Ashbaugh gets a grand
Grant 48 Montague 34
The Tigers weathered a strong second quarter comeback by the Wildcats to secure their 4th straight win. They also saw one of their own reach a milestone few high school players attain.
Coach Delamater: “ It was an exciting night for us as Julie Ashbaugh sat 6 points from 1000 going into the game. We also knew that Montague is never an easy out and would bring it.
"The game started with a Ashbaugh fast break bucket and some great defense on our part. All three Montague points came at the charity stripe. The second was a different story. It was a very tightly called game and we got into foul trouble early in the second quarter. Montague went to the foul line 11 more times, and we got completely out of rhythm. The bright spot in the quarter was Julie's 1000 career point coming on a It was a free throw line jumper.midway through the quarter.
"We got back on track in the third. Bella Welch had a great quarter after sitting out much of the 1st half in foul trouble. She had a number of key steals and 9 of her game high 15 points in the quarter. We had a 10 point lead going into the fourth and got the ball in Bella and Julie's hands. They did a great job of controlling the tempo in the quarter and sealing the win.
"This is the 3rd quality opponent we've had in a row. They play tough defense, are very physical, and very aggressive. For the third game in a row, we've taken the other team's best punch and handled it.
"Bella had a great game for us tonight. Not only did she come up with some big steals and big baskets, but she did a great job of controlling the offense. Several girls played good quality minutes for us tonight including Jocee Pleune and Lily Krepps with five points apiece. Julie finished with nine points on the night and also had several rebounds."
Grant (8-3, 5-0) will play at Tri County (2-12, 1-6) on Tuesday.
Grant 68 Fremont 65
It’s no longer a conference game but the Tiger/Packer rivalry continues to simmer. The teams slugged it out on the Packer home court and it was Grant who outlasted their hosts for the win.
Coach Bowen “We were able to build an eleven point lead in the second half, but late in the third Chaz Miller went down with a bad ankle sprain, and we were not able to hold on without him.”
Oakley Obenauf led the Tigers in scoring with 23 points while Sincere Hatch added 16. Lucas Swanson and Ethan DeLong each hit for 8.
Despite losing court time from an injury Miller paced the Pack with 17 points to go with his 5 steaks and 4 assists. Will DeBlake finished with a double double pulling down 13 boards to go with his dozen points.
Grant (9-4, 5-1) returns to conference play Tuesday hosting Tri County (4-11, 2-6).
Fremont (7-10, 3-5) hosts Ravenna (8-7, 5-3) on Friday.