Lady Cubs make strides against Aurora
Monett falls in dogfight to Lady Houn' Dawgs, still sees progress
Monett Coach Kelly George was all smiles after a 71-39 loss to Aurora on Thursday.
No, George has not lost her mind or grip on reality. She knows that her team is 0-12, but her excitement was founded in the way her performed after two weeks of grueling practices.
"Since the first of the year, we've worked on nothing but the most basic of fundamentals," George said. "Spacing, proper foot work, rebounding technique. Tonight, I saw that transitioned into our play on the floor."
Aurora entered the Thursday night contest overlooking the winless Lady Cubs and the Lady Houn' Dawgs quickly found themselves in a dogfight.
Monett rallied from a 6-0 start to lead 11-10 after the first eight minutes of play.
"We took care of the ball and got the ball down low for some easy baskets," George said. "What I saw was a group of girls playing together and having fun."
The Lady Houn' Dawgs were visibly frustrated with the intensity of play by the Lady Cubs.
Aurora burned three timeouts in the first half to try to quell the Monett swarm, and Coach Jim Moore was even saddled with a technical foul for auguring with the officials about the Lady Cubs' style of play in the second half.
Monett trailed 24-22 at halftime.
The second half, another issue that does not have an easy solution reared its ugly head.
As fatigue mounted, Aurora was able to go to its bench for depth, a luxury Monett does not have.
The Lady Houn' Dawgs used a quick 10-0 spurt to tilt the game to their favor.
"We ran out of gas," George said. "Everyone could see it coming. Yet, the girls gave me everything they had, as a coach, that is all I can ask for."
Monett shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half and turned the ball over just 11 times.
"We have gotten better as the season has gone along," George said. "I feel a lot better about going to Marionville next week."
The Lady Cubs open play on Monday in the Lady Comet Classic against the No. 1 seed Marionville. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.