The game got more physical than usual in the Montgomery County gym last Thursday night as the varsity Lady Bearcats beat the Wildcats 61 to 43. A player on each team had to leave the court after being shaken up in aggressive play during the game. Offensively, for the Bearcats, it was all about the free throws, hitting 68 percent—29 out of 43 attempts. The regular shooting wasn’t the Bearcats usual game. Quincy Erickson had 19 points for the night and was seven for nine at the free throw line and Allison Stiers had 16, followed by Grace Winkelmann with eight. Winkelmann was also six for six at the free throw line.
“We did a really nice job attacking the rim even though our shots weren’t falling,” said Coach Emmons. “Montgomery is a well coached team and play very hard. Anna Henke and Hannah Prior had big games for them and compete really hard.”
The Bearcats shot only 26 percent for the night (16-62), so it was their free throw accuracy and aggressive defensive play that made the difference. Defensively, the girls were tough under the boards and went head-to-head with the Wildcat’s Anna Henke and Hannah Prior, with Stiers and Elly Krueger pulling down 13 and 11 rebounds respectively. Erickson had nine rebounds and Korinna Bickmeyer had five, for a team total of 48. Stiers also had two steals, created three turnovers and had two blocks under the boards. Emma Godat had two steals, created two turnovers and had a block.
“Even though the shots weren’t falling, the girls played consistently hard and gutted out a tough road win,” added the coach.