2011-03-06 / Sports

Quick start propels NL gals past Montrose in district contest, 53-43

MONTROSE – A strong first quarter propelled New Lothrop’s girls’ basketball team into the district title game as the Lady Hornets captured a 53-43 victory over host Montrose last Wednesday.

New Lothrop took an 18-9 lead by the end of the opening quarter and worked its way to the win as the two GAC teams played to a virtual standstill the rest of the way.

“It was a hard-fought game the whole way as we got an early 10 ponts lead but could not really extend it,” said New Lothrop coach Jim Perry.

“We spent the rest of the game trying to catch up to them and we made a few little runs at them, but they always found an answer,” assessed Montrose coach Stephanie Miller. “They could never get away from us, but we could never really close the gap enough, either.”

The loss came despite the efforts of Kassidi Adams, who scored a game-high 27 points for the Lady Rams. Adams also finished with a dozen rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Teammate Kayla Setzke finished her stellar career at Montrose by scoring 12 points, grabbing five steals and three rebounds, and dishing out three assists.

New Lothrop used the long ball to nail down the win, sinking seven baskets from beyond the three-point arc.

The Lady Hornets were led by Brittany Severn, who scored a career-high 16 points. Erica Confer had 13 markers and Emily Severn netted a dozen points to go with seven rebounds. Jade Gerber had eight points. Morgan Wendling dished out nine assists.

“The girls played tough for 32 minutes and came away with a nice win in a tough playof atmosphere at Montrose,” Perry said. “Some girls really stepped up offensively as our leading scorers, Morgan and Jade, were held in check. Erica Confer and Brittany Severn had season bests of 13 and 16 points. We are looking forward to the opportunity to play for a district title versus a talented Valley Lutheran team.”

New Lothrop took its 19-3 overall record into Friday’s championship game where it faced Saginaw Valley Lutheran, 20-1, for the Class C District # 89 crown.

Meanwhile, Montrose finishes its season with a 12-10 overall record.

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