The girls basketball season is off and running.
Montgomery County fans were treated to exciting basketball action Friday night as Crawfordsville and North Montgomery picked up season-opening wins. Southmont lost in the final seconds of their opener.
North Montgomery vs. Turkey Run
Chargers open season with win
LINDEN — North Montgomery started the girls basketball season on the right foot, with a 52-16 win over Turkey Run Friday.
A big part of that was the play of senior Becca Adams. Adams, who announced earlier this week that she will play college basketball at Lincoln Christian University, poured in 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, including half of the Chargers’ 12 points in the first quarter to help North Montgomery take a 12-6 lead. In the second quarter she scored 12 of the team’s 14 points and the Chargers led 26-12 at the break.
In the second half it was junior Caroline McClaskey who stepped up, scoring 12 second half points.
Kelsey Sabens finished with eight points.
North Montgomery forced 37 turnovers and Turkey run hit just 7 of 40 shots from the field.
North Montgomery won the junior varsity game by a 44-5 score.
The Chargers will play at Park Tudor on Wednesday.
Crawfordsville vs. Seeger
Athenians survive OT, top Patriots, 49-45
WEST LEBANON — After falling behind in the second half a late Athenian surge capped a fourth quarter comeback sending the game to overtime where Crawfordsville put away the Patriots.
Crawfordsville (1-0) led Seeger (0-1) at halftime 23-21, but struggled to keep pace with the Patriots in the third quarter.
Sophomore Addie Laskowski led Crawfordsville in scoring with 15 points, while freshmen Lauren Kellerman added 14.
The Athenian junior varsity team also got a an overtime victory, winning 44-42.
Crawfordsville takes on North Putnam at home on Tuesday.
Southmont vs. Tri-West
Mounties fall in final seconds
NEW MARKET — Southmont opened the season with a Sagamore Conference game against Tri-West. The Mounties led late, but lost the lead in the final seconds, 39-38.
Tri-West sophomore Maggie Cora hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game in the final seconds to put the Bruins ahead following a late run by Tri-West.
Southmont (0-1, 0-1 SAC) fell behind early in the first quarter with costly turnovers and big points by Cora, who scored 13 of her game high 22 points in the first half. Tri-West led by as much as nine points in the first quarter and took a six-point lead into the second.
Marlowe McVay had six points for the Mounties, who began a comeback in the second quarter. The third quarter began with a bang for Southmont when Reagan Case hit a 3 to give Southmont its first lead early in the second half. Tri-West (1-0, 1-0) didn’t score until the 3:25 mark in the third period, allowing the Mounties to build a 29-25 lead heading into the fourth.
Kasey Burton and Case both led the Mounties in scoring with 11 points each.
Southmont will be back in action this afternoon at Clinton Central.