LINDEN – The North Montgomery girls’ basketball team drove
for 12 straight points in the third quarter against Danville Friday but could not
keep the momentum, giving Danville the win 46-32.
A sluggish first quarter saw a total of four points between
both teams in the first seven minutes.
“During the first half there weren’t much exes and ohs to
talk about,” Charger coach Ryan Nuppnay said. “We talked about effort,
attitude, and will. And that showed in the third quarter. They didn’t back down
After four points from Danville at the start of the third,
the Warriors were 13 ahead before North’s comeback with six from Becca Adams, four
from Caroline McClaskey, and two from Kelsey Sabens. Score going into the
fourth was 26-25.
“We tried to spread the offense out and get more drives,”
Nuppnau commented concerning the size of Danville. “We were trying to attack
their hips more, trying to pull them out of the paint, which worked well in the
third quarter but the fourth quarter we went back to being in the lane too much
and couldn’t get back on defense.”
Danville was only .306 for field goals while North was at
.229 but what really pulled the Warriors ahead was Maleha Motter’s eight free
throws in the fourth quarter.
Motter, Hannah Newby and other starters were pulled in the
first and Nuppnau said that is when they should have capitalized.
“That is a great opportunity for us to take the lead and set
the tone but we just went through the motions,” he said.
North is at 8-11, 3-2 SAC maintain their fifth spot in SAC
after Lebanon defeated Tri-West and Western Boone beat Frankfort. Lebanon and
Danville remain the only undefeated teams in the conference.