Big conference wins followed by tough loss to rival

Posted December 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

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PHOTO: Traci Plummer (22) goes to the basket for Monticello in the Anamosa game Dec. 14, guarded by Tawni Menster. (Photo by Pete Temple)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Though the victories were overshadowed somewhat by a rough loss to Anamosa on Saturday, the Monticello Panthers asserted themselves in the River Valley Conference with a pair of big girls basketball wins last week.

In succession, the Panthers (2-2, 2-3) knocked off Camanche, which was ranked 11th in Class 3A, 37-32 in overtime; and then highly-regarded Northeast of Goose Lake 50-45.

At Camanche Dec. 10, the Panthers built a 13-3 halftime lead, shutting out the Indians 6-0 in the first quarter. Camanche rallied with a 14-6 fourth quarter to force overtime with the teams tied 28-28. Monticello then outscored the Indians 9-4 in the extra session to pull out the win.

“I thought we did a nice job defensively, keeping their shooters off balance all game,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We did not give them an easy look.”

Allison Ries had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Camanche. Mandi Miles scored nine points, and had two assists and two steals. Ellen Schlarmann had eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Traci Plummer had nine rebounds and three steals. Shay Stephen made two assists.

The Panthers returned to their home floor Friday, Dec. 13 against Northeast. Ries scored 20 points as Monticello rallied from a 25-19 halftime deficit to secure the win.

“Right now it is the biggest win (of the season),” Kremer said. “We did a good job of finishing and making shots down the stretch when we needed it.”

Ries had 20 points in the Northeast game, along with three steals and two assists. Sonya McCormick added nine points. Miles had seven points, four steals and three assists. Plummer had 13 rebounds.

The downside of the week came on Saturday, also at home, when Anamosa outscored the Panthers 25-2 in the second half to win 39-12.

The Blue Raiders’ stifling defense kept Monticello off the scoreboard in the third quarter, as Anamosa pulled away.

“Unfortunately, there is not one good thing I can say about the Anamosa game,” Kremer said.

Kori Bohlken came off the bench to score four points for the Panthers.

Monticello will play host to West Liberty Dec. 20 and to Midland Dec. 21. The previously scheduled Dec. 17 game at Iowa City Regina has been rescheduled as part of Rivalry Saturday Jan. 11 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Dec. 10

Monti 6 7 9 6 9 – 37

Cam. 0 3 11 14 4 – 32

MONTICELLO (37) - Mandi Miles 2-8 4-11 9, Ellen Schlarmann 2-7 4-7 8, Allison Ries 2-6 5-10 10, Traci Plummer 0-4 4-6 4, Sonya McCormick 1-9 2-4 4, Kori Bohlken 1-2 0-0 2, Mckenna Kremer 0-0 0-0 0, Macey Spensley 0-0 0-0 0, Shay Stephen 0-1 0-1 0, Sydni Tuetken 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-37 19-39 37.

CAMANCHE (32) – Kylie Vogel 1-12 2-4 4, Brettan Hildendorf 0-1 0-1 0, Libby Schnoor 2-6 1-2 5, Lindsey Grams 1-11 2-2 5, Julie Moore 7-11 0-0 14, Jordan Nissen 2-7 0-1 4, Maddie Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Goldbeck 0-0 0-0 0, Payton Vogel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 5-10 32.

Three-pointers: Miles, Ries; Grams.

Rebounds: Monticello 43 (Schlarmann 12, Ries 10, Plummer 9), Camanche 27.

Total fouls: Camanche 29, Monticello 16.

Dec. 13

Northeast 8 17 8 12 – 45

Monticello 8 11 12 19 – 50

NORTHEAST (45) - Tara Klemme 1-4 0-0 2, Addie Oberman 7-16 3-4 17, Alyssa Roth 1-2 2-2 4, Laikyn Schaefer 1-2 0-0 2, Breanne Butler 1-6 0-0 2, Aleenah Marcucci 4-14 5-6 13, Ashley Kruse 1-3 1-2 3, Courtney Stoll 1-4 0-0 2, Nicole Delarm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 11-14 45.

MONTICELLO (50) – Mandi Miles 1-4 4-6 7, Ellen Schlarmann 1-2 3-4 5, Allison Ries 5-8 7-8 20, Traci Plummer 1-8 2-13 4, Sonya McCormick 3-10 3-4 9, Shay Stephen 1-4 3-4 5, Mckenna Kremer 0-3 0-0 0, Macey Spensley 0-0 0-0 0, Kori Bohlken 0-0 0-0 0, Sydni Tuetken 0-0 0-0 0, Jacqueline Petersen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-39 22-39 50.

Three-pointers: Ries 3, Miles.

Rebounds: Monticello 39 (Plummer 13, McCormick 6), Northeast 29.

Total fouls: Northeast 26, Monticello 18.

Dec. 14

Anamosa 9 5 12 13 - 39

Monticello 4 6 0 2 – 12

ANAMOSA (39) – Madison Smith 2-6 1-2 6, Mallory Wagner 2-8 3-3 7, Karli Oltmans 5-8 3-4 13, Katie Schwaegler 4-6 0-0 11, Tawny Menster 1-3 0-0 2, Sydney Wolfe 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Decker 0-0 0-0 0, Meagan Norton 0-1 0-0 0, Riley Hinz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-33 7-9 39.

MONTICELLO (12) - Mandi Miles 1-3 0-0 3, Ellen Schlarmann 0-3 0-0 0, Allison Ries 0-5 0-1 0, Traci Plummer 1-1 0-0 2, Sonya McCormick 1-7 0-0 3, Mckenna Kremer 0-1 0-0 0, Krysten Tighe 0-1 0-0 0, Macey Spensley 0-0 0-0 0, Kori Bohlken 2-2 0-0 4, Rashida Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Becca Burmahl 0-2 0-0 0, Jazmine Reynolds 0-1 0-0 0, Shay Stephen 0-2 0-0 0, Sydni Tuetken 0-0 0-0 0, Jacqueline Petersen 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 5-31 0-0 0.

Three-pointers: Schwaegler 3, Smith; Miles, McCormick.

Rebounds: Anamosa 20, Monticello 19 (Plummer 5).

Total fouls: Anamosa 10, Monticello 9.

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