Honoring the seniors. Monett High School recognized members of its girls basketball team prior to Thursday night's game against East Newton. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Nicollette Fellwock and Jessica Schmidt. Second row: assistant coach Leon Lowe, Hunter Glouse, coach Derrek Uhl, manager Jeff Craft and assistant coach Kelly George. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The East Newton Lady Patriots spoiled the Monett Lady Cubs' senior night with a 45-26 victory Thursday night.
"For three quarters our defense gave us a chance to win," said Monett coach Derrek Uhl. "We struggled to get anything going offensively. The girls played hard. It just wasn't our night."
Monett trailed 7-6 after one quarter of play and quickly fell behind 11-6 two minutes into the second period. Two quick baskets by Allie Krueger cut the Lady Patriots' advantage to 11-10, but Monett could not get any closer. East Newton finished the half with an 8-3 spurt and led 19-13 at intermission.
Driving through heavy traffic. Monett freshman Brooke Madison fights through two East Newton defenders on her way to the basket during Thursday night's game. Madison finished the game with 3 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
A 6-0 run greeted the Lady Cubs at the start of the third period as the Lady Patriots outperformed Monett 8 to 2 to lead 27-15 to start the final period.
Before the game, seniors Nicollette Fellwock, Jessica Schmidt, Hunter Glouse and manager Jeff Craft were honored.
Haley Heilig led East Newton with 10 points. Lindsey Broyles and Kourtney Brewster added 8 each for the Lady Patriots.
Just the right touch. Faith Schmidt, a sophomore at Monett, scores 2 points during Thursday night's Big 8 Conference game against East Newton. Monett opens district play on Monday in Carl Junction against Cassville. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Scoring for Monett were: Glouse, 8; Krueger and Cheryl Barnes, 4 apiece; Brooke Madison and Faith Schmidt, 3 each; and Jessica Wiseman and Raigan Ratliff, 2 each.
Monett opens district play on Monday in Carl Junction against Cassville. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.