Four-game week results in pair of Panther wins


Monticello defenders Bronwyn Hodge (left) and Brea Stahlberg trap a Mid-Prairie player during Saturday’s game. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Tori McDonald of Monticello throws a pass just out of the reach of a Tipton defender in the Friday home win.
GIRLS BASKETBALL
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     A week that saw head coach Donnie Kremer record his 300th career win (see p. A-13) also saw the Monticello girls basketball team play four games, all at home.

     The Panthers won two of those, coming out of the week with records of 3-1 in River Valley Conference North Division play, and 5-2 overall.

     Included were a 40-29 loss to Bellevue Dec. 14, a 59-30 win over rival Anamosa Dec. 15, a come-from-behind 42-31 victory over Tipton Dec. 18, and a heartbreaking 44-42 loss to Mid-Prairie Dec. 19.

     “It was a very tough week,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We are fighting injuries, illnesses, and we had four games. I though we weathered the week pretty well.”

     Bellevue held the Panthers to just seven first half points while taking a 15-7 lead in the Dec. 14 game, then opened it up in the third quarter to lead by as many as 18.

     “We did not attack, and our effort was subpar,” Kremer said. “We did not execute our offense the way we are capable of. They defended really well and contested every shot.”

     Monticello trimmed the margin to 11 a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get the deficit down to a single digit.

     “We were just not into the game,” Kremer said. “We were standing around on defense and not moving. Granted, they knocked down some shots as well.”

     Bronwyn Hodge led the team in scoring with seven points, and Lydia Recker had six.

     Against Anamosa Tuesday, the Panthers held a one-point lead after one quarter, 8-7, then went on a 20-5 blitz in the second period to open a 28-12 lead.

     “I basically told the girls that we needed to push the ball up the court,” the coach said. “If we could get a stop on defense, we could push the tempo and get some easy shots. Our effort on defense was really good in the second quarter.”

     That defense forced 41 Anamosa turnovers for the game. Meanwhile, the lead only grew larger in the second half before Monticello closed out the 29-point win, quite the contrast from the loss the previous night.

     Gabrielle Guilford just missed a double-double, with nine points and 10 steals. Rebekah Prull had nine points. Jaelyn Aitchison and Katie Roher came off the bench to score 10 points apiece.

     “I think the girls learned a valuable lesson (against Bellevue), that if you do not give effort, the result is not the one they want. Their mindset was way different against Anamosa and it showed,” Kremer said.

     The Panthers were forced to make a large comeback in Friday night’s game against Tipton. Monticello trailed 11-1 after one quarter, but pulled it back to a 13-13 tie midway through the second quarter.

     The teams were tied again 29-29 early in the fourth quarter, before Monticello went on a 13-2 run the rest of the way.

     “These girls were resilient and never gave up,” the coach said.

     Guilford had 19 points and five steals in that game. Hodge had seven points and six rebounds, while Prull contributed six points and seven rebounds. McDonald made five steals and had three assists.

     Saturday’s game against Mid-Prairie was easily the most dramatic. The Panthers trailed 26-18 at halftime, and found themselves behind 34-20 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

     Monticello inched its way back into it, and got to within two points, 42-40, on a put-back by Hodge with 1:40 to play.

     In the final minute, Guilford made a steal and dished to Prull for a lay-up, tying the game 42-42 with 28 seconds left.

     But the Golden Hawks scored last, on a layup by Phelan Hostetler just before the buzzer.

     “I thought we sucked it up and did what we needed to do to get back in the game,” Kremer said. “We just needed to execute better and take care of the ball.”

 

Dec. 14

B’vue     8   7 15 10 – 40

Monti    3   4    8 14 – 29

     BELLEVUE (40) – Julia Penniston 6-7 0-1 14, Maria Hueneke 4-7 0-0 9, Teresa Paulsen 2-2 2-2 6, Kalesia DeShaw 1-1 2-5 4, Audrey Wedeking 1-4 0-0 3, Ka’Lynn DeShaw 2-4 0-1 4, Kenna Duesing 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Beasley 0-0 0-0 0, Claire Dunne 0-0 0-0 0, Adessa Liebfried 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-25 4-9 40.

     MONTICELLO (29) – Lydia Recker 3-4 0-0 6, Gabrielle Guilford 1-4 2-4 4, Karli Recker 2-6 0-0 5, Bronwyn Hodge 3-7 1-2 7, Rebekah Prull 1-6 0-0 2, Jaelyn Aitchison 1-2 0-0 3, Brea Stahlberg 1-2 0-2 2, Katie Roher 0-0 0-0 0, Reagan Schneiter 0-0 0-0 0, Triniti Etzel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-31 3-8 29.

     Three-pointers – Penniston 2, Hueneke, Wedeking; K. Recker, Aitchison.

     Rebounds – Monticello 15 (Guilford 3, K. Recker 3, Hodge 3), Bellevue 14.

     Assists – Bellevue 9, Monticello 8 (Aitchison 3).

     Steals – Monticello 8 (K. Recker 3), Bellevue 7.

     Turnovers – Bellevue 18, Monticello 15.

 

Dec. 15

Ana         7   5   9   9 – 30

Monti     8 20 23  8 – 59 

     ANAMOSA (30) – Madalyn Heims 3-6 0-0 6, Addy Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Lily Rogers 1-6 2-2 4, Grace Lubben 0-3 0-0 0, Katravia Burns 1-1 0-0 2, Joslin Banowetz 3-8 2-4 9, Meaghan Decker 2-2 0-0 4, Ava Clausen-Tubbs 1-2 0-0 2, Anna Rowley 1-2 0-0 2, Cecilia Venenga 0-6 1-2 1, Nicole Power 0-0 0-0 0, Cydney Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Kala Dietiker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-36 5-8 30.

     MONTICELLO (59) – Lydia Recker 3-5 0-1 6, Gabrielle Guilford 4-9 1-2 9, Karli Recker 2-7 1-2 5, Bronwyn Hodge 2-8 0-0 4, Rebekah Prull 3-6 3-4 9, Jaelyn Aitchison 3-11 4-6 10, Katie Roher 2-4 6-7 10, Brea Stahlberg 3-4 0-0 6, Reagan Schneiter 0-1 0-0 0, Triniti Etzel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 15-22 59.

     Three-pointer – Banowetz.

     Rebounds – Monticello 35 (Hodge 9, Stahlberg 7), Anamosa 24.

     Total fouls – Anamosa 21, Monticello 15.

     Assists – Monticello 12 (Guilford 3, Prull 3), Anamosa 6.

     Steals – Monticello 24 (Guilford 10), Anamosa 8.

     Turnovers – Anamosa 41, Monticello 20.

 

Dec. 18

Tipton  11  6  10   4 – 31

Monti     1 14 12 15 – 42

     TIPTON (31) – Allison Nash 2-5 0-0 6, Alex Hoffman 3-11 2-4 11, Carly Langenburg 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Biermann 5-9 0-1 10, Liz Bierman 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor Wendel 1-1 0-0 2, Ashley Hatland 0-4 0-0 0, Hailey Stewart 0-0 0-0 0, Brenna Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-33 2-5 31.

     MONTICELLO (42) – Lydia Recker 2-8 0-0 4, Tori McDonald 0-4 1-2 1, Gabrielle Guilford 7-12 5-9 19, Bronwyn Hodge 3-6 1-2 7, Rebekah Prull 2-7 2-4 6, Jaelyn Aitchison 1-4 3-6 5, Brea Stahlberg 0-1 0-2 0, Katie Roher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 12-25 42.

     Three-pointers – Hoffman 3, Nash 2.

     Rebounds –Monticello 26 (Prull 7, Hodge 6, Guilford 5), Tipton 31.

     Total fouls – Tipton 19, Monticello 11.

     Assists – Tipton 9, Monticello 5 (McDonald 3).

     Steals – Monticello 14 (McDonald 5, Guilford 5), Tipton 11.

     Turnovers – Tipton 25, Monticello 14.

 

Dec. 19

Mid-Pr. 14 12 13   5 – 44

Monti      8 10 12 12 – 42

     MONTICELLO (42) – Tori McDonald 1-6 4-8 6, Gabrielle Guilford 2-10, 2-6 6, Karli Recker 1-8 0-0 3, Bronwyn Hodge 4-9 0-1 8, Rebekah Prull 7-12 1-2 15, Lydia Recker 1-3 1-2 3, Jaelyn Aitchison 0-1 0-0 0, Brea Stahlberg 0-1 1-2 1.

     Three-pointer – K. Recker.

     Rebounds – Monticello 34 (Guilford 5, Hodge 5).

     Total fouls – Monticello 16.

     Assists – Monticello 9 (McDonald 4, Guilford 3).

     Steals – Monticello 13 (McDonald 4, Guilford 3).

     Turnovers – Monticello 13.

 

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