MONTESANO — For three senior Lady Bulldogs, they have played their final home game for the regular season and were showered with attention on senior night Feb. 1, at Bo Griffith Memorial Gymnasium.
Justine Nuckols, Bobbi Fry and Mackenzie Malizia may have taken their last steps on the hardwood of Montesano’s home court, but their season is not quite finished.
Dropping their final home game to Rochester, 51-44, places the Lady Bulldogs at fifth place in the 1A Evergreen Girls Basketball League and sets them for District IV play-in games that started on Feb. 5.
The Bulldogs will travel to face Ilwaco, Trico League’s fourth place, for an opportunity to continue into the post season.
“We started playing to their tempo, so we ended up rushing shots not getting past the first layer of the press,” Julie Graves, Bulldog head coach, said.
Before fouling out in the final minute of the game, Fry contributed 22 points to the Bulldog offense, the only Montesano player to score in the second period. Fry came off the bench and rallied for eight points in the quarter keeping Montesano ahead by five at halftime.
Nuckols, opened up the game with seven, launching the Lady Bulldogs to a ten point lead to close out the first period.
Coming out from the locker room to start the second half, Fry again hit eight with support from Malizia at five. Only Monte seniors scored during that period with Nuckols hitting a three-point field goal. Rochester changed the tempo of the game and closed the gap ending the quarter in a 36-36 tie.
Warriors guard Keeli Demers went four-for-four from the floor in a fourth period rally that sprinted Rochester ahead of the Bulldogs and onto win over the host Montesano team.
Rochester, who finished second in the Evergreen League, will possibly meet Montesano again in District play.