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South Callaway Girls Tourney Recap
January 20, 2014Montgomery County High School
LADY WILDCATS PLAY IN SOUTH CALLAWAY TOURNAMENT LAST WEEK
The Montgomery County R-2 Lady Wildcats played 3 games in the South Callaway Tournament last week and lost all 3 games. The Lady Wildcats’ record is now 3 wins and 9 losses.
In the First Round game on Tuesday, January 14, they lost to Hermann (ranked #1 in the state for 3A schools and the tourney’s #1 seed) 77-32. On Thursday, January 16, they lost to New Bloomfield 56-34 in a Consolation Semifinal game. On Friday, January 17, they lost to the tournament’s host school South Callaway 59-52. Hermann went on to win the tournament championship.
Facing another strong Lady Bearcats’ team, the Lady Wildcats struggled once again against Hermann. Hermann showed why they are ranked #1 in the state polls, by jumping out to a 30-5 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Wildcats had a much better second quarter, but Hermann still outscored them 15-11 to lead 45-16 at halftime.
The Wildcats had another good offensive quarter in the third quarter, scoring 10 points, but Hermann was able to score 24 points and led 69-26 at the end of the quarter. The game clock ran continuously in the fourth quarter, due to the “30-point lead Mercy Rule”, so the teams did not score as many points as in the previous quarters. Hermann outscored the Lady Wildcats 8-6 to win the game 77-32.
Playing for the first time this season Elinor Arens (out due to health conditions) led the Lady Wildcats in scoring in this game with 11 points (2 field goals/FGs, 2 3-pointers/1 of 2 free throws/FTs). She was followed in the scoring by Emily O’Keefe with 9 points (4 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Anna Ash with 7 points (3 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Delaney Benney and Victoria Weitkamp with 2 points each (1 FG each); and Viv Worsham with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs). Hope Eoff and Sammie Korte also played in the game, but did not score.
NEW BLOOMFIELD GAME
The Lady Wildcats had a more solid game on Thursday against New Bloomfield, as NB gradually built its lead before coming away with a 22-point win. New Bloomfield outscored the Lady Wildcats 12-8 in the first quarter and 13-6 in the second quarter to lead 25-14 at halftime.
The Lady Wildcats were able to score 10 points in the third quarter, but NB scored 17 to lead 42-24 at the end of the quarter. NB then outscored Montgomery County 14-10 in the fourth quarter to win the game 56-34.
Eoff led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 14 points (3 FGs/2 3-pointers/2 of 4 FTs). She was followed in the scoring by O’Keefe with 6 points (3 FGs); Arens and Ash with 5 points each (Arens 1 FG/1 3-pointer, and Ash 1 3-pointer/2 of 2 FTs); and Benney and Weitkamp with 2 points each (1 FG each). Korte, Worsham and Megan Ramo also played in the game, but did not score.
SOUTH CALLAWAY GAME
The Lady Wildcats played their best game of the week, and had their best offensive output of the season (52 points) against SC on Friday. However, lack of height and foul trouble kept them from coming away with the win.
Even though SC had 3 players that were 5’11” or taller, the game was close throughout the first half. South Callaway led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Lady Wildcats’ two tallest players (Weitkamp and Worsham) were on the bench with foul trouble, but the Lady Wildcats were still able to outscore SC 13-12 to make it a 1-point game (22-21) at halftime.
The Lady Wildcats then outscored SC 11-10 in the third quarter to tie the game at 32-32. Then in the fourth quarter the offenses for both teams really took off, as the teams scored a combined 47 points. Once again, the Lady Wildcats got into foul trouble and had to play a “shorter” team against the taller SC team.
Although the Lady Wildcats were able to make 8 of 11 FTs in the fourth quarter, SC was able to gradually build a lead and then keep that lead by making 14 of 20 FTs themselves. SC outscored the Lady Wildcats 27-20 in the last quarter and won the game 59-52.
Eoff led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 17 points (2 FGs/13 of 16 FTs). She was followed in the scoring by Arens with 13 points each (4 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 of 2 FTs); O’Keefe with 11 points (4 FGs/3 of 5 FTs); Benney with 8 points (4 FGs) and Ash with 3 points each (1 FG/1 of 3 FTs); and Benney and Weitkamp with 2 points each (1 FG each). Weitkamp and Worsham also played in the game, but did not score.
The Lady Wildcats have two home games this week (both non-conference games). On Monday, January 20, they hosted New Haven. Then on Thursday, January 23, they will host Owensville. The Jr. Varsity game will be played first, starting at 6:00 p.m. The Varsity game will follow, and will start around 7:30 p.m.
Next week the Lady Wildcats will play in the Hermann Tournament. They received the #7 seed for the tournament, and will play Owensville in a First Round game on Monday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hermann Middle School Gym. A brief report concerning the complete Hermann Tournament schedule should be in another report in this issue of the Standard.