Elk Lake boys, Lady Meteors win rival match-ups
BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
Round two of the regular season Montrose-Elk Lake rivalry kicked off on Monday, Feb. 3 as the Lady Meteors traveled to Elk Lake to take on the Lady Warriors (1-5).
The Lady Meteors who are undefeated in division play and sit at the top of the rankings in Lackawanna Division IV, kept their winning streak alive by handily defeating Elk Lake 52- 29.
The first quarter had the Lady Meteors outscoring the Lady Warriors 14-6, with Myra Lattimore scoring twice on 3-point shots and Meghan Gilhool dropping in two buckets and foul shots made by Fallon Gurn, Morgan Groover, and two more from Gilhool.
On the defensive side, the Montrose starters, playing without Nicki Lewis who was out with an injury, had no mercy for the Lady Meteors with Groover leading the charge. She had two blocks, one steal, and four rebounds while teammate Lattimore had two blocks and a steal and Gilhool also had one block and a rebound all in the first quarter.
Elk Lake’s Sabrina Clark and Justine Johns each score one basket and Casey Tyler scored two from the foul line and had a block of her own while defending.
The second quarter was similar with Montrose once again scoring 14 points. Angela Russell, Lattimore, Gurn, and Groover all scored a basket each and sophomore, Felicia Quinn, who had her first significant time in a varsity game and played outstanding, scored two baskets. Gilhool once again scored two from the foul line.
Groover’s defensive skills were on display again with four blocks and a rebound. Russell, Gilhool, and Gurn also had rebounds and Lattimore had a steal.
Elk Lake improved on their first quarter performance by scoring eight points; four from McKaela Perrot and one each from Julie Van Etten and Johns.
At half time the Lady Meteors had doubled up the Lady Warriors with a score of 28-14.
The Montrose defense stepped up during the third quarter tallying 11 rebounds to Elk Lake’s one rebound. With Gilhool, Montrose’s leading scorer, sitting out the third quarter due to foul trouble, the rest of the Lady Meteors effectively stopped the Lady Warriors, only allowing five points to be scored.
Clark and Tyler each scored a field goal for Elk Lake and Van Etten added a point off a foul shot.
At the other end of the court Russell and Lattimore each scored one field goal and Groover added in six more points for her three baskets.
Lattimore’s foul shot brought the total points for the Lady Meteors to 11, matching the number of rebounds made by the team who also had three more blocked shots in the quarter.
Gilhool came back in the game for the fourth quarter and made it count, getting six points and two steals. Quinn, Gurn, and Lattimore each made a basket and Russell scored a point from the charity stripe. Lattimore had four blocks and a rebound, while Groover had three blocks and two rebounds.
Quinn showed she can play at the varsity level with a block and one more rebound for a total of four on the night.
The ladies from Elk Lake fought hard and had their best quarter of the game. Van Etten, Johns, and Tyler scored a basket each with Perrot adding four more points. Johns had three rebounds and Perrot had one.
At the end of the quarter Montrose had outscored Elk Lake 13-10. The Lady Meteor’s impressive defense ended the night with 26 rebounds, 20 blocked shots, and six steals. Groover led the defense with 11 blocks and 11 rebounds. Gilhool led the scoring with 14, followed by Lattimore with 13.
Elk Lake’s high scorer was Perrot with 8 points.
The rivalry continued the next night (Tuesday, Feb. 4) when the Elk Lake Boys Basketball Team headed to Montrose to challenge the Meteors. The parking lot and gym were full an hour before the JV game began. It was standing room only to those who showed up any time after 5:30 p.m. for the 7:15 p.m. varsity tip-off.
The first quarter started fairly even and ended with a score of 11-10 in favor of Elk Lake. Warrior points were scored by Tyler Arnold, Matt Woolcock and Nick Dudock. Tanner Reyen scored three from the foul line.
Troy Ely made a 3-pointer for Montrose and Cameron Dean added seven more points.
Elk Lake started pulling away during the second quarter by outscoring Montrose 20-17, which wasn’t enough to make anyone in attendance bat an eyelash, but those little numbers add up to victories.
Austin Smith and Erik Burgh each scored 3-points for Montrose, Ely added four more and teammates Brenton Warner and Frank Fruehan each added a bucket to help the Meteors.
The Warriors answered back with three 3-pointers – two from Woolcock and one from Dudock who also scored five more points. Reyan scored four and Arnold added two foul shots to give the Warriors a 31-27 edge at half time.
A similar pattern happened during the third quarter with Elk Lake once again outscoring Montrose by three points. Warner scored nine for the Meteors and Dean added in four.
At the other end of the court Reyan scored eight, Dudock four, and Arnold and Woolcock two each. The quarter ended with the Warriors ahead by seven and a score of 47-40.
Elk Lake’s big man, Pete McGee fouled out at the beginning of the fourth quarter and sophomore Hunter Watkins subbed in the game to replace him. Montrose fought hard in the last quarter, keeping pace with Elk Lake, but could not make up the seven point deficit.
Ely made another 3-pointer as did Burgh, Warner scored two and Dean scored four more to give the Meteors 12 points for the quarter.
Elk Lake managed to one-up Montrose by scoring 13; Reyan, Dudock, and Arnold each scored a basket and Woolcock scored his third 3-pointer of the night, plus four more points to give the Warriors a win over the Meteors with a final score of 60-52. Dudock was the high scorer for Elk Lake with 18, followed by Reyen and Woolcock with 17 each.
The high scorer for Montrose was Dean with 16, followed by Warner with 14, and Ely with 12.
So the regular season rivalry ended this year with the Montrose girls defeating the Elk Lake girls each time they played and Elk Lake winning each time the boys played.
No matter what, it’s always a big, exciting game when these two schools face each other in any competition. The fans and players view it like no other game in the season, which is exactly what makes it a true high school rivalry.