Lady Bucks fall at home to Montgomery, 40-28
By KEVIN RAUCH
For The Express
FARWELL- It was a frustrating loss last night in Farwell but not due to lack of an effort, as Montgomery out-lasted the Lady Bucks to pick up a 40-28 win after a hard-fought defensive struggle.
Riley Fry would finish with just nine points but was a huge presence for the Lady Red Raiders all game.
Fry’s four first quarter points allowed the visiting team to jump out to an early lead that the Lady Bucks would end up chasing the entire game. Montgomery would swell the lead to as many as 12 points, culminating a 19-7 lead in the second quarter.
Still, Bucktail’s hustle would provide them with small run after small run as they would close the lead to four on four separate occasions.
The Lady Bucks seemingly put it all together in the third. Paced by Myka Poorman and Julie Green each scoring four points, the home team slashed the Lady Red Raiders’ lead to just two points at 30-28, the closest score since the beginning of the game.
Suddenly after three quarters of complete effort the Lady Bucks’ aggression turned into fouls. Bucktail had put everything into the third quarter and didn’t have much of an answer in the fourth.
After knocking the deficit to two points, the Lady Red Raiders would score the next five points from the foul line, moving the score to 35-28 on their way to a 40-28 win.
It was disappointing loss for Bucktail coach Carl Gentzyel, but he appreciated the effort of his young team that featured at least two freshmen on the court nearly the entire game.
“We wanted to win the third quarter, which we did, but we just didn’t have enough to stop them in the fourth,” Gentzyel said following the game.
“We just didn’t have an answer for Fry, she controlled a lot of the game and by the fourth quarter we just couldn’t get a defensive rebound” explained the coach.
“For a young team I’m proud of how they played a good Montgomery team. A couple of our 9th graders like Julie Green- she’s really starting to learn how to move the ball. Emma Poorman- she’s starting to give us some good defensive efforts, we’re definitely improving,” the coach continued.
The Lady Bucks sent Montgomery to the line 25 times, of which they made 13. Bucktail saw the foul line just eight times and made four. Bucktail’s only two fourth quarter points came off of their only free throws of the 4th quarter from Emily Cross.
The loss knocked the Lady Bucks to 3-10 on the season with their next game Saturday afternoon at St. John Neumann.
Montgomery: 13 11 6 10-40
Bucktail: 7 8 11 2-28