(December 16th, 2014) – EDON: Falling behind at halftime, the Lady Bombers weren’t able to battle back into the game until the fourth quarter. It was there that they were able to force overtime against the Locomotives that pulled into the Edon station.
The visiting girls from Montpelier were able to slip past the hometown Bombers in that extra period, however, 42-40.
The duo of Hannah Blake and baylee Hageman willed the Lady Locos to victory over a determined Edon squad. Blake, a junior for Montpelier, connected on 2 of her 7 three-point attempts, elevating her to a 14 point performance. She also had 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and an assist in the game. Hageman offered 17 points to the Montpelier cause. She also produced 7 rebounds and a steal.
Stepping up as well for Montpelier was Audrey Pirtle, who scored 8 points for the Locos. Managing 7 rebounds and a steal as well, the junior has, at times, been the third scorer Montpelier so desperately needs to evolve as a unit.
For the Bombers, Alex Kiess bounced back from a lackluster performance against Pettisville in a big way. Putting up 20 points, the Edon senior accounted for exactly half of her team’s points. Kiess also made a steal and an assist, while also pulling down 6 rebounds.
Kaitlin Sonneberger also reigned in 6 boards in the contest. The junior totaled 10 points, while adding a steal and assist to her efforts as well. Senior Kaitlin Chrisman added 9 points and 3 rebounds to the Edon cause.
Montpelier was able to control the boards in this game, bringing in 34 rebounds to Edon’s 22. In particular, the Bombers’ 2 offensive rebounds, despite missing 17 shots, really hindered their ability to score. The numbers of shots attempted was another issue for Edon. Montpelier took 30 more shots the the Lady Bombers, with Edon getting 29 attempts up to the Locomotives 59. With 15 offensive rebounds in the game, it was much easier for Montpelier to earn attempts at the basket.
The Lady Locomotives were also extremely efficient with the ball. They turned it over just 4 times against the Edon defense. The Bombers themselves committed just 12 turnovers, which is typically considered a low number. Still, it’s hard to win when the opponent is playing a near perfect game in terms of possessions.
Despite Montpelier dominating the boards and not turning the ball over, Edon was still able to stay in this game. This is a testament to the will to win possessed by a Lady Bomber team that has had a rough season thus far. The fact that they are still fighting so hard bodes well for how this team will develop as the season progresses.