Panthers step up defensively in pair of River Valley wins


Tori McDonald of Monticello (in white) works the ball around the perimeter in the Jan. 16 home game against Bellevue. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Petersen)

Monticello’s Gabrielle Guilford dishes to a teammate in the Panthers’ 48-7 win at Camanche Jan. 14. (Photo by Pete Temple)
GIRLS BASKETBALL
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello stepped up its defensive intensity in a pair of River Valley Conference girls basketball wins last week.         

     The Panthers (10-1, 10-3) held Camanche to two points in the middle two quarters on the way to a 48-7 road victory Jan. 14. Two days later, Monticello allowed just 13 points over three quarters against Bellevue before going on to a 44-33 win Jan. 16. The latter game was scheduled for Friday, but moved up to Thursday because of an impending winter storm.

     On Tuesday, the Panthers held Camanche scoreless for all of the second quarter and more than five minutes of the third before the Indians finally tallied. Camanche made just two field goals the entire game.

     “We have worked really hard to improve the defensive side of the ball so it will help us create easy transition opportunities,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We are getting into the right positions and moving better with the passes.”

     It was a big night for Tori McDonald, who shot 7-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-4 from three-point range, while scoring 18 points. The junior also had six rebounds, five steals and three assists.

     Jordan Kuper had 10 points. Gabrielle Guilford had six rebounds and four steals. Also getting four steals apiece were Gabrielle Steiner and Karli Recker.

     Monticello built a gradual lead in Thursday’s win over Bellevue, outscoring the Comets in each of the first three quarter to take a 28-13 advantage.

     “I thought for three quarters we really defended very well and rebounded exceptionally well,” Kremer said. “As a whole I thought we played very solid.”

     Kuper scored 23 points in that game, shooting 10-for-15 from the field. Karli Recker had seven point. McDonald had six assists and four steals.

     “I think pretty much everyone stepped up their game this past week, which is good to see at this point in the season,” the coach said. “We got great minutes from everyone that came off the bench.”

 

Jan. 14

Monti     12  12  13  11 –  48

Cam.       3    0    2    2  –   7

     MONTICELLO (48) – Gabrielle Steiner 2-5 1-2 5, Tori McDonald 7-7 0-0 18, Gabrielle Guilford 1-4 0-0 2, Karli Recker 2-6 3-4 7, Jordan Kuper 5-9 0-1 10, Lydia Recker 1-4 2-2 4, Carly Hayen 0-6 0-0 0, Bronwyn Hodge 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Schlarmann 0-0 0-2 0, DeLainy Fellinger 0-1 0-0 0, Brea Stahlberg 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Roher 0-0 0-0 0, Jaelyn Aitchison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 6-11 48.

     CAMANCHE (7) – Emy Seeser 1-5 2-3 5, Danika Dodson 1-2 0-0 2, Tarah Wehde 0-4 0-0 0, Lauren Snyder 0-4 0-0 0, Maci Sloane 0-1 0-0 0, Bridgette Hundley 0-1 0-0 0, Maddie Michels 0-1 0-0 0, Erin Short 0-0 0-0 0, Aubrey Carstensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 2-18 2-3 7.

     Three-pointers: McDonald 4; Seeser.

     Rebounds: Monticello 25 (McDonald 6, Guilford 6, Hayen 5), Camanche 14.

     Total fouls: Camanche 9, Monticello 8.

 

Jan. 16

Bell.      4   2   7  20 – 33

Monti    8   7 13  16 – 44

     MONTICELLO (44) – Gabrielle Steiner 3-8 0-0 6, Tori McDonald 0-3 0-2 0, Gabrielle Guilford 2-6 0-0 4, Karli Recker 2-7 2-2 7, Jordan Kuper 10-15 3-5 23, Carly Hayen 1-3 0-1 2, Lydia Recker 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Schlarmann 0-0 0-0 0, Bronwyn Hodge 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 5-9 44.

     Three-pointers: K. Recker.

     Rebounds: Monticello 19 (Steiner 6, Kuper 6).

     Total fouls: Monticello 11.

 

 

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