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Monte Girls dismantle Tenino

The Montesano High School girls basketball team only needed one quarter to show who the better team was last Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs used a press defense to jump out to a 16-0 lead over Evergreen 1A League opponent Tenino after just one quarter. Montesano continued to control to dominate and led 36-4 at halftime on the way to a 55-16 win.

“In the first quarter our defense led to some easy transition baskets,” coach Julie Graves said. “The kids played really intense on defense and were able to get some steals and lead to some easy offense for us. Anytime you hold a team scoreless in a quarter it is kind of surprising. The kids were ready and they were focused when they stepped on the floor.”

Montesano’s defense caused problems for the Tenino throughout the game and forced 27 turnovers in the contest .

The Lady Bulldogs were led by freshman Jordan Spradlin who scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds and freshman Shayla Floch who scored 14 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter.

“(Floch) is energy coming off the bench,” Graves said. “She has done a great job all season long. You never know what exactly to expect to from freshman. (Floch and Spradlin) are not playing like freshman. They are stepping on the floor as a basketball player, they are a part of our team and they are doing their job.”

Senior guard Megan Choate added 10 points.

Graves said the Lady Bulldogs showed improvement against Tenino, but there are still areas she sees that need improvement. Montesano will be back in action on Dec. 27 at Raymond.

“Every day you have to try to get better so I would hope that we can improve and get to where we need to be and be playing in late February and March,” Graves said.