CENTRALIA – Having to run through a play-in game to see if they would be able to entertain any post season play, the Lady Bulldogs clipped the Ilwaco Fishermen 44-42 and were matched up against league rival and 1A Evergreen League first place champs, Elma.
The two regular season games between the schools could have gone either way, each game won by Elma, but only by two-points, or one jump shot. Evergreen League fifth place Montesano was ready for the challenge in the first round of District IV play held at Centralia high school on Feb. 8, and came away with a win 49-45.
For Montesano this breaks the seven year winning streak that Elma has had over Montesano starting with the final Elma homegame back on Feb. 9, 2006. At that time Megan Goldsmith and Alyx Choate both played for Elma. Now in the 2012-2013 girls basketball season, sisters of the 2009 teams, Brooke Goldsmith an Eagle and Megan Choate a Bulldog, play on opposite sides of the court with Montesano taking the win.
The Eagles arrived to the school already short one player, senior Megan Finger was benched due to injury and would not see any action. As the game progressed, Elma kept pace with the Bulldogs and took a halftime lead of 21-15, even with another Elma player, Regan Wollen, going down with an ankle injury, unable to return. The second half would be a reverse of the first, in scoring that is, as Montesano would out net the Eagles 34-22.
Leading all players was Bulldog guard Megan Choate with 23 points, she was supported by teammate Bobbi Fry at 13. For the Eagles, Brooke Goldsmith brought in 15 points and Kayla Pacheco contributed nine.
Both teams returned to District play on Feb. 12 with Elma facing a loser out game against Rochester and Montesano set to play Trico Leagues second place team, Woodland.