T-Girls can’t come back against Montgomery
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
Montgomery broke quickly to a double digit advantage in the opening minutes and never looked back in getting past Petaluma, 48-42, in the NBL-SCL Challenge on Monday at Sonoma Valley High School.
The Lady Vikings did not give up the lead the entire game, and they led by as many as 13 points until a final last-secondS rush by the T-Girls. Petaluma also pulled to within a 28-22 margin earlier before halftime, but could get no closer.
Hot-shooting Viking point guard Madison Nordby drilled three consecutive shots from distance to discourage any Petaluma rally after intermission.
The diminutive field general and solid shooter added to her 10 points in the first half from the identical spot on the floor on each occasion. She was most effective using quick step-back shot from the top of the circle, and the Petaluma defenders never reacted to her rapid release.
The T-Girls had several chances to crawl back into the contest after low block conversions by center Allison Scranton. A couple of bank shots by the hard-working Petaluma junior kept her team within hailing distance, but there wasn’t enough team offensive support to get a serious rally started.
A 3-pointer by guard Cassie Baddeley kept Petaluma in range, but Montgomery responded with a driving shot by Niambi Saint Louis before the break.
Norby came out smoking in the third period with her trio of shots from distance to pace the Lady Vikings to a commanding, 39-32, advantage after three quarters of play.
There was still several opportunities for Petaluma to crawl back into the contest in the final stanza, but consecutive turnovers without a shot attempt stalled their chances. Scranton knocked in a close-in shot and a free throw with a little over a minute left in the third period, but she didn’t get many opportunities late in the game.
Petaluma finally pieced together a 10-4 run that got the T-Girls to within six points one more time, keyed by a couple of outside shots by lefthander Lisa Guptil.
Following a key timeout by Viking coach Stephen Bell, his team quickly put the game away on four consecutive driving baskets by Saint Louis. Saint Louis was able to fake her way into the open in the middle of the T-Girl defense, and personally shot away the last chances for Petaluma.
Norby led all scorers with 19 points as Montgomery improved to 9-8 overall. Saint Louis overcame early foul trouble to toss in 14 points for the Vikings.
Scranton, now the top scorer for the T-Girls, finished with 10 points, going four for six from the free throw line. She also continued to average double figures in the rebounding for the season by grabbing 13 boards.
Guptil was an offensive threat for Petaluma with nine points and three assists. Maddie Mehciz chipped in six points.
The defeat ended a three-game win streak for the T-Girls who slipped to 10-8 for the season.
Last week, Petaluma recorded two league victorie, defeating Healdsburg, 46-30, and El Molino, 55-19.
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