Montabella girls land four on all-MSAC

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:32 am on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Montabella sophomore Sarah Miller makes a move toward the basket during a game this season. Miller earned first team MSAC honors this year.

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s girls basketball team had a record-setting season and the rest of the Mid-State Activities Conference noticed.

The Mustangs had four of their players named to the all-conference teams for their play this season.

Earning first-team honors were Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith. Second-team honors went to Gabby Larson and Emily Korte was honorable mention.

Miller led Montabella in points with 294, rebounds with 162 and blocked shots with 23.

“She’s probably the most complete player we got,” Montabella coach Terry Larsen said of Miller. “She could do it all. We’re working on a couple of things with her already in order to get to the next level. She’s a gym rat and she wants to get better and better.”

Smith was second on the Mustangs in scoring with 179 points, was tops in three-point goals with 28 and three-point percentage with 29.2.

“Taylor and Sara are best friends, which makes them both gym rats,” Larsen said. “Taylor was instrumental in helping to take over the reins of the team when our point guard (Allie Ball) went down. She turned into a real leader this year. Very good on steals and very good on assists.”

Larson was third on the team in scoring with 149 points. She was also third behind Miller and Cora Okkema in rebounds per game with 4.6

“Her first assignment was always the same,” Larsen said. “Whoever the other team’s best player was she guarded them. I had a meeting in December and I told her she could do more. She got intense on defense. She is deceivingly quick.”

Korte led Montabella in assists with 45, but it was her intangibles that were noted by her coach.

“She (Korte) was a leader of the team on and off the court,” Larsen said. “She kept everything together. If some of the other kids needed to be talked to she did that. I told her in May if you want to be captain she has to start leading right now. She did a fine job for her senior year.”

The Mustangs finished 15-6 this season. The 15 wins tied a school record for most wins in a single season.

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