Faster starts and stronger inside play top Montgomery's areas for improvement, and the Vikings dialed in both for a convincing win over Petaluma in the girls' NBL-SCL Challenge on Monday.
A step quicker at both ends, Montgomery was getting the open shots and forcing Petaluma into rally-sapping turnovers. Keeping the Trojans off the scoreboard for half of the first period and responding to a pair of Petaluma runs, Montgomery pulled away for the 58-39 win.
"We wanted to stop them inside. Overall we did a pretty good job on defense and attacking on offense," said Montgomery center Claire Donnelly, an anchor in the post.
One of the Empire's hottest teams, Petaluma was reminded that taking care of the ball is critical to success against top teams in the North Coast Section playoffs.
"We could have done better. It was frustrating," said Petaluma point guard Kierra Lizama. "We've got to step up our game for the playoffs."