Lady 'Cats flatten Montrose, 50-33
The Bronaugh Lady Wildcats flexed its muscle in a Golden Valley Vernon County Conference showdown with the Montrose Lady Bluejays Friday night in Bronaugh.
Bronaugh's decisive 50-33 victory improves the Lady 'Cats to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in GVVC-play. Montrose, led by talented freshman Abby Vogel, suffered just its second loss of the season, as it entered Friday's game 8-1 overall and 4-0 in GVVC-play.
With the win, Bronaugh now has the inside track to securing back-to-back regular-season GVVC conference championships.
Victories over Northeast Vernon County Feb. 3 and Miami Feb. 16 ---- both home games, will seal the regular-season crown for Bronaugh.
Bronaugh was lights out in the first quarter, opening the contest on a 16-4 blitz. Montrose then closed its deficit as the Lady Blujays trailed 22-13 at halftime.
Montrose managed to inch closer, as the Lady 'Cats held a 31-24 advantage entering the fourth.
Led by senior forward Katey Rider's game-high 19 points, Bronaugh pulled away in the final stanza, outscoring Montrose 19-9 for the double-digit victory.
In addition to her 19 points, Rider pulled down 6 rebounds to go along with 2 assists, a steal and a block. Senior guard Bonnie Moore chipped in 13 points (4-of-7 3-Pt.) while dishing out 5 assists. Fellow senior guard Taylor Stratford finished with 8 points, 5 steals and 2 rebounds.
For Montrose, Vogel scored a team-high 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while pulling down 6 rebounds,. Mandy Murphy, Becca Raper and Riley Knapp combined for 8 points. Murphy and Raper also combined for 9 steals.
Montrose outrebounded Bronaugh 24-15. The Bronaugh, however, came up with 16 steals to Montrose's 2.
The Bronaugh Wildcats were defeated by Montrose 69-55. The conference loss brings the Wildcats record to 3-8 overall (2-2 GVVC).
For Bronaugh, senior forward Tyler Strunk poured in a team-high 35 points on 15-of-22 shooting, while collecting 11 rebounds. Freshman Carson Gray pitched in with 7 points and Joe Mader 5.
For Montrsoe, guard Gage Thompson erupted for 40 points.