Montgomery leading Southridge turnaroundNovember 29, 2019
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — It was a year ago today that Southridge got its first win of the 2018-19 season. Fast forward 12 months, and this year’s Raiders have quadrupled that win total at this point.
Southridge sits at 4-4 on the season, not getting its fourth win last year until Jan. 8 at Northeast Dubois. One of the big factors behind this year’s improvement is sophomore guard Myah Montgomery, who has become a prolific scorer for the Raiders. Her 42-point performance against the Jeeps Nov. 16 at the Corydon Central Tournament put her atop the record books for the most points by a Southridge girls player in a single game, bringing her excitement.
“It means a lot because I set the bar for other girls,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery’s record-setting performance was hardly an outlier, though. She had 30 points on Nov. 19 in a 48-41 win at Evansville Mater Dei. The Raiders could not walk out of Boonville with a win on Monday, but there she was again, totaling a game-high 26 points. She has been Southridge’s leading scorer in seven of the eight games it has played this season, and is averaging 23.2 points per game so far. Montgomery finished her freshman year averaging 16 points a game, which earned her All-Pocket Athletic Conference honors. Her being able to score more has led to an increase in confidence this season.
She’s been playing the point guard position more this year as opposed to being a wing guard in the past. Montgomery said she’s had to work on her ball handling as a result of bringing the ball down the floor more. She’s been working at home with her father, T.J., to try to improve at that. Montgomery said she’ll have to get used to being low, and getting her ball handling down pat will take time. She cited her height. Southridge’s roster lists her as 6-foot-1 tall, which is the tallest on the team.
“I wasn’t good at dribbling that much, and I’m still working on it,” she said.
Montgomery said the turnaround is due to the players adapting to a different type of coaching style, with Greg Werner coming back this year for his second stint as coach of the Raiders. She added it didn’t take long for the team to get used to Werner returning. Montgomery's 30-point outing against the Wildcats helped net her coach the 300th win of his career. She said Southridge is playing together more and communicating more this season.
She also credited some of the Raiders’ underclassmen for stepping up this year. Montgomery praised the impact freshman Marie Tempel has made so far. She lauded fellow sophomore Mikah Goeppner for being a starter this year, and the things she does as a post player.
Southridge will hope to get back in the win column on Tuesday when it travels to Forest Park for its first PAC game of the season. The Raiders last beat the Rangers, 58-42, on Dec. 1, 2015. Forest Park is off to a 4-2 start and is 1-1 in conference play this year. Southridge went 6-3 in conference play last season, and 1-12 in all other games last season. Montgomery said this week will get the Raiders ready for their Tuesday return.
“In practices, we’ll just work on the things we need to do in the Forest Park game,” Montgomery said.
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