Panthers shake off loss, overwhelm Alburnett

Posted December 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

A convincing win over Alburnett helped ease the pain of a home loss to Cascade three days earlier, as the Monticello High School girls basketball team began Tri-Rivers Conference play last week.

Cascade started the season ranked seventh in the state in Class 3A, and moved up to sixth following the 30-24 win over Monticello Tuesday, Nov. 27.

But it wasn’t an easy win for the visiting Cougars, who led by as much as nine in the fourth quarter but saw the Panthers keep battling back.

“I thought we battled the entire time,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We had chances to take control at many different points in the game.

“I thought the girls played well against an experienced team. There was not much I could have asked for out of them.”

Cascade’s tight zone defense kept Monticello the perimeter for much of the game, and the Panthers were held to 18.5 percent shooting from the field (5-for-27).

“We need to attack them more on offense and make a few more shots,” Kremer said.

Despite that, the Panthers were still in the game in the final period. Three-point baskets by Mandi Miles and Paxtyn Keleher cut the margin to 29-24 with 4:13 to play.

Only one more point was scored the rest of the way, a free throw by Cascade, as the Panthers struggled to score.

 Those struggles were greatly minimized three days later at Alburnett, where Monticello rode a 32-10 first half to a 53-23 victory Nov. 30.

 The Panthers shot much better – 34.4 percent - and scored 21 baskets. They had scoring from 10 different players, led by Lael Lubben, who had 12 points. Allison Ries came off the bench to score eight points, Miles had seven, and three other Panthers – Sonya McCormick, Tessa Leibold and Traci Plummer – had six apiece.

 Monticello dominated on the boards, 40-26, led by McCormick with eight. Leibold and McCormick made three steals apiece. Keleher had five assists.

“I thought we played pretty well for most of the game,” Kremer said. “I thought we rebounded very well on the offensive side, and executed the offense very well.”

The Panthers came out of the week 1-1 in the Tri-Rivers, and 2-1 overall.

Monticello is in the midst of a three-game week this week, including a Dec. 4 game at Edgewood-Colesburg, a Dec. 7 home game with Central City, and a Dec. 8 game at Anamosa.

Nov. 27

Cascade 8 8 11 3 – 30

Monticello 4 7 7 6 – 24

CASCADE (30) – Abbey Meyer 2 3-8 8, Holly Hunt 2 0-0 4, Aspen Lynch 2 0-1 4, Molly Vonderhaar 0 1-2 1, Brianna Hostert 1 0-0 3, Elle Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Megan McDermott 0 0-0 0, Carolyn Trumm 1 0-2 2, Mallory McDermott 2 2-3 6, Katelyn Green 0 0-0 0. Totals 11-38 5-16 30.

MONTICELLO (24) – Mandi Miles 2-6 1-2 7, Andrea Bone 0-3 0-0 0, Paxtyn Keleher 1-7 3-4 6, Lael Lubben 1-1 0-0 2, Allison Kraus 0-2 2-2 2, Ellen Schlarmann 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Thompson 0-2 1-2 1, Sonya McCormick 0-4 2-4 2, Tessa Leibold 1-1 0-0 3, Allison Ries 0-1 0-0 0, Kori Bohlken 0-0 0-2 0, Traci Plummer 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 5-27 10-18 24.

Three-pointers: Meyer, Hostert; Miles 2, Leibold, Keleher.

Rebounds: Monticello 29 (Keleher 9, McCormick 7), Cascade 23.

Total fouls: Cascade 19, Monticello 18.

Nov. 30

Monticello 16 16 9 12 – 53

Alburnett 6 4 5 8 – 23

MONTICELLO (53) – Mandi Miles 2-3 1-11 5, Andrea Bone 0-2 0-1 1, Paxtyn Keleher 1-8 2-6 4, Lael Lubben 4-9 4-4 12, Allison Kraus 0-2 1-5 1, Ellen Schlarmann 0-5 0-0 0, Allison Ries 3-4 0-0 8, Tessa Leibold 3-6 0-0 6, Hannah Thompson 1-4 1-2 3, Sonya McCormick 3-7 0-4 6, Traci Plummer 3-6 0-1 6, Kori Bohlken 0-3 0-0 0, McKenna Kremer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-61 9-20 53.

ALBURNETT (23) - Maddie Volesky 2-5 2-2 6, Taylor Huber 1-7 1-2 3, Kathy Sorensen 0-1 1-4 1, Jill Freeland 1-5 0-2 2, Madison Miller 5-11 0-1 10, Maddie Martin 0-2 1-2 1, Taylor Wilson-White 0-3 0-0 0, Sarah Wehrkamp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-34 5-13 23.

Three-pointers: Bone 2.

Rebounds: Monticello 40 (McCormick 8, Keleher 5), Alburnett 23.

Total fouls: Monticello 13, Alburnett 13.

PHOTO: Andrea Bone of Monticello (left) battles Cascade’s Brianna Hostert for a loose ball Nov. 27. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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