Maidens drop pair of Northwestern A games
LIBBY — The Maidens failed to capitalize on any momentum from their first win of the season and dropped a pair of conference games last week.
The Ronan Maidens couldn’t match up with the athleticism of the Lady Pirates and fell to Polson 65-26 at home Tuesday. Saturday it was the size of the Lady Loggers that caused the Maidens trouble in a 55-22 loss in Libby.
In the 33-point loss to Libby, the Maidens had no answer for Jackie Mee. The 6-foot-2 senior finished with 29 points after only scoring two in the first quarter.
Ronan coach Doug Fisher said that the Maidens started the game in a box-and-one defense and junior guard Taylor Lynch did a great job in containing Mee. But in the second quarter the Lady Loggers just started going inside to Mee and the Maidens couldn’t stop her.
“Her size just gave us fits in there,” Fisher said. The Maidens’ tallest player is listed at 5-foot-10, which is a pretty generous measurement, according to Fisher.
When the Maidens were able to stop Mee, mistakes in their weak-side defense allowed her to grab her own rebound. Mee scored 10 points on easy put backs.
The Maidens’ offense was hampered by turnovers and never really got going. After trailing 13-7 after the first quarter, the Maidens only scored two points in the second quarter and went into the break trailing 28-9.
“We had a little trouble getting started and getting in our offense and the turnover bug bit us again,” Fisher said. They had 20 turnovers in the game.
Nina Orozco led the Maidens with nine points. She also had four assists. Despite giving up 3 inches, Jonna Grant put up eight points.
“We shot the ball fairly. It was just opportunities. We just didn’t shoot the ball enough,” Fisher said.
The Maidens only attempted 22 shots in the game. Turnovers cost them shot opportunities and so did lack of rebounding. Fisher said the “big story” of the game was rebounding. The Maidens only pulled down 10 boards in the game.
On Tuesday, the Maidens couldn’t keep up with the pace of the Lady Pirates. After keeping it close in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates put the game away with a 15-4 second quarter.
“They’re very athletic, they’re fast and they’re physical,” Fisher said of the Lady Pirates.
Grant led the Maidens with eight points. Orozco and Alice Van Gunten each finished with four points. Tailyr Irvine, who Fisher said continues to play outstanding defense, and Ashley Grandchamp each finished with three points.
Going into the season, Fisher knew his team would struggle playing against big teams. It won’t get any easier for the Maidens. They travel to Columbia Falls Friday and will have to deal with the 6-foot plus DeWit sisters.
Polson 51, Ronan 26
Polson 19 15 9 8–51
Ronan 11 4 4 7–26
POLSON - Kendyall Rochin 2, Mariah Hamel 5, Sierra Pete 8, Breanne Kelley 12, Riley Kenney 15, Nicole Davey 7, Sarah Cannon 2.
RONAN - Courtney Clairmont 2, Jonna Grant 8, Alice Van Gunten 4, Nina Orozco 4, Tailyr Irvine 3, Ashley Grandchamp 3, Katie Andrews 4.
Libby 55, Ronan 22
Ronan 7 2 9 4–22
Libby 13 15 12 15–55
RONAN - Jonna Grant 8, Alice Van Gunten 2, Nina Orozco 9, Taylor Lynch 2.
LIBBY - LaRona Luscher 2, Alysha Martin 8, Jamie Gliden 6, Logan Best 10, Jackie Mee 29.