Monticello earns split

MONTICELLO  Courtney Hehn made eight three-pointers for Monticello in the Sages'' Holiday Hoopla championship game against Ridgeview Saturday. Unfortunately for the Sages, only seven of them counted. Hehn, who made her seventh as the buzzer sounded in regulation to tie the game at 48, banked one in from 25-feet a second after the horn ended overtime in a 53-51 loss to the Mustangs (12-3). She let it go a half-second late. "We just needed another second, less really," said Molly Lawhead, who had 10 rebounds and 10 points for the Sages. "Ridgeview played really good defense all night and there were three girls around me at the end. I just couldn''t get it to her quick enough." It was nearly a storybook ending for the hosts. The Sages went into the tourney 4-7 and had put together just one game worth the salt on the Monticello streets, according to coach Monica Hall. Now they have five. "Sometimes they play like seventh graders," Hall said. "And sometimes they play like they played during the tournament: Very, very well." Monticello (7-8) toppled Fisher in the first round, handled Bement in the second and knocked off undefeated and Neoga in the third round. "Every year we want to be playing well by the Hoopla," said Hehn, who followed up her 32-point outing vs. Neoga with 25 points against Ridgeview. "We''re playing pretty well right now, and we can get better. We''re almost there." In other girls'' action, Tuscola''s Nichole Corum scored 13 points, but the Warriors rally fell short in a 53-40 loss to Neoga in the third-place game. Jamie Zahnd had 15 points, three-time all-tournament pick Jessica Gaesser had 13 and Jena Unzicker 11 as Fisher handled St.Joseph-Ogden 64-50 in the fifth-place game. The Spartans got eight points, eight rebounds and four assists from all-tourney player Chrisie Rothermel. Terri Abraham, who was named all-tournament for the third straight year, scored 23 to lead Argenta-Oreana past Bement 69-51 for seventh place. Daphne Bates scored 27 points and Ashley Taylor added 17 for the Bulldogs.

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