MHS reaches break after road wins


Emily Schlarmann of Monticello (in red) works to beat the Anamosa full-court press in the Panthers’ Dec. 17 win. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Tori McDonald of the Panthers works the ball in against Anamosa.
GIRLS BASKETBALL
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     After a pair of double-digit road wins last week, the Monticello High School girls basketball team entered the holiday break with records of 6-1 in the River Valley Conference, 6-3 overall.

     “I feel pretty good about how the season has gone so far,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We have to clean up some fundamental things, and we should be just fine for the remainder of the season.”

     The Panthers were fine enough at neighboring rival Anamosa Dec. 17, pulling away to a 51-33 win. Monticello took a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter, were outscored 24-23 over the middle two quarters, but held a 14-5 edge in the final eight minutes to seal it.

     “I thought we did a very good job handling the rivalry aspect,” Kremer said. “We got off to a great start and put the game away in the fourth quarter.

     “I thought we did a great job of executing the offense and converting their turnovers into easy points. Our length bothered them a lot.”

     Jordan Kuper posted the first of two double-doubles for the week, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against the Blue Raiders. Kuper also had two blocks.

     Three other Panthers also scored in double figures: Gabrielle Steiner led the team with 13 points, Gabrielle Guilford added 12, and Karli Recker came off the bench to score 10. Tori McDonald had nine rebounds and six assists. Steiner made six of the team’s 15 steals, and Karli Recker had four.

     At Tipton Dec. 20, the Panthers spotted the host Tigers a 15-11 first quarter lead, but then outscored Tipton 34-20 over the final three periods to secure a 45-35 win.

     “We turned the ball over way too much, and our passing early was not very good, but we cleaned some of this up after halftime,” the coach said. “We were able to get stops defensively and made some shots on the offense end. We did enough to get the win.”

     Steiner had 11 points in the Tipton game, while Kuper had another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Karli Recker scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds. McDonald had six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Carly Hayen had five points and three rebounds.

 

Dec. 17

Monti       14  8 15 14 – 51

Anamosa  4   8 16   5 – 33

     MONTICELLO (51) – Gabrielle Steiner 5-7 0-1 13, Tori McDonald 2-6 1-1 5, Gabrielle Guilford 5-10 1-1 12, Carly Hayen 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Kuper 4-10 2-2 10, Karli Recker 2-6 6-9 10, Emily Schlarmann 0-2 1-2 1, Lydia Recker 0-1 0-0 0, Bronwyn Hodge 0-2 0-0 0, DeLainy Fellinger 0-0 0-2 0, Brea Stahlberg 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 11-19 51.

     Three-pointers: Steiner 3, Guilford.

     Rebounds: Monticello 37 (Kuper 10, McDonald 9, Schlarmann 4).

     Total fouls: Monticello 9.

 

Monti   11 10  9 15 – 45

Tipton  15   4  9    7 – 35

     MONTICELLO (45) – Gabrielle Steiner 4-8 2-2 11, Tori McDonald 0-4 2-7 2, Gabrielle Guilford 2-3 0-0 4, Carly Hayen 2-6 1-2 5, Jordan Kuper 5-14 0-1 10, Karli Recker 3-11 1-2 9, Lydia Recker 1-1 0-0 2, Bronwyn Hodge 1-1 0-0 2, Emily Schlarmann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 6-14 45.

     Three-pointers: K. Recker 2, Steiner.

     Rebounds: Monticello 33 (Kuper 10, McDonadl 6, K. Recker 6).

     Total fouls: Monticello 12.

 

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