The Sparta varsity basketball team lost to the Northview Wildcats Thursday night 56-46. Sparta put up a spirited fight throughout but was done in by sub-50 percent shooting from the free throw line and 20-plus turnovers. It was a six-point contest with just a few minutes to play when the Spartans went 1-5 from the charity stripe and were unable to convert on the offensive end down the stretch. Garrett Cheslek paced the Spartans with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Grant Kelley added 9 points.