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Seneca sweeps MMS Lady Cubs

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Working for a shot. Monett's Chloe George drives to the hoop against Seneca's Maranda Cooper during last week's double overtime thriller. George finished the game with 2 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Middle School Lady Cubs seventh and eighth basketball teams tangled with Seneca last Thursday.

The eighth grade "A" team fell 26-20 to the Lady Indians.

"We had some defensive breakdowns off the ball early that cost us," said Monett eighth grade coach Alan Nunemaker. "As a whole, the girls really clamped down and found their game after the first quarter. It is always tough to lose, but I am really proud of these girls."

Putting up the shot. Monett eighth grader Grace Cloud puts up a shot during the Lady Cubs game against Seneca last week. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Katie Tinklepaugh and Lauren Brown led Monett in scoring with 5 points apiece. Lakin English and Aubrey Parker added 4 points each, and Lauren Bass chipped in 2 points.

Seneca's scoring was paced by Willow Rhoades and Elena Wood with 8 points each. Chole Blaylock chipped in 4 points, and Cheyane Brown and Mikaleel Kime recorded 2 point apiece.

The Lady Indians won the eighth grade "B" game 33-27.

Monett was led in scoring by Mackenzie Braden and Leticia Rivera with 8 points each. Also contributing for the Lady Cubs were: Taylor Rhea, 5 points; Ginna Verhoff, 4 points; and Ashton Ratliff 2 points.

Seneca's Carly Reeves and Sidney Sanders tallied 10 points apiece. Also scoring for the Lady Indians were: Olivia Irwin, 5 points; Brown, 4 points; and Kaitlyn Simmons, 2 points.

"From top to bottom the players have shown improvement and the willingness to play hard," said Nunemaker. "I am excited to see what we can do from here on out."

Seventh grade

The seventh grade Seneca Lady Indians prevailed 30-27 over the Monett "A" team in double overtime.

"We did a great job during this game on both ends of the court but just fell short," said Monett seventh grade coach Amy Sampson. "I have been so proud of how far this team has come. The girls are starting to get the hang of our offense and defense. We also have put in a press recently, which has been helping us force turnovers. Last night could've gone either way at any point in the game, and sadly, we were the ones who didn't get the victory."

Lexia Martin led the Lady Cubs in scoring with 13 points. Sarah Childress added 7 points. Emma Hammond contributed 3 points. Myra Dierker and Chloe George tallied 2 points each.

Seneca won the seventh grade "B" game 31-3.

Makayla England had 3 points for Monett.

The Lady Cubs seventh and eighth grade teams will host Carl Junction on Monday. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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