BLANCHARD — Lakeview’s girls basketball team kept rolling on Monday night, though according to coach Dave King, it wasn’t pretty.
The Wildcats won their 19th straight game Monday, beating Montabella 44-20 in the first round of the Class C district tournament hosted by the Mustangs.
It took a while for both teams to get on the scoreboard. Lakeview (19-2) got on with a putback by Lauren Jaquays with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter, and Montabella (11-9) needed an Emily Lint free throw to get on the board with 2:39 left in the frame.
“Two good defensive teams and two teams that were really tight on offense,” King said. “It was a really ugly offensive night all night for both teams.”
The difference was the Mustangs were held without a field goal in the first quarter and trailed 10-3.
Montabella didn’t get that first basket until there was 3:50 left in the second quarter. By then they were down 15-3.
“We couldn’t hit our shots,” Montabella coach Terry Larsen said. “I don’t know what our shooting percentage was but it was very low. We got open shots. We couldn’t put them down and they did.”
Larsen said he tried to impress on the Mustangs to get the ball inside.
“We talked about it before the game to not settle for outside shots. Lakeview wants you to take outside shots,” he said. “Even though we’re a three-point shooting team we told them (Montabella) don’t settle for outside and what do we do? We come out and pounding them from the outside. They weren’t falling.”
The third quarter was bad for both teams, as they combined for just four field goals. The Wildcats still led at the end 27-17.
But Montabella made only a Taylor Smith three in the fourth quarter to end their season.
The Mustangs finished with six field goals.
“We wanted to be aggressive in man-to-man and really work on getting to the shooters,” King said. “We made sure everything was contested.”
King specifically wanted to make sure Smith, Sarah Miller and Krista Daws were covered.
“In that order,” he said. “They’re all lights-out shooters, and Madison Cutler, the freshman, can shoot if she’s not contested.”
Smith led four Mustangs who scored with 12 points. Daws was next with five on her 18th birthday. Miller was completely held off the scoreboard.
Lauren Jaquays was Lakeview’s leader with 14.
“Lauren played really really hard and she was the key to the whole defensive scheme because she was defending that post that was out on the perimeter,” King said. “She spent a lot of time in the paint just looking for back screens.”
While the Wildcats play again Wednesday against Ithaca, the Mustangs are done.
“It was frustrating,” Larsen said. “A couple of the good teams we come up against we beat but several good teams beat us too. It was a successful season. These kids are great. They are fantastic kids and very coachable too.”
LAKEVIEW 44, MONTABELLA 20
Lakeview 10 11 6 16 — 44
Montabella 3 6 8 3 — 20
LAKEVIEW (19-2) — Massie 2 1-2 6, Molitor 3 0-0 8, Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Jaquays 5 4-4 14, Lake 1 0-0 2, Mathews 1 0-0 2, Shurlow 2 4-6 9, Heady 0 1-2 1. Totals: 15 10-16 44. Three-point goals: Molitor 2, Shurlow. Total fouls: 9. Fouled out: none.
MONTABELLA (11-9) — Smith 3 3-4 12, Bucao 0 0-2 0, Daws 2 0-0 5, Lint 0 1-2 1, Ripley 1 0-0 2. Totals: 6 4-8 20. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Technical foul: Coach Larsen.