Lady Vikings improve to 9-1 with wins over P-burg, St. Regis
PHILIPSBURG — They started out a bit close, but both of the Charlo Lady Vikings' games last week ended up cruisers for the girls in purple.
Charlo struggled to find its defensive groove early in Philipsburg Thursday, but got it figured out and pulled away in the second half for a 55-36 win. Charlo led by four (10-6) after the first eight minutes Friday night in St. Regis before turning on the jets — and a smothering man defense — to go on a 33-3 run over the final 24 minutes for a 43-9 win.
On Thursday, the Lady Vikings scored 26 against the Lady Prospectors' man-to-man defense, but Charlo also let Philipsburg find shots.
"The first half was back and forth. I was disappointed in our defense," Charlo coach Bret Thompson said. "I didn't think we did a good job ... we didn't make it hard for them, anyway. We gave up some easy baskets throughout the game."
Thompson got his team to pick up its defense in the second half, holding Philipsburg to 15 second-half points while the Lady Vikings cranked up their scoring for 29 points, pulling away for the 55-36 win.
"We did alright in the second half, but I thought we did a lot better job getting up and down the floor and creating some good, easy shots," Thompson noted.
Kinley Pope led eight Charlo scorers with 13 points, hitting nine of her 10 free throw attempts. She also had seven rebounds.
Stephanie Maughan cranked out eight points and hauled in eight boards to go with four assists, while Dawn Blevins scored nine points. Courtney Couture contributed seven points and Jaris Kelley hit for six, despite a tweaked ankle.
"Our young girls still learning, but I think we're getting better," Thompson said positively.
The Lady Vikings rolled to an easy 43-9 win in St. Regis on Friday with a very good defensive effort. After St. Regis put up six points in the first quarter, Charlo clamped down defensively to limit the Lady Tigers to two points in the second quarter and one point in the fourth.
Maughan led Charlo with 11 points and five assists. Pope had six points and eight rebounds, while Blevins had six points and six steals. Derika Stipe also came off the bench to score six points for Charlo.
St. Regis, which had just six girls on the roster that night, really struggled against Charlo's defense. In fact, St. Regis' six points in the first quarter were all off layups that resulted from Charlo turnovers. Ironically, all three buckets were off Charlo steals and on breaks where two Lady Vikings collided and lost the ball.
"I thought defensively we played real well," coach Thompson noted. "And we got to play a lot of girls."
Now 9-1 overall, the Lady Vikings played a game in Plains Tuesday night and return home to host Noxon on Saturday.
Charlo 55, Philipsburg 36
Charlo 13 13 18 11–55
P-burg 11 10 8 7–36
CHARLO - Stephanie Maughan 8, Rachel Hoyt 3, Jessica Foust 2, Dawn Blevins 9, Kinley Pope 13, Deondra Brown 6, Courtney Couture 7, Jaris Kelley 6.
PHILIPSBURG - Devyn Poser 1, Shanna Johnson 4, Eli Hogue 7, Stephani Linn 10, Mackenzie Bonney 10.
Charlo 43, St. Regis 9
Charlo 10 15 12 6–43
St. Regis 6 2 0 1–9
CHARLO - Stephanie Maughan 11, Dawn Blevins 6, Derika Stipe 6, Kinley Pope 6, Deondra Brown 5, Courtney Couture 4, Jaris Kelley 5.
ST. REGIS - Morgan Hill 4, Brianna Maunaghan 2, Heather Pruitt 3.