NEW MARKET, Ind. – Fountain Central came into the title game of the Southmont sectional having won eight of their last 10 games, but they could not cope with height of their hosts, falling 56-35.
It started well enough for the Mustangs as they took an early lead when Kyla Keeling hit a trey and Samantha Pigg followed with a jumper, but that 5-4 lead would be their last of the game.
They trailed 10-6 after one quarter and only 16-10 midway through the second, but then unforced errors by the Mustangs began to let the Mounties pull away.
By halftime, Southmont led 25-16 and it would get no better as the third quarter started.
Amie Anthrop, the Fountain Central head coach, said her team might have fared better in the contest if they had followed the game plan.
“We had three goals. Take care of the ball, rebound well, especially defensive rebounds and put them under pressure,” she said.
“Instead, we had way too many turnovers, gave them easy transitions baskets and we didn’t box out at all,” she explained.
Southmont had a front line of three players 6 feet or taller against just two Fountain Central starters of 5-10 or more.
Two of the tall Mounties got into foul trouble, but so did the six-foot Macee Williams for the Mustangs.
With Williams out, Southmont made sure that one of their tall players would stay on the 5’10” Maggie Fishero defensively according to Mountie coach Chloe Allen.
“We wanted to take it to their big girls,” she said. “We thought our big girls would then have an advantage over them.”
That is what happened as Williams went to the bench and Fishero was constantly pressured. Fishero led the team in scoring but several of her baskets came on offensive rebound putbacks.
Meanwhile, Cali Wetli, the one tall Mountie who was not in foul trouble began to demand the ball as she was covered by smaller Mustang players.