Belding holds down Smith, Montabella


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:40 am on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Montabella’s Sarah Miller (33) goes up for a shot between a couple of Belding defenders on Tuesday night at Redskins Arena. Belding won 50-31.

BELDING — Belding girls basketball coach Brad Wilson wanted to make sure Montabella’s Taylor Smith didn’t beat them Tuesday night.

“Smith, No. 23 from Montabella, is a special player and we knew that going in,” Wilson said. “We wanted to limit her touches and make the others beat us.”

Smith still led the Mustangs, but the Redskins got a 50-31 win.

“We had a good win, the girls played well and we’re rolling right now,” Wilson said of his team.

Belding (10-3) held Montabella (9-6) to just five points in the first quarter.

“We ran a nice trapping scheme defensively that turned into points on the other end,” Wilson said.

The Redskins added to their lead in the second quarter with a 17-11 frame, leading 28-16 at the break.

Belding’s Katie Wood drives in for a shot against the Mustangs on Tuesday night.

“At that point they (Montabella) had four threes in the first half,” Wilson said. “Really the bulk of their scoring was coming from 33 (Sarah Miller) and 23 (Smith). We talked about making other players beat us. There’s a lot of screens involved. We talked about not getting through screens. We had to adjust defensively a little bit and it worked out in the long run.”

Belding put the game away in the third quarter with a 16-8 output.

McKenzie Breimayer had 17 points to lead the Redskins.

“She (Breimayer) is a great player,” Wilson said. “She’s the complete package defensively. She makes plays defensively. She’s just so quick and whoever the opposing point guard, she makes life miserable for opposing point guards.”

Smith still got 14 points to lead the Mustangs. Miller added 8 for 22 of the 31 Montabella scored.

“We face-guarded her (Smith) and she still scored 14,” Wilson said. “She’s a good player. We were pretty impressed with her play.”

While Montabella will host archrival Vestaburg Thursday, the Redskins will play again Friday when they host Wyoming High. The Wolves are undefeated in the O-K Blue Conference.

“Wyoming is as aggressive of a team as I ever seen,” Wilson said. “They have 12 or 13 girls that are interchangeable and they play extremely physical. They’re always looking to steal, they are looking to gain an advantage defensively. They don’t allow you to get into a flow. What we have to do is take care of the ball, take a deep breath and execute offensively. If we can come down and move the ball around and make them play for putting two girls on one and make them pay with free throws we should be OK.

BELDING 50, MONTABELLA 31

Montabella 5 11 8 7 — 31

Belding 11 17 16 6 — 50

MONTABELLA (9-6) — Smith 3 6-8 14, Miller 3 1-4 8, Cutler 2 0-0 4, Daws 1 0-0 3, Lint 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 7-14 31. Three point goals: Smith 2, Miller, Daws. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: none

BELDING (10-3) — M.Breimeyer 6 4-4 17, Wilker 3 5-5 11, H.Breimeyer 2 2-2 6, Baylis 2 1-2 5, Wood 2 1-1 5, Mount 1 0-0 3, Harig 1 0-0 2, D.Rode 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 14-16 50. Three-point goals: M.Breimeyer, Mount. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: none.

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