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HS Girls Feb Basketball Report by Alan Brake
February 17, 2014Montgomery County High School
LADY WILDCATS PLAY 5 GAMES OVER THE LAST 2 WEEKS
The Montgomery County R-2 Lady Wildcats played 5 games over the past 2 weeks (since the last report). They won 1 of those games, but lost the other 4. They were also supposed to play another game in the Hermann Tournament (a make-up game), but Wright City decided not to send their team.
From 2 weeks ago, the Lady Wildcats played at Clopton on February 3 and lost 68-31 in an EMO Conference game. On February 7, they hosted and defeated Wellsville-Middletown 58-21 in the annual Montgomery County Traveling Trophy game and the annual “Pink Out Game”. This game was also an EMO Conference game.
Last week the Lady Wildcats played at North Callaway on Monday, February 10, and lost 54-27. On Thursday, February 13, they played at Fulton and lost 61-41. Then on Saturday, February 15, they hosted Elsberry on Senior Night (recognition of the 3 Senior players and their parents at the last home game of the season), and lost that game 66-43. The NC and Elsberry games were EMO Conference games.
The Lady Wildcats’ overall record is now 4 wins and 17 losses. Their East Missouri (EMO) Conference record is 3 wins and 4 losses.
The report on the Wellsville-Middletown game will be first, followed by the other 4 games in the order they were played.
Montgomery County R-2 had played Wellsville-Middletown earlier this season in the Montgomery County R-2 Tournament, and won that game 49-36. The Lady Wildcats gained control of this game early and came away with an easier, 58-21 victory.
Five Lady Wildcats scored at least 2 points in the first quarter, and they jumped out to a 13-3 lead by the end of the quarter. The second quarter was almost as good for the Lady Wildcats, as 6 players scored and they outscored W-M 15-8 to lead 28-11 at halftime.
The third quarter was similar to the first two, as the Lady Wildcats outscored W-M 12-8 to make the score 40-19 at the end of the quarter. The Lady Wildcats then outscored W-M 18-2 in the fourth quarter to win the game and the Traveling Trophy by the score of 58-21.
Hope Eoff led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 15 points (5 field goals/FGs, 1 3-pointer, and 2 of 3 free throws/FTs). She was followed in the scoring by Elinor Arens with 12 points (5 FGs/2 of 2 FTs); Emily O’Keefe and Anna Ash with 11 points each (O’Keefe 4 FGs/3 of 5 FTs, and Ash 4 FGs/1 3-pointer); Viv Worsham with 4 points (2 FGs); Delaney Benney and Victoria Weitkamp with 2 points each (Benney 1 FG, and Weitkamp 2 of 4 FTs); and Tayler Lauer with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs). Sammie Korte and Megan Ramo also played in the game, but did not score.
Montgomery County played at Clopton on February 3, fell behind early in the game and never recovered. Clopton got off to a fast start and outscored the Lady Wildcats 17-4 in the first quarter. The Lady Wildcats played almost even with Clopton in the second quarter, but Clopton outscored the Lady Wildcats 18-15, and led 35-19 at halftime.
The second half was more like the first quarter and Clopton was able to win by a large margin. In the third quarter Clopton outscored Montgomery County 21-11, to lead 56-30 at the end of the quarter. Then Clopton outscored the Lady Wildcats 12-1 in the fourth quarter to win the game 68-31.
The Lady Wildcats’ scorebook was off 2 points for the individual scoring. As it was shown in the scorebook, O’Keefe and Arens led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 6 points each (3 FGs each). They were followed in the scoring by Ash with 5 points (2 FGs/1 of 3 FTs); and Benney, Eoff, and Weitkamp with 4 points each (Benney 1 FG/2 of 5 FTs, Eoff 2 FGs, and Weitkamp 1 FG/2 of 2 FTs). Korte, Worsham, Lauer and Ramo also played in the game, but did not score.
NORTH CALLAWAY GAME
In playing North Callaway, the Lady Wildcats were facing a team that had been state-ranked earlier in the season. The Lady Wildcats caused NC to have some problems with turnovers throughout the game, but they were unable to convert those turnovers into points very often. As a result NC was able to gradually build a lead and come away with the 54-27 win.
Despite the turnovers, NC built a 16-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was a bit closer, as NC outscored Montgomery County 11-8 to lead 27-15 at halftime.
North Callaway was able to gain solid control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 18-8 to lead 45-23. In the fourth quarter NC outscored the Lady Wildcats 9-4 to come away with the 54-27 win.
Ash led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 8 points (4 FGs). She was followed in the scoring by O’Keefe and Eoff with 6 points each (O’Keefe 3 FGs, and Eoff 1 FG/1 3-pointer/1 of 2 FTs); Benney with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 2 FTs); and Arens and Weitkamp with 2 points each (1 FG each). Korte and Worsham also played in the game, but did not score.
The Lady Wildcats had a poor first half in this game, then had a very good second half. However, their good second half effort was not enough to overcome the poor first half.
Fulton jumped out to a 21-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The second quarter was not much better, as Fulton outscored Montgomery County 17-7 to lead 38-16 at halftime.
The second half was much better for the Lady Wildcats. The third quarter was very even, as Fulton outscored the Lady Wildcats 13-12 to make the score 51-28. Then in the fourth quarter the Lady Wildcats outscored Fulton 13-10, which means they outscored Fulton 25-23 in the second half. However, this wasn’t enough and Fulton won the game 61-41.
Arens led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 12 points (2 FGs/1 3-pointer/5 of 6 FTs). She was followed in the scoring by Eoff with 7 points (3 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); O’Keefe and Benney with 6 points each (O’Keefe 2 FGs/2 of 4 FTs, and Benney 3 FGs); Ash and Weitkamp with 4 points each (2 FGs each); and Worsham with 2 points (1 FG). Korte also played in the game, but did not score.
For the first 1½ quarters this was a very close ballgame. Elsberry scored the first 4 points of the game, but the Lady Wildcats came back with an 8-0 scoring run to lead 8-4 with 1:10 left in the quarter. However, Elsberry outscored Montgomery County 6-2 the rest of the quarter (including a fast break lay-up with 4 seconds left) to tie the game at 10-10.
Montgomery County made the first basket of the second quarter to take a 12-10 lead. Elsberry then outscored the Lady Wildcats 7-2 to lead 17-14 with 4:30 left in the half. That would be as close as the Lady Wildcats would get, as Elsberry outscored the Lady Wildcats 13-7 the rest of the quarter (including another fast break lay-up with 3 seconds left) to lead 30-21 at halftime.
Both teams played at a much faster pace in the third quarter, and the Lady Wildcats scored 16 points. However, Elsberry scored 18 points in the quarter (including another fast break lay-up with 3 seconds left) to lead 48-37 by the end of the quarter.
Elsberry then started the fourth quarter with a 14-0 scoring run over the first 5 minutes of the quarter, to take a 62-37 lead. The Lady Wildcats outscored Elsberry 6-4 the rest of the quarter, but Elsberry came away with the 66-43 win.
Arens and Eoff led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 12 points each (Arens 2 FGs/2 3-pointers/2 of 2 FTs, and Eoff 1 FG/3 3-pointers/1 of 4 FTs). They were followed in the scoring by Ash with 9 points (3 FGs/3 of 4 FTs); Benney with 5 points (2 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); O’Keefe and Worsham with 2 points each (1 FG each); and Weitkamp with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs). Korte, Lauer, and Ramo also played in the game, but did not score.
The Lady Wildcats’ 2013-14 regular season comes to an end this week, as they play 2 East Missouri (EMO) Conference games on the road. On Monday, February 17, they played at Community R-VI. This Friday, February 21, they will play at Silex in a Varsity double-header with the Wildcats. The Lady Wildcats will play the first game at 6:00, and the Wildcats game will start around 7:30.
Next week the Lady Wildcats will start play in the Missouri District 6 Playoffs Tournament for Class 3 schools (there are 5 classes in basketball in Missouri, based on high school enrollment numbers). The District 6 Tournament will be played at Hermann High School. There should be a separate article on this tournament in this week’s Standard.
Best wishes to the Lady Wildcats, as you finish the regular season this week and then play in the District Tournament next week (and hopefully beyond). Go Lady Wildcats!!