NEW MARKET – North Montgomery ran into a buzz saw Saturday night in their Class 3A Sectional 25 semi-final matchup against Class 3A, No. 7, Benton Central. The Bison rattled off the game’s first 34-points as they cruised to a 64-24 victory over the Chargers to advance to Monday’s championship.
Madi Welch scored the Chargers first two points from the free throw line with 4:50 remaining in the second quarter. Their first field goal came as time expired at the half, as Tori Warren hit a baseline jumper.
“We were a little oversized and overmatched. Give BC credit, their coaches had them prepared,” said Charger head coach Ryan Nuppnau. “We didn’t do a good job of taking care of the ball (they committed 23 first half turnovers). They’re a strong, physical, and aggressive team, and they capitalized on our mistakes.”
The Chargers received contributions from their underclassmen as junior Emily Sennett scored 7, and Welch and Maddie Moseley 4 each.
“We’re really excited to see our young players step up and play hard,” Nuppnau said. “Madi gave us great minutes, and Lydia Dugard was hustling on both ends of the floor.”
Benton Central (22-4) had three in double figures led by Emma Fisher and Tressa Senesac’s 11.
They’ll face Lebanon Monday at 7:00 at Southmont.
North Montgomery finishes their season at 3-20, and they’ll say goodbye to seniors Kendall Humphreys, Mady Altman and Warren.
“We’re really going to miss our seniors. They were the catalyst of the team, and they provided great leadership,” Nuppnau said of the trio. “They’re great girls, and we’re going to miss their leadership, and their team attitude.
“I could always count on those three to keep things positive and improving,” he continued. “We appreciate their contributions to the program and wish them luck going forward.”

BENTON CENTRAL 64, NORTH MONTGOMERY 24
BISON 24 22 13 5—64
CHARGERS 0 6 10 8—24

BENTON CENTRAL
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
FISHER 4-4 3-5 0 0 11
T. SENESAC 4-9 1-1 3 0 11
STRAWSMA 4-4 2-2 3 1 10
MINNIEAR 1-3 0-0 0 1 3
MEADOWS 0-0 1-2 1 2 1
COFFMAN 4-6 0-0 4 3 9
TUCKER 3-5 0-0 2 4 7
K. TOLEN 2-7 0-2 7 4 4
COOLEY 2-6 0-2 5 2 4
WILLIAMS 2-3 0-0 3 1 4
C. TOLEN 0-2 0-0 1 0 0
A. SENESAC 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 26-49 7-14 29 19 64
Percentages: FG .531, FT .500. 3-Pointer: 5-15 (T. Senesac 2-6, Minniear 1-1, Coffman 1-2, Tucker 1-3, K. Tolen 0-1, Cooley 0-1, Williams 0-1) Team Rebounds: 6.

NORTH MONTGOMERY
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
SENNETT 2-6 1-2 3 3 7
WARREN 1-13 0-2 4 3 4
MOSELEY 0-1 4-6 2 2 4
HUMPHREYS 1-4 0-0 3 3 2
ALTMAN 0-1 0-0 4 3 0
WELCH 0-2 4-6 1 1 4
McCLASKEY 1-4 0-0 2 1 2
GABLE 0-0 1-3 1 0 1
DUGARD 0-1 0-0 3 1 0
Totals 5-32 10-19 23 17 24
Percentages: FG .156, FT .526. 3-Pointer: 2-7 (Sennett 2-2, Welch 0-1, Humphreys 0-2, Warren 0-2) Team Rebounds: 10.