MONTROSE — In a thrilling non-championship game, the Montrose women’s basketball team defeated Delta, 47-40, at the Alpine Bank Black Canyon Classic on Friday.
With the win, Montrose will head into the winter break with a 5-3 record.
“I think the game was very energetic,” said Montrose senior Taylor Yanosky. “Great team win.”
The Indians took an early 7-1 lead, but the Panthers scored 16 straight points to lead 17-7 after the first quarter. To start the second quarter, Montrose went on his own eight game streak and took the lead to lead 24-21 with Siera Mihavetz hitting a 3-pointer just before halftime.
The game was tied 32-32 after three quarters before Montrose scored the visiting Panthers, 15-8, in the fourth quarter.
“I couldn’t be happier with tonight’s win against a quality Delta team,” Montrose coach Steve Skiff said. “I’m proud of how we battled for 32 minutes to get the win. Great performances from Taylor, Ashley (Ortega) and Josie (Coulter). I thought our defense was outstanding tonight and was led by Josie Coulter and Taygan Rocco who had the tough job of slowing down Erika Kuta who is a great player. It was a great team victory and a huge confidence boost for our team.
Coulter added, “I’m so proud of the energy the girls brought tonight. So proud.”
Yanosky led Montrose with 15 points, Ortega scored 12 and Coulter had nine. Kuta was Delta’s top scorer (3-1), finishing with 16 points, while second Tatem Miller had 10.
“Montrose played well and their away shot was something we need to defend better,” Delta coach Kyle Crowder said. “Our inexperience and youthfulness showed tonight. Erika played well and we need more people to help her with the loadout. I’m happy with our progress and excited about our potential. We will definitely be a different team Once we take better care of the ball and learn to play more physically, the sky is the limit for these young girls.