Panthers excel in opener

Carly Hayen of Monticello drives the baseline during the Panthers’ season opening win over Camanche. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Lydia Recker of Monticello (in white) is fouled driving to the hoop in the Camanche game.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     A distinct height advantage, a strong start, and two outstanding individual performances added up to a lopsided victory in the season opener for the Monticello High School girls basketball team.

     The Panthers rode early leads of 10-0 and 14-2, and a 27-13 second half advantage, to a 59-35 win over Camanche Nov. 26 at MHS.

     “I thought we did an outstanding job of playing as a team,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We played with intensity for the entire game. Never a lull.”

     Senior Gabrielle Steiner set a school record by making 13 steals in the game, to go along with seven points and five assists.

     “She’s so active at the top of the zone,” Kremer said. “If they try to go over (with a pass), she’s going to get it.”

     Steiner’s game was part of a height advantage that had Camanche coach Andrew Carbajal, after the game, telling Kremer that “his girls couldn’t see anything.”

     Senior center Jordan Kuper benefitted from that as well, collecting a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

     “For her first game, she was pretty solid,” coach Kremer said.

     Carly Hayen scored 10 points, while Steiner and McDonald finished with seven apiece. McDonald made seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Guilford also had six rebounds. Bronwyn Hodge came off the bench to score four points and pull down four rebounds. Lydia Recker had five points.

     Overall, the team made 32 steals. Tori McDonald had six of those, and Gabrielle Guilford had four.

     “I thought we moved well with the pass,” the coach said. “I thought we did a nice job of putting pressure on them to make the pass we wanted them to throw.”

     Monticello’s 14-2 lead had the added bonus of five different scorers. The Panthers led 19-11 at the end of the first quarter, and 32-22 at halftime. A 16-6 third quarter edge then broke the game open.


Nov. 26

Cam     11 11    6   7 – 35

Monti  19 13 16 11 – 59

     MONTICELLO (59) – Gabrielle Steiner 3-8 1-3 7, Tori McDonald 3-8 1-6 7, Gabrielle Guilford 1-5 0-2 2, Carly Hayen 4-9 2-4 10, Jordan Kuper 10-18 0-0 21, Lydia Recker 2-4 1-2 5, Bronwyn Hodge 2-8 0-0 4, Brea Stahlberg 1-3 0-0 2, Emily Schlarmann 0-3 1-2 1, DeLainy Fellinger 0-1 0-0 0, Jaelyn Aitchison 0-2 0-0 0, Madison Butterworth 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Roher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-69 6-19 59.

     Three-pointers: Kuper 1.

     Rebounds: Monticello 41 (Kuper 10, McDonald 6, Guilford 6).

     Total fouls: Monticello 9.



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