(February 21st, 2015) – MONTPELIER: After a postponement a few weeks ago, the Lady Locos of Montpelier finally had their senior night against the girls of Liberty Center.
Unfortunately for the Locomotives, the Lady Tigers were able to slip out of Montpelier with a 45-40 win, despite trailing for most of the contest.
Montpelier was able to pull ahead in the first period, building a small but stable lead at 11-7. The visitors from Liberty Center were able to chip away just a bit at that advantage just before halftime, thanks to an 11-10 effort on their part in the second quarter. Clinging to a 3 point lead going into the locker room, finding themselves up 21-18.
The third period saw the two teams battle to a stalemate, with each squad producing 12 points. With just the fourth and final frame left to play, the Locos were still up by 3 points.
That would change in the fourth quarter, however.
Liberty Center had their best period of the game, with both their offense and defense stepping up when they were most needed. The hometown girls of Montpelier were taken by surprise, succumbing to a 15-7 run by their fellow North Western Ohio Athletic League (NWOAL) team. This led to the shocking 5 point loss.
Montpelier was led in scoring by Hannah Blake, who gave her team 11 points in the loss. Senior Baylee Hageman controlled the inside, putting up 9 points. Breanna Stein, another senior scored all 5 of her points from the free throw line. A third senior, Malory Yagelski, contributed a two-point field goal as well.
Montpelier finishes their regular season with a 10-12 record, and a 2-6 mark in NWOAL play.