'Noisy' Panthers start by routing three foes


Tyler Luensman of the Panthers beats a North Cedar defender Friday night.
BOYS BASKETBALL
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     For a team that is using “Ignore the Noise” as a slogan for the season, trying to tamp down its preseason hype, the Monticello boys basketball team certainly made a lot of noise last week.

     The Panthers opened the season with three road games, and dominated all three opponents. The closest one finished with a 19-point margin. Monticello beat Bellevue 71-52 Dec. 3, downed North Cedar 65-36 Dec. 6, and pulled away from Maquoketa Valley 54-28 Dec. 7.

     In the Bellevue game, the Panthers overcame what coach Tim Lambert said wasn’t a strong defensive effort.

     “We’re going to be pretty good offensively,” Lambert said. “We have a lot of guys who can score, and we share the ball well. But our urgency on the defensive end has to get much, much better. Defensively, all night, we weren’t very focused.”

     The offense was on full display, with four Panthers finishing in double figures in scoring. Justin Recker had 20 points, shooting 10-for-14 from the field; Luke Lambert added 16, Tate Petersen had 14, and Connor Lambert scored 10.

     Petersen had nine points in the first quarter. Luke Lambert had 14 points by halftime.

     Luke Lambert and Connor Lambert had nine rebounds apiece, and Recker had seven. Connor Lambert had six assists, and Recker blocked four shots.

     Against North Cedar Dec. 6 in Clarence, the Panthers jumped to a 10-0 lead, and held margins of 24-9 after one quarter and 39-15 at the half.

     “I thought it was a really good effort. We shared the ball really well and got good shots,” Lambert said. “And our defense was so much better than it was Tuesday. We were locked in.”

     That was a big night for junior Ty Kehoe, who shot 10-for-14 from the field and scored 22 points, 17 in the first half.

     “Ty really attacked and finished in the first half,” Lambert said. “He has come a long way from his broken leg last year. He has worked hard.”

     Recker added 16 points and seven rebounds. Connor Lambert had seven points and nine rebounds. Luke Lambert had six rebounds and five assists. Kehoe added four steals to his ledger.

     “North Cedar has some athletic kids, and we did a good job all night of containing them,” Lambert said.

     Though the Panthers ended up beating Maquoketa Valley by 26 points Saturday afternoon in Delhi, it was more of a gradual win. Monticello led by nine at the half and by 13 after the third quarter before pulling away with a 9-2 fourth period.

     “I thought Maquoketa Valley did a really good job of slowing the game down,” Lambert said. “They had a good game plan and executed it well.”

     Luke Lambert had 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Part of his scoring included a late third quarter stretch in which he hit a three-point basket, scored and was fouled for a three-point play, and made a layup.

     “There was a stretch in the second half where Luke picked up and went on an individual run that gave us some separation,” coach Lambert said.

     Recker had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Connor Lambert had eight points and four assists. Kehoe and Petersen had six points apiece; Kehoe also had five assists. Devin Kraus came off the bench to grab five rebounds.

 

Dec. 3

Monti  25 19 17 10 – 71

Belle    17 14 16   5  – 52

     MONTICELLO (71) – Justin Recker 10-14 0-1 20, Luke Lambert 4-10 8-9 16, Connor Lambert 3-11 2-2 10, Ty Kehoe 2-5 2-4 6, Tate Petersen 5-12 0-0 14, Devin Kraus 2-2 0-0 5, Tyler Luensman 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Martensen 0-1 0-0 0, Cade Folken 0-1 0-0 0, Riley Manternach 0-1 0-0 0, Jeff Carlson 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Cleeton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 12-16 71.

     BELLEVUE (52) – Andrew Swartz 3-11 0-0 7, Cole Heim 1-5 0-0 2, Isaac Carter 2-8 0-0 4, Jackson Wagner 1-2 0-2 2, Paxton Felderman 7-10 0-1 17, Colby Sieverding 7-10 0-1 18, Ethan Klemme 0-3 2-2 2, Max Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Deppe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 2-6 52.

     Three-pointers: Petersen 4, C. Lambert 2, Kraus; Sieverding 4, Felderman 3, Swartz.

     Rebounds: Monticello 36 (L. Lambert 9, C. Lambert 9, Recker 7), Bellevue 23.

     Total fouls: Monticello 13, Bellevue 11.

 

Dec. 6

Monti      24 15 11 15 – 65

N. Cedar   9    6   9  12 – 36

     MONTICELLO (65) – Justin Recker 6-9 4-6 16, Luke Lambert 1-7 0-0 2, Connor Lambert 3-8 0-0 7, Ty Kehoe 10-14 2-3 22, Tate Petersen 1-6 0-0 3, Jeff Carlson 2-2 1-2 5, Brayden Cleeton 2-2 0-0 4, Riley Manternach 1-2 1-2 4, Cade Folken 1-2 0-0 2, Devin Kraus 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Luensman 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan Martensen 0-1 0-0 0, Jasper Nietert 0-1 0-0 0, Grahm Schneiter 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler McAtee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 8-13 65.

     NORTH CEDAR (36) – Kael Unruh 2-8 0-0 4, Keon McCullough 4-13 0-0 11, Ethan Sahr 2-12 0-1 4, Gage Walshire 5-12 1-2 11, Jacob Sander 0-1 0-0 0, Braden Wink 1-1 0-0 3, Jaxon Sander 1-1 1-2 3, Tyler Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Tadan Lange 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 15-51 2-5 36.

     Three-pointers: C. Lambert, Petersen, Manternach; McCullough 3, Wink.

     Rebounds: Monticello 39 (C. Lambert 9, Recker 7, L. Lambert 6), North Cedar 19.

     Total fouls: North Cedar 17, Monticello 11.

 

Dec. 7

Monti   14 16 15  9 – 54

MV            6 15 11  2 – 28

     MONTICELLO (54) – Justin Recker 6-10 1-3 13, Luke Lambert 5-9 5-6 16, Connor Lambert 3-6 0-0 8, Ty Kehoe 1-2 4-6 6, Tate Petersen 2-4 0-0 6, Brayden Cleeton 1-1 1-2 3, Devin Kraus 1-2 0-0 2, Tyler Luensman 0-1 0-0 0, Riley Manternach 0-1 0-0 0, Jeff Carlson 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Martensen 0-0 0-0 0, Cade Folken 0-0 0-0 0, Jasper Nietert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-36 11-17 54.

     Three-pointers: C. Lambert 2, Petersen 2, L. Lambert.

     Rebounds: Monticello 30 (L. Lambert 7, Recker 6, Kraus 5).

     Total fouls: Monticello 11.

 

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