Balanced Bulldogs blast misfiring Warriors, 54-26

MONTESANO — With balanced scoring, airtight defense and a minimum of mistakes, Montesano’s unbeaten girls continue to foil opposition game plans.

Four players scored in double figures as the Bulldogs trounced Rochester, 54-26, in an Evergreen 1A League girls basketball game Monday night at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.

Ranked eighth among state 1A girls prior to last week’s loss to Elma, Rochester (4-2, 11-2) employed the same strategy that Hoquiam had used semi-successfully in a 46-42 loss to the Bulldogs last Thursday. The Warriors collapsed a zone defense around 6-foot-1 freshman Jordan Spradlin and dared the other Bulldogs to beat them from the outside.

Although it took some time for them to find their shooting touch, Spradlin’s teammates were equal to the challenge.

Junior floor leader Megan Choate, alternating drives with a couple of 3-point baskets, paced all scorers with 14 points. Although seldom able to get the ball on entry passes, Spradlin converted enough offensive rebounds to finish with 13 points. She also pulled down 16 rebounds.

The Floch sisters, Myranda and Shayla, added 12 points apiece for the Bulldogs (6-0, 11-0).

“We’ve got kids who can step up and shoot,” Monte coach Julie Graves said. “They’ve just got to relax and shoot.”

When Graves noted that her team committed a few too many turnovers in the early going, she was speaking in relative terms. Montesano was guilty of three such miscues in the first quarter — and two during the remainder of the game.

“I felt like we played a complete game tonight,” the Bulldog coach said. “We made adjustments throughout the game and we used the clock better (than against Hoquiam).”

Rochester’s game plan worked for the opening quarter. With the Bulldogs misfiring — often by sizable margins — from the perimeter, the Warriors led 10-8 at the first break.

Also playing a zone and again controlling the glass on both ends of the court, Monte allowed only six field goals the rest of the way.

After Shayla Floch tied it with a jumper from the right wing, Choate buried a three-ball from the opposite side to put Monte ahead to stay.

Choate and Myranda Floch each stole the ball and soloed for lay-ins to trigger a 7-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 23-14 halftime advantage.

Baskets by M. Floch and Spradlin and another Choate trey increased the advantage to 14 at the 4:49 mark of the third quarter and Montesano steadily pulled away.

Monte’s Cortney Miller grabbed seven rebounds, while Choate and Kasie Kloempken handed out three assists apiece.

Keeli Demers hit a couple of 3-pointers in topping Rochester with nine points.

The Bulldogs travel to North Beach on Wednesday for the latest makeup of a twice-postponed non-leaguer.

Rochester 10 4 7 5 — 26 Montesano 8 15 14 17 — 54

Rochester (26) — Lancaster 8, Seymour 4, Keeli Demers 9, Kessa Demers, Althauser 2, Hegberg 3, Baird, Justice, Saxon. FG — 10-45 (.222). FT — 3-5.

Montesano (54) — M. Floch 12, Choate 14, Miller 1, Kloempken 2, Spradlin 13, S. Floch 12, Jensen, Bartlett, Schurr, Howard. FG — 22-63 (.349). FT — 7-10.

JV — Montesano 43, Rochester 21. Josie Toyra 10 points for Montesano.


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