Teamwork and tough defense fueled big wins on the scoreboard for the Montesano High School girls basketball team Friday and Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs used a full-court press defense to dominate Rainier, 45-23, on Friday, but coach Julie Graves was even more pleased with the effort Montesano gave in a 56-40 win over Raymond Monday.
“We moved the ball well and took shots when they were open,” Graves said. “It was definitely an improvement from last Friday’s game. Friday we looked sloppy at times with careless turnovers, and we didn’t have as much of that tonight. We played better tonight as a team.”
Montesano shared the ball against Raymond with 14 assists as a team.
“We did better with ball reversal and overall ball movement was better,” Graves said. “We were more patient in our half-court offense tonight.”
Freshman Jordan Spradlin led Montesano with 20 points against Rainier and was also the leading scorer against Raymond, with 21 points. She also added 12 rebounds against the Lady Seagulls and shot 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
“She has played a lot basketball and she knows how to use her body and get in position,” Graves said. “She is good at reading where the ball is going to go. If she is down there and she gets fouled she is a pretty good foul shooter.”
Junior guard Megan Choate was also an offensive catalyst for the Lady Bulldogs with six points against Rainier and 15 points against Raymond. Sophomore Courtney Miller added eight points against Raymond.
With only two players returning who spent all four quarters on varsity last season, the Lady Bulldogs had to work at their chemistry early on this season. Graves said Montesano is still a work in progress, but she is excited about the way her team is playing.
“We still have lots of little things to work on,” Graves said. “We are learning how to play together. It is going to take time, but I think we are already seeing some of good things. I don’t think we are far from playing our best. I know this group has a lot of potential and we just have to continue to come in the gym everyday and get better and not be satisfied with where we are at.”