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HS Girls Basketball Report BY ALAN BRAKE
December 2, 2012Montgomery County High School
BASKETBALL LADY WILDCATS PLAY IN MC TOURNEY
The Montgomery County R-2 Lady Wildcats basketball team played 3 games last week in the 42nd Annual Montgomery County R-2 Invitational Tournament. On Monday, November 26, they lost to Bowling Green 57-12. On Wednesday, November 28, they lost to Clopton 59-27. On Friday, November 30, they lost 31-22 to cross-county rival Wellsville-Middletown.
The Lady Wildcats could never get going on offense in the Bowling Green game on Monday, as they only made 2 field goals (both in the third quarter) and 8 free throws. Meanwhile, Bowling Green did not have any problems making its shots throughout the game.
BG led 14-1 at the end of the first quarter, and then outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-2 in the second quarter to lead 26-3 at halftime. The second half was more of the same as BG outscored R-2 23-5 in the third quarter to lead 49-8. With a “running clock” in the fourth quarter the scoring was limited, but BG still outscored R-2 8-4 to make the final score 57-12.
Emily O’Keefe led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 4 points (1 FG, 2FTs). She was followed in the scoring by Shelby Roark, Hope Eoff and Elinor Arens with 2 points each (Roark 1 FG, and Eoff and Arens 2 FTs each), and Makayla Yager and Danielle Schmidt with 1 point each (1 FT). Mackenzie Yager, Jessica Dryden, Lauren McGarvey, Delaney Benney, and Sammie Korte also played, but did not score.
In other key stats, Roark led the team in rebounds with 6, followed by O’Keefe with 5. Eoff led the team in steals with 3, followed by Schmidt with 2.
The Lady Wildcat offense faired somewhat better in the Clopton game on Wednesday. However, the defense did not improve as the Lady Wildcats committed 23 fouls, which led to Clopton shooting 41 free throws.
Clopton made 5 field goals, 2 3-point shots and 4 free throws in the first quarter to take a 20-5 lead. In the second quarter, the Lady Hawks outscored R-2 21-6 to lead 41-11 at halftime. The second half was much closer, as Clopton only outscored R-2 18-16 (10-9 in the third quarter and 8-7 in the fourth quarter) to make the final score 59-27.
Makayla Yager led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 8 points (3 FGs, 2 FTs). She was followed in the scoring by Schmidt with 5 points (2 FGs, 1 FT), Arens with 5 points (1 3-pointer, 2 FTs), Mackenzie Yager with 4 points (1 3-pointer, 1 FT), Eoff with 2 points (2 FTs), and O’Keefe, Roark and McGarvey with 1 point each (1 FT for each). Dryden, Benney and Korte also played, but did not score.
The Lady Wildcats were close to picking up their first win of the season in their game on Friday. However, Wellsville-Middletown was able to take control of the game in the fourth quarter and kept R-2 from winning.
Both teams scored 5 points in the first quarter, but the Lady Wildcats outscored W-M 10-8 in the second quarter to take a 15-13 lead at halftime. W-M then outscored the Lady Wildcats 6-4 in the third quarter to tie the game at 19-19. Unfortunately the Lady Wildcats could only come up with 3 made free throws in the fourth quarter, while W-M made 2 baskets and 8 free throws to outscore R-2 12-3 and win the game 31-22.
Mackenzie Yager led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 9 points (3 3-pointers). She was followed in the scoring by Schmidt with 4 points (all FTs), Eoff with 3 points (1 FG, 1 FT), O’Keefe and Arens with 2 points each (both 2 FTs), and Makayla Yager and Dryden with 1 point each (1 FT each). Roark, Benney and Korte also played, but did not score.
This week the Lady Wildcats have 2 non-conference games. On Monday, December 3, they played at Orchard Farm (St. Charles County). On Thursday, December 6, they will host Warrenton at the R-2 High School Gym. The Jr. Varsity game will start at 6:00, and the Varsity game will start around 7:30.
Next week the Lady Wildcats play 2 East Missouri Conference games. On Monday, December 10, they will play at Bowling Green. On Thursday, December 13, they will host Wright City. On both nights the JV team will play the first game at 6:00, with the Varsity game starting around 7:30.
The Lady Wildcat players and coaches encourage you to attend their games, to support them and cheer them to victory.