Monument Mountain girls basketball wins first ever South County girls tournament
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LEE — With Monument's Anika Helmke sitting out of the South County Tournament championship game due to injury, the Spartans were going to have to get balanced scoring from a variety of other players in order to win the inaugural event.
They did just that, as Lily Cormier scored 13 points while four others scored between six and 11 points en route to a 49-35 victory over Mount Everett.
Halle Hassett scored 11 points for the Spartans (3-2) while Hailey Higgins chipped in nine, Meredith Powell contributed eight and Addie McLaughlin had six.
"Without [Helmke] and Kaye Kelly, who is also a starter and she didn't play last night or tonight, we had a lot of different combinations out there tonight," Monument coach Steve Soule said. "When we finally got where the offense was spread and we had a bit of a lead and Mount Everett had to gamble a little bit, we did a nice job finding the open person."
For the Eagles (4-2), Parker Snyder led the way with 13 points while Gwendolyn Carpenter had 10 and Kelsey Netzer added five.
Monument led by six points after one quarter and extended the lead to 18-7 following a Higgins bucket with 6:03 remaining in the second.
From there, though, the Eagles went on a 10-0 run to pull within one. Madison Ullrich scored followed by a field goal from Snyder. Then, Jessica Abbott converted two free throws before Netzer and Snyder each scored to pull Mount Everett within one.
Mount Everett eventually took a 22-20 lead before a bucket from Powell tied the game with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. That score, 22-22, held until halftime.
"To compete with them as well as we did, I just thought defensively and offensively everything was working well for us," Mount Everett coach Scott Rote said. "We had them on their heels in the first half, but the second half, it's the second time that we've gotten tired and our offensive discipline kind of fell away."
After Snyder hit a 3-pointer to open the third quarter, the Eagles would go the next 7:35 without scoring a point. Meanwhile, Hassett hit a free throw followed by two field goals from McLaughlin sandwiching a 3-pointer from Cormier.
The lead ballooned to seven points, but Carpenter hit a running trey at the buzzer to pull the Eagles within four heading into the fourth quarter.
From there, Monument never allowed Mount Everett to get closer than four, and the Spartans took a 10-point lead, 44-34, on a McLaughiln bucket with 2:44 remaining. It was the first double-digit advantage for the Spartans since they led 18-7 early in the second quarter.
Monument, with wins over Lenox in the first round and now Mount Everett, won the championship of the inaugural girls tournament. Mount Everett defeated host Lee in the first round on Monday.
The tournament followed the same format as the boys version, which began in 2013, also at Lee. The girls will continue with the same rotation of venues, as Mount Everett will host the girls tournament in 2016, just as the Eagles did last season for the boys. Meanwhile, the boys will have their third overall tournament next week at Lenox.
Monument Mountain (49)
Cormier 5-1-13, Ha. Hassett 2-7-11, Higgins 4-0-9, Powell 4-0-8, McLaughlin 3-0-6, Hu. Hassett 1-0-2.
Mount Everett (35)
Snyder 6-0-13, Carpenter 2-5-10, Netzer 2-0-5, Ullrich 1-1-3, Coon 1-0-2, Abbott 0-2-2.
3-point goals — Monument Mountain 3 (Cormier 2, Higgins). Mount Everett 3 (Snyder, Carpenter, Netzer).
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