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Young’s streak ends with loss to Montini

01/21/2013, 11:30pm CST
By Phil Brozynski

Top-ranked Young’s 51-36 loss to No. 2 Montini at the McDonalds Shootout marks the first regular-season loss for the Dolphins since 2008.

The only three numbers that matter from Young’s 51-36 loss to No. 2 Montini Monday at the McDonalds Shootout hosted at Willowbrook are 25, 10 and 18.

No. 1-ranked Young shot just 25 percent from the field (16 of 64), made just 10 percent of its three-point attempts (2 of 19), and shot 18 percent from the free-throw line, misfiring on all but two of its 11 opportunities.

It all added up to the first in-state, regular-season loss for Young since 2008.

“We were horrible,” Young coach Corry Irvin said. “We were horrible at every facet of the game. We couldn’t make a free throw. We couldn’t make an easy basket. We couldn’t hit a three. We couldn’t stop anybody.

“It just shows the inconsistency we’ve been having this season,” she added. “We really have to find ourselves and get it together.”

Young (17-4) led 4-3 with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter before Kelly Karlis went coast-to-coast to give Montini (24-1) a lead it would never relinquish. The Broncos led 15-10 after one quarter, 23-18 at the break and 37-27 after three quarters.

Young closed to within 37-32 with 5:22 remaining in the game and 39-32 with 4:19 left with a chance to pull within five points from the free-throw line, but came up empty on both ends of a two-shot foul.

Baskets by Malayna Johnson (six points, seven rebounds) and Lea Kerstein (eight points, five rebounds) put the game out of reach.

“We wanted to force them to beat us from outside,” Montini coach Jason Nichols said. “They really like to attack the high post area from the weak side. A couple of times we got caught napping, but only a couple. In the past, we would get caught multiple times napping.

“(Young’s Linnae) Harper is going to get hers, but I really thought we made her work for them,” he added. “I don’t think they had the energy they normally have. I don’t think at times we had the energy we normally have. But we gutted it out and battled. Our zone our defense is tough.”

Harper and Taylor Brame each had nine points to lead Young, but Harper was just 4 of 22 from the field and 0 for 4 from the arc. Khaalia Hillsman (eight rebounds), Sydney Snower and Tanita Allen each had six points.

Karlis led Montini with 14 points and Kerstein, Kateri Stone and Sara Ross each had eight.

“We knew this was a big game,” Ross said. “We were all really excited because there’s a lot of people saying we couldn’t do it. All the naysayers because we lost so many people. We knew we had to come out, play hard and take no plays off.”

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