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Monett's hard work finally pays off with a win

Monday, January 21, 2013

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock Getting in close. Fatih Schmidt score 2 points as the Monett Lady Cubs earned their first victory of the season with a 50-47 win over Verona.
The Monett Lady Cubs basketball team hadn't had much success in the win column this season.

In fact, the Lady Cubs hadn't won a game this year entering the Jan. 19, seventh place matchup against the Verona Lady Wildcats.

Monett's coach, Kelly George kept encouraging her team to push and believe and finally the Lady Cubs (1-16) broke through and earned a 50-47 victory.

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock Ball security. Verona's Leann Hesemann tries to strip Monett's Kelsey Wiseman during action at the Marionville Lady Comet Classic on Jan. 19.
Verona twice built 15-point leads (25-10, 37-22) only to watch the scrappy Lady Cubs scratch their way back.

"Tonight was a total team effort," said George. "It is a process and we added another brick to that process tonight."

Verona built a 20-10 lead after on period and led 33-20 at halftime on the strength of six 3-pointers.

Even though Monett was down double-digits at halftime they were far from out of the game.

"We were able to get any shot we wanted in the paint," said George. "We just didn't hit them in the first half. I told the girls to keep attacking."

Monett switched to a man pressure that gave the Lady Wildcats fits.

Verona struggled to score and Monett began to peck away at the lead.

The Lady Cubs outscored the Lady Wildcats 15-8 in the third period and trailed 41-35 to open the final frame.

Kelsey Wiseman's driving layup with 2:40 left tied the game and Cheryl Barnes free throw a minute later gave the Lady Cubs their first lead of the game since the 15 second mark of the first period.

Brooke McLeans' free throws with 20 seconds left in the game sealed the victory.

Scoring for Verona: Taylor Pinkly, 14; Shelby Barsotti, 11; Tessa Bilyeu, 9; Leann Hesemann, 7; and Hannah Hilton, 6.

Scoring for Monett: McLean, 15; Haylee Morris, 14; Wiseman, 9; Faith Schmidt, 5; Barnes, 4; and Kailee Ticknor, 3.

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