Montabella girls basketball ties school record with 15th win


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:09 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 

MONTABELLA 44, NEWAYGO 36 

Newaygo 5 3 9 19 — 36

Montabella 11 10 11 12 — 44

NEWAYGO (2-16) — Grimard 1 4-6 6, Albright 1 1-2 3, J. Campbell 1 0-1 2, Boyd 1 5-8 7, Tiernan 4 0-0 8, Diese 4 0-0 10. Total 12 10-17 36. Three-point goals: Diese 2. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.

MONTABELLA (15-5) — Korte 2 0-0 6, Irani 2 0-0 6, Smith 1 0-1 2, Larson 3 2-4 8, Miller 5 5-10 16, Okkema 3 0-1 6. Totals: 16 7-16 44. Three-point goals: Korte 2, Irani 2, Miller. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.

 

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s girls basketball team has put themselves in the record books.

The Mustangs tied a school record for wins in a season when they knocked off the Newaygo Lions 44-36 in the final regular-season game.

Montabella ended the regular season with 15 wins, which ties a record set in 1992.

“We can think of at least five different games where we could have owned the record but at least we got a share of it,” Montabella coach Terry Larsen said.

The Mustangs (15-5) had an easy time of getting the lead on the Lions (2-16). Montabella led at the half 21-8.

“Both teams wanted to run and that’s exactly what we did,” Larsen said. “We hit some shots and we got some better looks on our fast break than they did on theirs.”

Larsen also credited his team’s defense for the early lead.

“Our press was what got us off to a fast start,” he said.

But Larsen didn’t want Montabella to rest on that.

“They (Newaygo) have had a lot of close games where they lost by four or five points,” Larsen said. “What we told them at halftime was Newaygo is a team that won’t go away. They’re record is not indicative of how they play.”

After an 11-9 third quarter for the Mustangs, the Lions made it somewhat close, getting to within five in the fourth quarter.

“We had them (Newaygo) in hand and they almost snuck back in. We couldn’t put them away,” Larsen said.

However the three-pointer bailed out Montabella, Larsen said.

“Korte and Irani, they hit three three-pointers that I don’t wan to say broke their (Newaygo’s) back but it sure helped,” he said.

Sarah Miller had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Montabella. Cora Okkema had 14 rebounds in the win.

The Mustangs will have a long break before they will play again. They are off until Feb. 29 when they play the winner of Vestaburg and St. Louis in the Vestaburg district.

“We’ve got a lot of the teams in our district play a zone defense,” Larsen said. “We have to get better against the zone defense, and we have to get a lot of practice shots up. We have a tough district. Anything can happen when you get into the districts.”

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