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Young Monett squad falls Willard Lady Tigers

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Working hard. Faith Schmidt, a sophomore at Monett, works the ball around two Willard defenders during Monday night's girls basketball home opener against Willard. Schmidt led the Lady Cubs in scoring with 10 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The 2011-12 Monett Lady Cubs basketball season got off to a rocky start as they fell 70-19 to Willard in the season opener Monday night.

"Willard is a good team; we knew that coming into the game," said Monett coach Derrek Uhl. "We are a young program and made some mistakes that led to easy baskets for the Lady Tigers. We are still learning, and we have a lot of problems to fix. We can't fix them all at once, so we will focus on a couple and get better."

Willard's line-up featured four returning starters that quickly allowed the Lady Tigers to establish control of the game. Willard scored 16 points before Monett sophomore Faith Schmidt answered with the Lady Cubs' first point.

Monett junior Raigan Ratliff puts up a shot in the fourth quarter of Monett's season opener against Willard on Monday night. Ratliff finished the evening with 2 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett's starters had zero combined varsity starts entering the evening and 12 different Lady Cubs' saw the floor during the contest.

"I have been wondering where we were going to find scoring for our games," said Uhl. "Even though we struggled tonight, I saw some things that were really positive. Kelsey Wiseman played a great game off the bench; she has the ability to develop into a good player."

Monett trailed 16-1 at the end of the first quarter and 48-8 at halftime. Monett had 17 turnovers in the contest.

Schmidt led the Lady Cubs with 10 points. Abby Krueger added 3 points. Allie Krueger and Raigan Ratliff chipped in 2 points each and Cheryl Barnes and Wiseman recorded 1 point apiece.

Willard was paced by Brook Duncan with 16 points. Mariah Stewart and Amber Percival recorded 10 points each.

"With any young team there are some problems that need to be addressed," said Uhl. "We know we can't fix everything at once. The key will be to focus on one or two main problems and work our way through them."

The Lady Cubs will be in action on Monday in the Carl Junction Tournament. The Lady Cubs face Liberal. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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