G-Hoop: Lady Trojans hold off Lady Prospectors in Philipsburg
PHILIPSBURG - When their long-range shooting game went dry, the Lady Trojans pounded the ball inside to earn a 47-33 win over Rival Granite Friday night in Philipsburg.
The victory improves Drummond to 10-1 and in a tie with Seeley for first place in the District 13C standings. But with the Lady Trojans holding the tiebreaker, a win over Victor Saturday night at home to close out their district schedule would seal the deal and give them a first-round bye in the postseason tournament that starts Feb. 16 in Hamilton.
Granite decided that the best way to slow Drummond was to take away an integral part of their game - the three-pointer. The Lady Prospector defense did just that as the visitors were unable to score a shot from beyond the arc the entire night.
“It was a battle! We played incredible defense!!” exclaimed GHS Head Coach Cash Laslovich. “Our defense held their three-point shooters to zero threes. We just got in foul trouble early, (and) they scored 22 points off free throws. Our team played amazing defense.”
With Drummond’s outside shooting minimized, the girls in Blue looked inside to senior Liz Perry and 8th grader Remington Cline. The duo combined for 30 points, with Perry scoring 22 and nine in the third period. Perry and teammate Kimber Parsons had 11 rebounds each, with Cline collecting 10. On the night the Lady Trojans had 46 caroms off the glass.
“I'm proud of how these girls played today,” said DHS Head Coach Nate Bignell. “They played great defense and handled the triangle and 2 pretty good. The girls handled adversity and took a step in the right direction.
Drummond narrowly outscored the Lady Prospectors throughout the first three quarters, extending their lead to the final score with a 15-7 run in the fourth.
Perry’s 22 lead all scorers in the game for Drummond, with Cline and Parsons each adding eight.
Senior Rachel Ward led Granite with nine, while Lucia Lee chipped in eight.
Granite will host Seeley Swan Saturday before closing out their district schedule Tuesday in Darby.
Drummond - 12/10/10/15 - 47
Granite - 8/9/9/7 - 33
Drummond - Parsons 7, Parke 3, Hicks 2, RCline 10, CCline 3, Perry 22
Granite - Lee 8, Ward 9, Hill 4, Smith 6, Piar 6
Junior Varsity Girls
Drummond 16, Granite 7
In a game shortened to just two quarters due to personnel availability, the Lady Trojans prevailed over the Lady Prospectors by nine.
CyLeigh Langton and Anna Kate Sawfer each had six points for Drummond with Grace Anderson adding the other four.
Addi Lilyquist led Granite with four points, with Allison Benson scoring two and Ella Tallon one.