Three-game week results in two wins

Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Having a strong group of bench players is always valuable, especially when a team has a busy stretch of games.

That applies to the Monticello girls basketball team, which last week began a 15-day period in which it will play seven games.

The Panthers (2-2, 4-2) had three of those games last week, bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss at Edgewood-Colesburg to defeat Central City and Anamosa.

“They are doing a great job adapting to the busy stretch,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We are in very good shape and we can go very deep into our bench.”

Monticello opened play last week with a 61-58 loss at Ed-Co. The Panthers rallied to take a 45-41 lead after three quarters, and led by as many as nine in the final period, before the Vikings came back to steal away the win.

“Ed-Co was able to come back because we missed layups and turned the ball over at critical times,” Kremer said. “During the game we had too many communication errors that led to easy buckets for them.”

Lael Lubben led Monticello in scoring with 14 points, while Paxtyn Keleher added nine points, Allison Kraus had eight, Andrea Bone had seven and Sonya McCormcik had six. Kraus and McCormick were the leading rebounders with 10 apiece. Keleher made five assists, and Mandi Miles had five steals.

The Panthers recovered three days later and dispatched visiting Central City 46-21 Dec. 7. Monticello shut out the Wildcats in the first quarter while taking a 12-0 lead, and led 26-4 at halftime.

“It was very important for us to learn from the loss and play well, which we did,” Kremer said. “I thought Sonya McCormick played very well off the bench, as did Hannah Thompson. Our bench has been very good this season.”

Keleher scored 10 points to pace the Panthers, while Kraus had eight and Anna Finger hit a pair of three-pointers to finish with six. McCormick had nine rebounds, and Ellen Schlarmann had eight. Miles and Keleher each made four of the team’s 23 steals.

The Anamosa game, a 50-47 victory for the Panthers, was stop-and-go, with 48 fouls being called and a total of 61 free throws being attempted by the two teams combined.

“I think it can work against you at times, especially when you are on a roll,” Kremer said. “The stoppage takes you out of your rhythm or flow to the game.”

Despite that, it was a back-and-forth game that wasn’t settled until the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Anamosa led 20-17 at halftime, but the Panthers went on a 16-5 run in the first six minutes of the third quarter to take a 33-25 lead. The eight-point margin held up at the buzzer, with the Panthers leading 35-27.

Monticello led 39-30 on a basket by Lubben with 5:33 to go, but Anamosa scored the next seven points to get back within two.

A 9-3 run, with Kraus getting two key baskets, put the Panthers ahead 48-40 with 2:06 to go.

The Blue Raiders pulled to within five, and an intentional foul was called on Monticello with 13.6 six seconds left. Anamosa’s Nicole Sanborn sank both free throws to make it 50-47, and the Raiders took the ball with a chance to tie the game.

A three-point shot missed, however, and the ball went out of bounds with 6.5 seconds to play. The Panthers were able to inbound the ball and run out the closing seconds.

“I thought we did a nice job down the stretch, but we need to make our free throws,” Kremer said. “I thought Lael Lubben played a very good game all-around; she dominated the boards all night. I thought Allison Kraus had a very nice fourth quarter, and Mandi Miles and Allison Ries continue to do an exceptional job at the point.”

Lubben had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Keleher had nine points, four assist and three steals, and Miles made three steals of her own.

This is another three-game week for the Panthers; Dec. 4 at East Buchanan, Dec. 7 at home against Starmont and Dec. 8 at home against Midland.

Dec. 4

Monticello 7 13 25 13 – 58

Ed-Co 4 19 18 20 – 61

MONTICELLO (58) - Mandi Miles 1-3 2-6 4, Andrea Bone 3-11 0-0 7, Paxtyn Keleher 4-7 0-0 9, Lael Lubben 5-11 4-6 14, Allison Kraus 3-8 2-6 8, Ellen Schlarmann 1-3 0-0 2, Allison Ries 1-6 0-0 2, Tessa Leibold 1-7 0-0 2, Hannah Thompson 2-6 0-0 4, Sonya McCormick 3-10 0-0 6, Traci Plummer 0-0 0-0 0, McKenna Kremer 0-0 0-0 0, Kori Bohlken 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-72 8-18 58.

EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG (61) - Haley Bergan 4-13 3-5 14, Courtney Putz 0-11 0-0 0, Kari Fitzpatrick 10-19 1-3 21, Shelby Meyer 0-6 1-4 1, Bri Kintzle 1-4 0-1 3, Mikayla Steger 2-4 0-0 6, Sydney Rhines 0-5 0-0 0, Steph Funke 1-6 2-4 5, Alison Kelchen 3-5 1-2 7, Rachel Moser 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 23-75 8-19 61.

Three-pointers: Bone, Keleher; Bergan 3, Steger 2, Funke, Kintzle.

Rebounds: Monticello 54 (McCormick 10, Kraus 10), Ed-Co 49.

Total fouls: Monticello 18, Ed-Co 17.

Dec. 7

Central City 0 4 10 7 – 21

Monticello 12 14 13 7 – 46

CENTRAL CITY (21) – Sam Nielsen 0-3 1-5 1, Ashley Iehl 3-12 2-3 10, Promise Wright 2-6 3-4 7, Kelsey Kellogg 0-6 0-2 0, Jackie Appelhans 0-2 0-0 0, Mikayla Edwards 1-1 1-2 3, Sam Koehn 0-1 0-2 0, Shelby Malone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 6-31 7-18 21.

MONTICELLO (46) – Allison Ries 0-2 2-2 2, Andrea Bone 1-2 0-0 2, Paxtyn Keleher 4-9 2-2 10, Lael Lubben 2-4 0-0 4, Allison Kraus 3-5 2-2 8, Mandi Miles 0-3 1-3 1, Sonya McCormick 2-8 0-2 4, McKenna Kremer 1-2 0-0 2, Ellen Schlarmann 0-5 0-0 0, Tessa Leibold 1-7 1-3 3, Kori Bohlken 1-3 0-0 2, Hannah Thompson 1-7 0-2 2, Traci Plummer 0-3 0-0 , Anna Finger 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 18-63 8-16 46.

Three-pointers: Iehl 2; Finger 2.

Rebounds: Monticello 49 (McCormick 9, Schlarmann 8), Central City 22.

Total fouls: Central City 18, Monticello 16.

Dec. 8

Monticello 8 9 18 15 – 50

Anamosa 9 11 7 20 – 47

MONTICELLO (50) - Mandi Miles 3-4 0-0 6, Andrea Bone 2-5 3-10 8, Paxtyn Keleher 2-12 5-6 9, Lael Lubben 4-7 6-9 14, Allison Kraus 3-3 1-1 7, Allison Ries 0-1 0-0 0, Tessa Leibold 1-2 1-5 3, Sonya McCormick 0-5 1-6 1, Ellen Schlarmann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-44 17-33 50.

ANAMOSA (47) - Mallory Wagner 4-6 2-5 11, Kaity Meade 1-2 0-0 3, Nicole Sanborn 4-12 8-12 16, Karli Oltmanns 1-3 1-3 3, Katie Schwaegler 2-5 2-2 8, Cassidy Smith 1-5 0-0 3, Sophia Corpstein 0-0 3-6 3, Tawny Menster 0-0 0-0 0, Kate Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-34 16-28 47.

Three-pointers: Bone; Schwaegler 2, Wagner, Meade, Smith.

Rebounds: Monticello 29 (Lubben 14), Anamosa 22.

Total fouls: Monticello 30, Anamosa 18.

PHOTO: Allison Ries sets to put up a three-point shot for Monticello Dec. 8 in Anamosa. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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