MONTPELIER – Anyone who follows local high school hoops knows that speed is synonymous for the Stryker Lady Panthers. Their trophy case is loaded with ample proof of the fact that few teams are able to keep up with their speed, or break the hornet’s nest that is called their defense. The words ‘flat-footed’ simply do not appear in the same sentence as the Stryker Lady Panthers…until December 4.
On this night, the Lady Panthers traveled to The Railyard to take on an improved, energized and confident Montpelier Lady Locomotives squad that had a history of being on the sorry end of a lopsided score against Stryker. On this night, it was the Lady Locos who brought the heat and the aggressive play, catching Stryker flat-footed and sending the Lady Panthers home with a 48-38 loss.
History shows that when the Lady Panthers start slow, they have an overdrive gear that allows them to rally and win games that other squads would drop. After falling behind 10-7 in the first period though, the transmission with the kicking overdrive belonged not to Stryker, but Montpelier. A 13-3 second quarter run made it a 23-10 halftime lead that blossomed into a 16 point advantage after three. By the time the Lady Panthers found their overdrive, it was too little and too late.
Hannah Blake rained down a game-high 22 points for the Lady Locos, with Baylee Hageman adding 13. Hayley Geren posted 6 points, Lauren Dye 5, and Aleah Maas 2 points.
Conner Varner was the only Lady Panther in double digits with 17 points, while Ashley Haines added 8 points and Connor Sullivan 5. Michaela Rupp hit for 4 points, and Christie Huston and Hannah Doehrmann had 2 points apiece.
SCORING BY QUARTER:
Montpelier 10 13 12 13 – 48
Stryker 7 3 9 19 – 38