Panther girls are ousted by CP-U

Posted February 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

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By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

The size and physical play of Center Point-Urbana, combined with Monticello’s struggles at the free throw line, combined to put an end to the girls basketball season for Monticello.

CP-U pulled away in the third quarter, led by as many as 24 points, and wound upwith a 58-44 victory over the Panthers in the Class 2A regional semifinals Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Center Point.

“Their size was somewhat of a factor,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “They were the biggest team we have faced all year.”

The Stormin’ Pointers had two primary runs to take control of the game. The first came in the opening quarter, when they put together an 11-2 run to grab a 13-6 lead, and went on to lead 15-7 after the first quarter.

CP-U appeared ready to break the game open in the second quarter, pulling out to a 24-12 lead. But the Panthers finished strong to close the half, outscoring the Pointers 9-5 to trail 29-21.

“We did a nice job of rebounding and not turning the ball over,” Kremer said. “Our execution was much better during that stretch.”

Then, when Monticello’s Andrea Bone scored to cut the margin to six early in the third quarter, the Panthers seemed poised to make a run.

CP-U had other ideas. It put together its second big run at that point, 13-0 over a span of 4:15 to take a 19-point lead, 42-23.

 ”I believe that turnovers were the ultimate downfall during that run,” Kremer said. “We did not value our posses-sions, and got rattled.”

 From then on, the Panthers never got within 15 points again until Anna Finger scored on a three-point shot and Kori Bohlken followed with a basket in the final seconds, creating the final 14-point spread.

Free throws were among the biggest factors. Monticello shot just 10-for-31 from the line for the game (32 percent). CP-U made nine more free throws than the Panthers did for the game, on just one more attempt (19-for-32).

“We mentally broke down in that aspect of the game,” the coach said.

Lael Lubben had a strong performance in her final game, collecting a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Bone finished with seven points, while Paxtyn Keleher and Sonya McCormick had six apiece. Lubben also had three assists and two blocks. McCormick made three steals.

The Panthers finished 12-4 in the Tri-Rivers Conference, and were 17-6 overall.

“I was extremely pleased with the overall performance this season,” Kremer said. “These girls were a lot of fun to coach. We won 17 games, and beat two ranked teams in the same week. We were picked fifth (in the conference) by everyone and got third.

“I thought we exceeded all expectations.”

Feb. 13

Class 2A

Regional semifinal

(at Center Point)

Monticello 7 14 5 18 - 44

Ctr. Pt.-Urb 15 14 16 13 - 58

MONTICELLO (44) – Mandi Miles 0-2 0-2 0, Andrea Bone 3-8 0-4 7, Paxtyn Keleher 2-7 2-10 6, Lael Lubben 3-8 4-4 10, Allison Kraus 0-0 2-4 2, Sonya McCormick 3-8 0-2 6, Hannah Thompson 1-5 0-0 2, Tessa Leibold 1-1 1-2 3, Ellen Schlarmann 1-1 0-0 2, Allison Ries 0-0 0-1 0, McKenna Kremer 0-0 0-0 0, Anna Finger 1-1 0-0 3, Kori Bohlken 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-42 10-31 44.

CENTER POINT-URBANA (58) – Jessica Wooldridge 1-3 1-1 3, Shannon Stone 2-4 2-2 6, Arika Wooldridge 4-7 7-8 15, Kennedy Salow 5-8 9-18 19, Carlie Wilhelmi 2-7 0-1 4, Paige Wilkin 2-3 0-2 4, Cheyenne Kinsella 1-6 0-0 2, Brittany Buelow 1-1 0-0 2, Madeline Roseke 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Kramer 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Brecht 1-3 0-0 3, Margaret Bruce 0-0 0-0 0, Jacey Rees 0-1 0-0 0, Rachael Sackett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-43 19-32 58.

Three-pointers: Bone, Finger; Brecht.

Rebounds: Center Point-Urbana 34, Monticello 32 (Lubben 14, Keleher 7, McCormick 5).

Total fouls: Center Point-Urbana 23, Monticello 22.

PHOTO: Mandi Miles of Monticello drives around a Center Point-Urbana opponent in the regional semifinal game Feb. 13 in Center Point. (Photo by Pete Temple)