Monticello emerges with win over Midland

Posted December 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

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PHOTO: Allison Ries of the Panthers fights out of a trap attempt by Midland’s Morgan Petersen (23) and Alaina Martensen Dec. 21 in Monticello. (Photo courtesy of Dianna Rucker, Rucker Photography)


By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Monticello couldn’t wait to get back on the court.

After tough loss against Anamosa Dec. 14, and a week-long layoff due to a postponement, the Panther girls basketball team turned things around with a 29-25 victory over Midland in a non-conference game Saturday, Dec. 21 in Monticello.

“We needed a victory against Midland to help us rebound from the Anamosa game,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “The girls needed to go out and prove that the Anamosa game was a fluke. It gave us our confidence back.”

Allison Ries scored nine points and Sonya McCormick added eight as Monticello (2-2, 3-3) evened its record heading into the holiday break.

“I thought we did a very good job on the defensive side,” Kremer said. “We did a great job of communicating to one another. I thought we did a nice job with our press; we were able to trap and get some turnovers out of it.”

Mandi Miles had seven steals and Ries had six for the Panthers. Traci Plummer led the team in rebounding with nine.

The Panthers led the low-scoring battle 10-6 at halftime, the opened a larger lead before the Eagles came back.

“We were in control most of the way, but we made some bad decisions down the stretch to allow Midland back into the game,” the coach said. “We hit some key free throws to seal the win.”

Midland was led by Briana Schurbon, with nine points and eight rebounds; and Morgan Petersen, eight points. Mackenzie Petersen had six points, seven rebounds and four steals. Alaina Martensen also made four steals.

A scheduled home game against West Liberty Dec. 20 was postponed due to winter weather.

Following the holiday break, the Panthers will return to action with three straight road games, Jan. 3 at North Cedar, Jan. 4 at Tipton and Jan. 7 at Cascade.

The next home game is scheduled for Jan. 10 against Bellevue. On Jan. 11, the Panthers will play in Rivalry Saturday, 1 p.m. against Iowa City Regina at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Dec. 21

Midland 4 2 7 12 – 25

Monticello 8 2 9 10 – 29

MIDLAND (25) – Gabi Martens 0-0 0-1 0, Alaina Martensen 0-4 0-1 0, Briana Schurbon 3-6 3-5 9, Morgan Petersen 1-5 6-12 8, Mackenzie Petersen 1-8 4-7 6, Rylee Andresen 0-1 2-4 2, Kayla Bisinger 0-2 0-0 0, Aubrie Soper 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 5-27 15-30 25.

MONTICELLO (29) – Mandi Miles 1-4 3-5 6, Ellen Schlarmann 0-8 2-2 2, Allison Ries 1-8 7-10 9, Traci Plummer 2-7 2-4 6, Sonya McCormick 1-8 6-8 8, Mckenna Kremer 0-1 0-0 0, Macey Spensley 0-0 0-0 0, Kori Bohlken 0-2 0-1 0, Shay Stephen 0-2 0-2 0, Sydni Tuetken 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 5-40 18-30 29.

Three-pointer: Miles.

Rebounds: Midland 38 (Schurbon 8, Ma. Petersen 7), Monticello 30 (Plummer 9, McCormick 6).

Total fouls: Monticello 22, Midland 21.