Monti trips Springville, falls to North Linn

Posted February 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

A big fourth quarter helped pull the Monticello High School girls basketball team even for last week, as the Panthers dispatched Springville 45-26 Friday, Feb. 1 in Monticello.

The game ended the regular season for the Panthers, who finished third in the Tri-Rivers Conference with a 12-4 record, and are 16-5 overall.

It also helped erase the sting of a 57-40 loss to Tri-Rivers champion North-Linn Jan. 29 in Troy Mills.

 After giving up 11 points in the first quarter against Springville, Monticello held the Orioles to just 15 points over the final three periods. The Panthers outscored the Orioles 20-6 in the final quarter, and 29-11 in the second half.

“Springville did a good job of controlling the tempo in the beginning, but once we changed the tempo in the second half, we were able to create some distance,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said.

Andrea Bone led the Panthers in scoring with 10 points, and had five rebounds and four steals. Paxtyn Keleher, Lael Lubben and Allison Kraus had seven points apiece. Keleher made eight assists and blocked three shots. Lubben pulled down eight rebounds, and Mandi Miles made four assists.

On Tuesday, North-Linn broke open a close game in the second half. The Panthers trailed by just four points at the break, 34-30, but the Lynx went on a 10-3 run to start the third quarter, taking a 44-33 lead and control of the game.

North-Linn outscored Monticello 23-8 in the second half.

“I thought North-Linn did a nice job of executing in the second half,” Kremer said.

Keleher led the Panthers in scoring with 14 points; Kraus and Bone had six apiece. Hannah Thompson came off the bench to lead the team in rebounds with eight, and Lubben grabbed six. Miles, Keleher and Lubben had two steals apiece. Lubben blocked two shots.

“We did a poor job of blocking out, executing in the half court, and had way too many defensive breakdowns,” Kremer said. “You cannot give a quality team a bunch of second chance opportunities.”

Regionals next

Monticello will open Class 3A regional play with a quarterfinal game against Anamosa Saturday, Feb. 9 in Monticello. The winner will play either Union or Center Point-Urbana in a semifinal game Feb. 13 in Center Point.

Jan. 29

Monticello 12 18 5 5 – 40

North-Linn 16 18 13 10 – 57

MONTICELLO (40) – Mandi Miles 1-4 0-2 2, Andrea Bone 0-2 0-0 6, Paxtyn Keleher 5-15 4-5 14, Lael Lubben 2-5 0-0 4, Allison Kraus 2-5 2-2 6, Hannah Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Tessa Leibold 0-2 2-2 2, Ellen Schlarmann 0-2 1-2 1, Allison Ries 0-0 0-0 0, Sonya McCormick 1-4 1-5 3. Totals 14-43 10-18 40.

NORTH-LINN (57) – Haley Dudley 1-11 0-0 3, Maddie Boer 6-8 2-3 15, Nicole Miller 7-14 7-11 22, Brenna Winn 2-8 0-3 4, Libby Falconer 1-4 1-2 3, Morgan Boer 2-4 3-3 7, Makayla Dobney 1-1 1-1 3, Brooke Dobney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-50 15-27 57.

Three-pointers: Bone 2; Dudley, Miller.

Rebounds: North-Linn 41, Monticello 31 (Thompson 8, Lubben 6).

Total fouls: Monticello 24, North-Linn 16.

Feb. 1

Springville 11 4 5 6 – 26

Monticello 10 6 9 20 - 45

MONTICELLO (45) – Mandi Miles 0-3 2-6 2, Andrea Bone 5-12 0-3 10, Paxtyn Keleher 3-11 1-5 7, Lael Lubben 3-7 1-2 7, Allison Kraus 3-7 1-1 7, Hannah Thompson 1-1 1-1 3, Tessa Leibold 2-5 2-2 6, Sonya McCormick 1-4 1-2 3, Ellen Schlarmann 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Ries 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-50 9-22 45.

Rebounds: Monticello 30 (Lubben 8, Bone 5, Keleher 5).

Total fouls: Monticello 15.

PHOTO: Tessa Leibold gathers the ball in for Monticello in the Jan. 29 game at North-Linn. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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