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Brendan Carl | The Vidette Montesano junior Megan Choate shoots over a Rochester defender during the Lady Bulldogs’ 54-26 win on Monday. Choate led Montesano with 14 points.Buy Photo
Brendan Carl | The Vidette Montesano junior Megan Choate shoots over a Rochester defender during the Lady Bulldogs’ 54-26 win on Monday. Choate led Montesano with 14 points.

The game may not have been perfect, but the Montesano High School girls basketball team’s record remains perfect.

The Lady Bulldogs beat Rochester, 54-26, on Monday to stay undefeated this season.

“I’m happy for the girls because they have put in a lot of time and worked hard,” coach Julie Graves said. “They keep trying to get better and it is paying off for them.”

Montesano (11-0, 6-0) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over the Lady Warriors, but Rochester hit two 3-pointers to grab a 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. That quarter was almost the only blemish for the Montesano on Monday as the Lady Bulldogs settled down and went on a 15-4 run in the second quarter. Rochester double teamed freshman post player Jordan Spradlin throughout most of the game and the defensive strategy of the Lady Warriors opened up some of the other Montesano players to shoot. Montesano continued to dominate and ran away with the game, committing only five turnovers and holding the Lady Warriors below 10 points for each quarter.

“We turned the ball over too much in the first quarter and then at halftime we also talked about if they are going to double team Jordan so much, somebody is going to be open so don’t just take one pass and shoot,” Graves said. “Be patient, because that same shot is going to be there on the fourth pass or eighth pass. We just needed to make sure we were patient and made an attempt to look inside when it was there, but you didn’t just have to catch and shoot. I thought the kids played really well in the second half.”

In addition to the win over Rochester, the Lady Bulldogs notched two other wins last week, beating Forks, 61-19, and Hoquiam, 46-42.

Montesano played close with the Lady Grizzlies on Jan. 9. The two teams were tied after one quarter, 11-11, but the Lady Bulldogs took control in the second quarter by outscoring Hoquiam, 23-6. Montesano was only able to score six points in each of the final two quarters, but it held on to win.

Montesano was led on offense by Kasie Kloempken with 13 points against Forks, and Spradlin was the leading scorer with 17 points against Hoquiam.

Spradlin overcame being double teamed throughout most of the game against Rochester to score 13 points, but the Lady Bulldogs were led by junior guard Megan Choate with 14 points. Junior Myranda Floch and freshman Shayla Floch each added 12 points.

“We’ve got kids that can step up and shoot. They just needed to relax and shoot and then their confidence built and we just continued on,” Graves said.

Montesano may be undefeated through the first six games of the Evergreen 1A League schedule, but Graves said the team has to stay focused on the next test in front of them and not get caught up in their record. The Lady Bulldogs will begin the second half of their league schedule on Friday, when they travel to Rainier.

“We are going to go one game at a time,” Graves said. “You can’t focus on trying to be undefeated at the end of the season. We want to win the next game, so one game at a time.”