Montgomery, Raiders get victory in returnDecember 8, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Myah Montgomery and Southridge returned to action in a big way Tuesday evening.
The Raiders (3-4, 2-2) didn't have their star junior Dec. 1 against Forest Park, but she returned to the Huntingburg Memorial Gym floor against another Pocket Athletic Conference rival, North Posey. Her performance helped propel the Raiders to a 55-39 win.
Although junior Mikah Goeppner and senior Kennedy Nalley provided the early scoring for Southridge, Montgomery's height advantage helped the Raiders grab rebounds.
The junior guard took over in the second quarter with 13 points — showcasing her range, and she had the exclamation at the buzzer by getting an inside bucket to send the Raiders to a 37-23 halftime lead. She just rejoined the team Monday, but ended Tuesday with a game-high 25 points.
"I just thought we came out really focused and played together and our shots were just going in," Montgomery said. "So, I think we did really well."
Southridge had some of its games cancelled since its last game against the Rangers, and have only practiced approximately four times since their Nov. 23 win against Boonville, Raiders coach Greg Werner said.
However, the Raiders played team defense early on with Goeppner and Nalley getting rebounds, with the latter also getting a swipe in. Goeppner showcased her perimeter shooting to help the Raiders to a 15-4 lead after one.
"Myah did a really good job of rebounding the basketball," Werner said. "The other kids stepped up, like doing a good job of blocking out, which kind of allowed Myah to go in and clean up at times, too."
Yet, the Vikings tried their hand in the second quarter when they started turning things on after trailing, 23-7. North Posey made some shots from downtown, and also got into the bonus in the second quarter - making five free throws. The Vikings went on a 13-6 run to trim Southridge's lead to 29-20, but Montgomery helped the Raiders get a double digit lead again.
Southridge continued to bring it on the boards, going on a 10-2 run in the third quarter, and putting the Raiders one step closer to their first win since Nov. 23 against Boonville. However, North Posey was in the bonus in both halves, and outscored Southridge, 14-8, in the fourth quarter, even though it didn't change the final result.
The Raiders will hope to get above .500 in PAC play Thursday when they visit Pike Central. Southridge is scheduled to be back in practice Wednesday since everybody is back. Werner told the Herald Tuesday that they'll try to clean some of their mistakes.
"It comes down to just executing and understanding we got to play better defense," Werner said. "We gave up way more points than we've been giving up to most teams, and part of it was just a lack of defense. So, I don't know if some of it was fatigue and we got up and down a little bit more and pushed the ball. And I don't know if it affected our half-court defense or what happened there, but we'll take a look at the film and find out."
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