It was quite a night for Bearcat Pride last Saturday night in the Montgomery High School gymnasium as Hermann’s boys and girls basketball teams took on their opponents in the Montgomery County Tournament and finished as champions.
The Lady Bearcats defeated Montgomery County 61-45 and the boys clipped Bowling Green 47-37.
This little town across the river also took home MVP tournament awards with Quincy Erickson winning the honor for the girl’s team and Trent Anderson capturing the title for the boys.
Lady Bearcat’s defensive game a winning formula
Montgomery County Tournament
Hermann 61 - Montgomery County 45
At the start of the season, Coach Emmons said the team’s strategy was to focus on defense and that showed last Saturday evening. They came roaring out in the first period scoring 19 and another 16 into the second period, holding the Wildcats best shooters, Renee Finke and Sam Queathem to 28 points. The second half was more of the same, holding Montgomery County to 17 points. Overall, the Bearcats had 38 rebounds (23 of those on defense), with Grace Winkelmann pulling down nine of those and Quincy Erickson getting 8. Hannah Grosse and Maya Wideman each had five. There were also three steals in the game and four turnovers.
The Wildcats played tough under the boards screening and blocking Erickson on multiple occasions. Still, she managed to score 26, hitting 40 percent of her shots and going 2-4 on 3-pointers.
Winkelmann hit 67 percent of her shots, scoring 14, and Wideman hit 75 percent, hitting a 3-pointer on her only attempt. The team hit 14 of 21 free throw attempts.
Playing a focused defensive game means going after the ball to create turnovers, but it also means the risk of fouling the opponent. Hermann averaged about 17 fouls in the three games played in the tournament.
“We played a very consistent game against a well coached and talented Montgomery team,” said Coach Emmons. “It was a good team win and we defended well. A lot of girls contributed—we had 9 girls who played more than 10 minutes of the game.”
Hermann 52 - New Haven 38
Quincy Erickson had double-digit shooting, scoring 25 points, hitting 35 percent of her shots. This was the shooting average for the team hitting 18 from 53 attempts. The team was 11-20 on free throws.
Defensively, the Bearcats pressed the Shamrocks into 9 turnovers, four created by Erickson, and had four steals. Erickson also led the team in rebounds with 10, seven of those on defense. The team had 19 fouls with Hannah Grosse fouling out in the game. New Haven played a strong first half, only trailing the Bearcats by one (26-25) at half-time, but Hermann continued to press in the second half and they were able to get under the board to score consistently.
Hermann 67 - Wellsville 10
The Bearcat defense shut down the Tigers’ offense and had no problem scoring. Erickson led with 14 points hitting 58 percent of her shots, but everyone got in on the action. Grace Godat and Maya Wideman each had 9, Elly Krueger had eight, Brianna Thomas and Macie Witthaus had seven apiece and Hannah Grosse got six. The team had lots of opportunities to score, hitting 20-49 or 40 percent of the attempts. They were 15 for 26 attempts on free throws.
Defensively, it was no contest, with 31 rebounds, 25 steals, 7 turnovers and three blocks.