The Montesano High School girls basketball team ended its regular season schedule with a perfect 20-0 on Feb. 6. The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Rochester and came home with a 54-36 win over the Lady Warriors.
“It is unbelievable,” coach Julie Graves said. “It seems like the season just started. Everybody has been talking about (going undefeated), but to be able to finish it out I’m kind of speechless.”
Montesano (20-0, 12-0) came out slow on offense in the beginning and was fueled by its defense in the first quarter. Points off turnovers helped the Lady Bulldogs grab a 12-5 lead after one quarter and head into halftime up 23-15.
As snowflakes fell outside the gym, Montesano began to heat up inside to score 24 points in the third quarter led by 11 from freshman Jordan Spradlin. The six-foot-one-inch post worked to get open on the right side of the key and scored seven points on four straight possessions.
“I thought the kids did a great job,” Graves said. “Everybody was able to look inside and get (Spradlin) the ball and she works really hard to get good position.”
Spradlin led Montesano in scoring with 22 points, followed by 17 points from junior Megan Choate. Freshman Shayla Floch added seven points.
Graves said one of the aspects of this year’s Lady Bulldogs is how truly unselfish the team plays.
“They really do get along,” Graves said. “It doesn’t matter to them who is scoring the points. They have one goal and when they step out on the basketball floor as a team they want to win.”
Even though they finished the regular season perfect, the Lady Bulldogs aren’t satisfied with a league championship. They have their sights set on a district and state championship and Graves said that starts one game at a time.
“We just talked about one game at a time,” Graves said. “That has been our mentality that here is our next opponent and that is who we are preparing for. You can’t go 20-0 without winning the first game. The kids have really bought into preparing for each opponent and it has worked out so far. We got another season ahead of us right now.”
“They are able to give each other constructive criticism and they take it,” Graves said. “They are willing to work together and they are willing to push each other.”