Panthers win two of three games

Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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BOYS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

It’s nice to get wins, especially big ones, but sometimes it’s good to ramp up the competition as well.

Following a pair of lopsided victories over Tri-Rivers Conference foes Edgewood-Colesburg and Central City last week, the Monticello boys basketball team ran up against a strong Anamosa team Saturday, Dec. 8 in Anamosa.

The Blue Raiders ran up an early 14-1 lead, and despite the Panthers closing the margin to six in the second half, Anamosa went on to a 53-35 victory.

“They have a nice team,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said of the Raiders. “It’s a senior-heavy team, kids who have played a lot of varsity games, and they looked like it.

“We needed that. In the long haul, that will be good for us, playing in a good environment against a good team.”

The Raiders wasted no time taking early control, leading 12-0 midway through the first quarter, and 16-5 by the end of it. Monticello didn’t get its first point until Tim Norton made a free throw with 4:36 left, and its first basket came from Jarrett Easton with 1:14 left.

After that, the Panthers were much stronger.

“I just thought we looked so nervous to start the game,” Lambert said. “We looked lost early on. Then we got some composure and chipped away at the lead.”

Sawyer Herman led the Panthers in scoring with 15 points, thanks mostly to 10-for-13 shooting from the free throw line. Craig Welter came off the bench to grab eight rebounds. Herman and Easton made two steals apiece.

The Panthers shot just 11-for-41 from the field in the game (26.8 percent).

Monticello (3-0, 3-1) was in command during its first two games of the week. At Edgewood-Colesburg Dec. 4, the Panthers ran up a 19-7 first quarter lead, and led 41-19 at halftime. They went on to win 76-40.

“They couldn’t handle our full-court pressure,” Lambert said. “We got them to turn it over multiple times in the first half.

“I thought the kids shared the ball real well. They were very unselfish.”

That led to balanced scoring, with four Panthers in double figures. Herman led the way with 15 points, Matt Holmes added 12, Dallas Lumpa had 11 and Daniel Pike scored 10. Herman also made seven assists, and Jacob Black came off the bench to make four. Easton, Norton and Lumpa had four steals apiece.

At home Friday against Central City, the Panthers outscored the Wildcats in each of the four quarters to gradually pull away to a 58-36 win.

Herman scored 15 points, Holmes had 11 and Easton added 10. Norton had six rebounds and three assists, and Herman made five assists.

“We had good shot selection, and the way we shared the ball and made the extra pass was very good,” Lambert said. “But I thought the defense in both halves looked kind of lost. All the little things we have to do well, we did not do in this game. We need a lot more urgency all the time on defense.”

The Panthers in the midst of another three-game week, with games at East Buchanan Dec. 11, and then two home games, Dec. 14 against Starmont and Dec. 15 against Midland.

Dec. 4

Monticello 19 22 19 16 – 76

Ed-Co 7 12 11 10 – 40

MONTICELLO (76) – Sawyer Herman 5-10 3-3 15, Matt Holmes 6-8 0-0 12, Tim Norton 4-7 0-0 8, Dallas Lumpa 5-6 1-1 11, Daniel Pike 4-7 2-2 10, Cody Jamison 1-1 2-7 4, Michael Melchert 2-3 1-2 5, Jarrett Easton 1-3 0-0 2, Nick Meyer 1-2 0-2 2, Jacob Black 1-2 0-1 2, Mason Newhard 1-1 1-2 3, Craig Welter 1-3 0-1 2, Jesse Iben 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-53 10-21 76.

EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG (40) - Spencer Varner 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Fisher 2-5 0-0 4, Hunter Moser 1-5 0-0 2, Tyler Priem 2-5 0-0 5, Evan Deutmeyer 7-11 5-6 20, Peter Cialfi 3-4 0-1 9, Ryan Moser 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Klamfoth 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler Ries 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Beatty 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-33 5-7 40.

Three-pointers: Herman 2; Cialfi 3, Priem, Deutmeyer.

Rebounds: Monticello 28 (Norton 6, Meyers 4, Black 3), Ed-Co 16.

Total fouls: Ed-Co 18, Monticello 12.

Dec. 7

Central City 7 10 11 8 – 36

Monticello 15 18 12 13 – 58

CENTRAL CITY (36) - David Mosher 4-11 0-0 8, Brandon Stevens 0-5 2-4 2, Chad Griggs 7-12 1-2 18, Skyler Matthias 0-1 0-0 0, Dylan Berg 3-6 0-3 6, Nick McCarry 0-2 2-4 2, Hunter Rollinger 0-0 0-0 0, DeShawn Luedeman 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Kerslake 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-37 5-13 36.

MONTICELLO (58) – Sawyer Herman 3-8 8-10 15, Matt Holmes 4-7 2-2 11, Tim Norton 0-0 0-2 0, Dallas Lumpa 4-5 0-0 8, Daniel Pike 3-8 0-0 6, Jarrett Easton 5-7 0-0 10, Jacob Black 2-5 0-0 4, Nick Meyers 1-3 0-0 2, Cody Jamison 1-1 0-0 2, Michael Melchert 0-2 0-0 0, Craig Welter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 10-14 58.

Three-pointers: Griggs 3; Herman, Holmes.

Rebounds: Monticello 28 (Norton 6, Lumpa 5), Central City 11.

Total fouls: Monticello 16, Central City 15.

Dec. 8

Monticello 5 15 8 7 – 35

Anamosa 16 12 11 14 – 53

MONTICELLO (35) - Sawyer Herman 2-11 6-10 15, Matt Holmes 2-6 1-4 5, Tim Norton 1-4 1-3 3, Dallas Lumpa 0-4 0-0 0, Daniel Pike 3-5 0-1 6, Jarrett Easton 2-6 1-4 5, Craig Welter 2-3 0-1 4, Cody Jamison 0-1 0-2 0, Michael Melchert 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Black 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-41 12-24 35.

ANAMOSA (53) – J.C. Ditch 6 2-2 16, Josh Schulte 3 0-0 7, Spencer Barnes 4 0-0 10, Michael Maruga 2 2-4 6, Robbie Takes 1 1-5 3, Bryce Switzer 1 0-1 3, Demetrik Brown 0 0-0 0, Daniel Finn 0 0-1 0, Nick Burnell 2 0-0 4, Drew Beal 0 2-2 2, Justin Buck 0 2-2 2, Alex Frederick 0 0-0 0, Gavin Timp 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-17 53.

Three-pointers: Herman; Ditch 2, Barnes 2, Switzer, Schulte.

Rebounds: Monticello 30 (Welter 8, Herman 6, Pike 5).

Total fouls: Anamosa 23, Monticello 20.

PHOTO: Monticello’s Tim Norton lofts a shot over an Anamosa defender Dec. 8 in Anamosa. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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