escorted off the floor with question as to whether she would re-enter the game.
At the time, the Spartans trailed by a point and, with one of their leading scorers out, things looked like they could get away from Monument. However, that’s when they took off.
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