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ALBANY, Ky. Midway through the fourth quarter Wednesday night, with his team trailing by double digits, Monterey High School coach Todd Hess watched the Franklin Simpson Lady Cats get three consecutive offensive rebounds on one play before Kristina Carter finally scored on a layup to give her team a 50 33 lead.
That seemed to be the story of the game for Monterey, unfortunately, as the smaller Lady Wildcats struggled on the boards against the taller Franklin Simpson (Ky.) High School players and lost 52 38 in the first round of the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic at Clinton County High School.
“What killed us were the offensive rebounds they were getting,” Hess said. “At one time, they had three or four on one play, and that absolutely kills you against a good team like that. I thought defensively, we played pretty well. You just can’t give up rebounds like that.”
The loss dropped Monterey to 4 10 on the season. today in the second round.
“Their (Franklin Simpson) ability to rebound offensively surprised me,” Hess said. “They were just so quick off the floor. We weren’t holding our seal when we boxed out. We had position, but they would just go right around us.
“We weren’t pushing them out of the way, we were just standing there. We’re not going to out jump them, we’re not the tallest team; we’ve just got to be the meaner team. Tonight, I didn’t think we were.”
After a really slow start to the game that saw Franklin Simpson lead 7 4 after the first period, Monterey pulled within two at 11 9 on a jumper from the lane and a 3 pointer from the corner by Courtney Bilbrey.
But that was as close as Monterey would get the rest of the night as the Lady Cats went on an 11 2 run to close out the first half. Carter led the charge for the Lady Cats with six points in the surge. Ochee Baker added four and FSHS led 25 13 at the break.
“We were looking to back cut them a lot and we did get that,” Hess said. “We had that corner shot all day long and that baseline shot, and it was just from our back cutting.”
Bilbrey led Monterey in scoring with 15 points. Allie Ragle scored 12 and Anna Hudson chipped in with seven. Daniella D’Agostino and Jessie Walker scored two points each.
Jessie Beller led Franklin Simpson with 21 points.
“From the outside, Courtney had three 3s and Allie had four. Other than that, we didn’t shoot the ball that well,” Hess said. “We had some looks; we just didn’t knock them down. I don’t like relying on our guards to hit 3s to keep us in games. I would rather have an inside out game and that’s what we’ve been working on.”
Win or lose, Hess said the Twin Lakes Classic serves a bigger purpose.
“We lost the game today, but we still took steps forward,” Hess explained. “We’re playing against good teams here. Every team up here is a good quality program. We’re just trying to get ready for our district play and (I know) this will get us prepared for that.”