Easy does it; Panthers crush two opponents

Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Two similar wins, by lopsided margins, boosted the record of the Monticello girls basketball team last week.

The victories, 61-20 against Alburnett in Monticello Jan. 15; and 50-17 at Central City Jan. 18, had at least one thing in common.

“In both games we got off to a very good start,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “I thought we did a good job of applying pressure, which led to easy buckets. We shot much better against Alburnett than we did against Central City.”

Against Alburnett, three Panthers scored in double figures, led by Andrea Bone, who shot 8-for-13 from the field and finished with 17 points. Ellen Schlarmann went 5-for-8 from the field and totaled 12 points, while Paxtyn Keleher was 4-for-5 from the floor and had 10 points.

It all contributed to an outstanding shooting effort for Monticello, 27-for-46 from the field (59 percent).

Mandi Miles had seven assists and four steals. Lael Lubben and Hannah Thompson had six rebounds each.

“I thought Hannah Thompson, Sonya McCormick and Ellen Schlarmann came off the bench and gave us solid minutes,” Kremer said.

The Panthers (9-3, 13-3) started in similar fashion Friday at Central City. They outscored the Wildcats 18-2 in the first quarter, and led 35-8 at halftime.

Keleher led the team n scoring with 12 points, pulled down six rebounds and made four assists. Lubben, Schlarmann and McCormick had six points apiece. McCormick was the team rebounding leader with nine. The team had 20 steals, including four each from Miles and Bone, and three apiece from Allison Kraus and McCormick.

Monticello was scheduled to play three games this week, at home against East Buchanan Jan. 22, at Starmont Jan. 25, and a home game against Northeast of Goose Lake Saturday, Jan. 26. The Saturday game will be played at Monticello Middle School because the high school is hosting the Tri-Rivers Conference Wrestling Tournament.

Jan. 15

Alburnett 2 4 8 6 – 20

Monticello 19 11 15 16 – 61

ALBURNETT (20) – Taylor Huber 3-14 3-4 9, Maddie Volesky 0-0 0-0 0, Kathy Sorensen 0-2 0-0 0, Jill Freeland 1-6 0-0 2, Madison Miller 1-5 3-6 5, Maddie Martin 1-3 0-0 2, Mackenzie Steepleton 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Wilson-White 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Werhkamp 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Ross 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 7-37 6-10 20.

MONTICELLO (61) – Mandi Miles 1-1 0-0 2, Andrea Bone 8-13 0-0 17, Paxtyn Keleher 4-5 0-0 10, Lael Lubben 3-4 0-0 6, Allison Kraus 1-4 0-0 2, Ellen Schlarmann 5-8 1-2 12, Sonya McCormick 3-5 1-2 7, Kori Bohlken 2-2 0-0 4, Hannah Thompson 0-1 1-2 1, Allison Ries 0-1 0-0 0, Anna Finger 0-2 0-2 0, McKenna Kremer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-46 3-8 61.

Three-pointers: Keleher 2, Bone, Schlarmann.

Rebounds: Monticello 29 (Lubben 6, Thompson 6), Alburnett 18.

Total fouls: Monticello 9, Alburnett 7.

Jan. 18

Monticello 18 17 6 9 – 50

Central City 2 6 3 6 – 17

MONTICELLO (50) - Mandi Miles 0-3 2-4 2, Andrea Bone 3-6 0-2 6, Paxtyn Keleher 4-10 3-4 12, Lael Lubben 2-5 2-2 6, Allison Kraus 1-3 3-6 5, Ellen Schlarmann 2-6 1-2 6, Sonya McCormick 3-9 0-0 6, Hannah Thompson 0-0 4-4 4, Anna Finger 1-3 0-0 2, McKenna Kremer 0-3 1-2 1, Allison Ries 0-2 0-2 0, Kori Bohlken 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 16-28 50.

Three-pointers: Keleher, Schlarmann.

Rebounds: Monticello 45 (McCormick 9, Keleher 6),

Total fouls: Monticello 16.

PHOTO: Ellen Schlarmann (10) looks to make a pass for Monticello in the Jan. 15 home game, guarded by Alburnett’s Taylor Huber. (Photo courtesy of Dianna Rucker)

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