Girls win moves Meteors to semi round
BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
Earning a bye in round one of postseason play, the Lady Meteors faced off Friday against Lakeland in quarterfinal game action, grabbing a 49-27 win and securing their place in the semifinal round.
The costumed Montrose fans traveled to Carbondale for the top-seeded District II Class AA girls’ team took on the Lady Chiefs who defeated Wyoming Seminary in the first round of the playoffs.
The ladies from Montrose played their typical style of game: fast, aggressive, and excellent defense.
Points totals held close in the first quarter with Montrose outscoring Lakeland by only five points.
Meghan Gilhool’s 3-point shot was on fire and she scored the first two of her four for the night in the first eight minutes.
Myra Lattimore scored four points and Fallon Gurn added in five more points for Montrose.
Lakeland’s ten points came from Natalie Tuffy, Kayla Agentowicz, Madison Harding, and Breann Clauss-Walton.
Under the basket, the Lady Meteors captured double the rebounds of the Lady Chiefs, as well as grabbing two steals and a blocked shot.
The first quarter score was Montrose 15, Lakeland 10.
Domination was the plan for the Lady Meteors in the second quarter. They scored 16 points to Lakeland’s seven, Gilhool scored two more 3-pointers, plus another field goal, Kourtney Snigar and Nicki Lewis each scored a basket and Gurn added four more points.
Lattimore led the impressive Montrose defense, blocking two shots and snagging five rebounds from the Lady Chiefs.
Lewis had a steal, Snigar, who is only a sophomore was a triple threat with a rebound, a steal, and a block and Gurn, who has been a rebounding machine throughout the season grabbed four more bringing her total to an impressive seven in the first half, only matched by Lattimore’s eight in the half.
At half time the score was 31-17 in favor of the Lady Meteors.
Both teams fell into scoring slumps after the half. Lakeland only put up four points in the third quarter, a field goal from Katie Retzback and two foul shots scored by Agentowicz. Montrose fared better with eight points, but the Meteors’ defense severely limited Lakeland’s ability to score.
Lattimore, Lewis, Gurn, and Groover each posted points for the Lady Meteors and as a team Montrose picked up 13 rebounds. Gilhool and Groover pulled in four rebounds each, Lattimore another three, Gurn and Lewis had one each.
Lewis’s quick hands stole the ball twice more from the Lady Chiefs to end the third quarter with Montrose up 39-21.
Lakeland gave a last ditch effort in the final quarter with a motivating 3-pointer from Retzbach. Clauss-Walton scored another basket and spent a lot of time at the foul line, but was unable to help her team gain an edge, only making one of six attempts from the charity stripe.
Lakeland was able to out rebound the Lady Meteors for the first time in the fourth by grabbing seven compared to three from Montrose.
Groover scored seven more points for Montrose before fouling out of the game with 1:59 to go.
Coach Al Smith was able to give his Montrose JV team some playing time so he cleared his bench and the varsity players came out of the game with a huge round of applause and cheers from the Montrose faithful.
Lakeland Coach Pat Walton countered the move by putting in all of the seniors on Lakeland’s team for the last minute to give them one last time to play together as their season ended with a Montrose 49-27 victory.
The high scorer for Montrose was Gilhool with 16, followed by Gurn with 12. Lakeland’s high scorer was Clauss-Walton with 10.
The Lady Meteors will face #4 ranked Holy Cross in the District II Semi-final game on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley View High School.
In other quarterfinal play action, the Lady Eagles of Mountain View fell to Holy Cross, 64-43.
Makenna Whitaker scored 23 points for No. 5 Mountain View.
Mountain View moved into the quarterfinals after picking up a 51-48 win over Northwest in first round play-off action.
Whitaker scored 14 points to lead the fifth-seeded Lady Eagles.
Ariana Gabriel added 13 points for Mountain View and Tori Wilder scored 11.