Shooting slump sinks Sages
CLINTON — Some nights the shots just won't fall, and Monday was that night for Monticello.
The Sages' season came to an end with a 38-28 loss to Maroa-Forsyth in the opening round of the Clinton Regional.
Monticello failed to record a field goal in 10 attempts during the third quarter. The Sages were held scoreless for six minutes after tying the game at 16-16 in the first minutes after the break.
"The shots just didn't go," Monticello coach Brad Garrett said. "We tried a little bit of everything and we got a lot of looks at the basket. We just missed some easy shots. We also had some uncharacteristic misses at the free throw line."
During the Sages' drought, Maroa-Forsyth went on a 12-0 run and took a 10-point lead at the end of the third.
The scoring issues continued for the Sages in the fourth as they converted on just 3 of 15 from the field and were 2 of 7 from the free throw line.
"I was hoping we could flip the switch," Garrett said. "We were behind them the whole time in our regular season game and came back and won. I thought maybe this would be the same way. It was 28-21 for a long time and we had three chances at the free throw line and missed all those. That changed the complexion of the game."
Sarah Foran paced Monticello with seven points and Tori Gadbury added six points. Megan Garrett chipped in five.
Argenta-Oreana 68, Warrensburg-Latham 61. Kandie Bloch scored 27 points and Katelynn Mullins (19 points) sank five three-pointers, leading the sixth-seeded Bombers to a quarterfinal win against the third seed.