The Paper photo By Codey Emerson:
Senior Claire Remley will be one of the five seniors that played their final game on Friday night as the Lady Mounties fell to Parke Heritage 67-49.
The Paper photo By Codey Emerson: Senior Claire Remley will be one of the five seniors that played their final game on Friday night as the Lady Mounties fell to Parke Heritage 67-49.

CLOVERDALE – The Southmont Lady Mounties came into Friday night’s sectional semi-final game against Parke Heritage needing just one win to advance to the sectional championship game. Back on Dec. 3 the Mounties took home 58-35 win over the Lady Wolves, however this time the Wolves would get their revenge as they took home an upset win over the Lady Mounties 67-49.

In the first quarter the two teams battled back and forth and ended up tied at 9-9 after the opening period. However in the second quarter is when things started to slowly slip away from Southmont as the Wolves offense caught fire with Junior Hannah O’Brien leading the way. A 23-11 quarter saw the Wolves take a double digit lead into the locker room as the Mounties trailed 32-20.

Things wouldn’t get much better in the second half as quarters of 19 in the third and 16 in the fourth allowed the Wolves to spoil the high expectations for the Lady Mounties. Head Coach Dustin Oakley and the Lady Mounties pride themselves on the defensive side of the ball. And for them to surrender their highest point total of the season was displeasing for Oakley to see.

“Our goal coming in was to hold them to around ten or twelve or less per quarter, and we accomplished that in the first quarter,” Head Coach Dustin Oakley said. “After that they just exploded on us. In our game earlier in the season against them, I thought we did a great job of protecting the paint and the rim and tonight it seemed like everything was just too easy for them. We simply had no defensive presence tonight.”

With the Wolves riding the momentum of Tuesday night’s win over Riverton Parke, the Lady Wolves came into the semi-final winning five out of their last six. They played with something to prove and they came out and did just that.

“We looked sluggish and our ball movement wasn’t good tonight,” Oakely said. “We were careless with the ball and didn’t take some wide open shots that we had. They physically and mentally beat us tonight. I think that’s probably one of the best shooting games they’ve had all season. During our scouting report I told the girls to not let them get comfortable and that’s exactly what happened. It seemed like they had an answer for everything that we did.”

In the loss the Lady Mounties leading scorer, Junior Sidney Veatch was held scoreless which never happens. Sophomore Isabelle Miller led the way with 14 points. In her final game Senior Claire Remley ended with eight points. Despite the season-ending loss, Oakley still was able to reflect on what was a very successful season for his team.

“Our leadership this season was outstanding,” Oakley said. “When we were able to rattle off those seven straight wins after break we saw a different level of competitiveness and spirit with our girls. That was by far one of the best runs that I’ve ever had as a coach. Watching them play our style of basketball was really fun and exciting to watch. It sucks that it ended the way that it did down the stretch though.”

O’Brien led all scorers in the game with 24 points in the win for the Lady Wolves. Grace Ramsay added in 16 points and Senior Mady Millspaugh scored 12. The Lady Wolves will play South Putnam in the sectional championship game tomorrow night at 7:30.

The Lady Mounties end their season with a record of 13-10. They will graduate five seniors in Hannah and Bailey Thompson, Emma Ward, Claire Remley, and Makayla Oppy.