On Nov. 29, the Lady Indians travelled to Casey-Westfield for a nail-biter away game, ultimately coming out on top with a 53-29 win despite trailing at the outset.
Altamont struggled from the game’s opening, posting nine points to Casey-Westfield’s 12 in the first quarter. By halftime, the score improved to 20-19 in Altamont’s favor.
The Lady Indians built up steam throughout the second half, sinking 19 points in the third and 14 in the fourth to Casey-Westfield’s six and four, respectively.
Senior Leah Mayhaus led in individual scores for the game, racking up a total of 11 points (five two-pointers and one-for-one in free throws), though she trailed in other stats with two rebounds, two steals, and a block. Tinley Mette, the next highest scorer with nine points to her name from three two-pointers and three free throws in four attempts, led or co-led in most other stats with six rebounds, eight assists, and six steals. Her assist and steal counts were the team’s best, though she shared team-best in rebounds with JoAnna Schultz.
Rachel Jackman, with two two-pointers, a three, and two free throws, also posted nine points, as well as five rebounds, four steals, and a block. Schultz came away with six points (three two-point shots) as well as the aforementioned six rebounds, three steals, and a block. Brooke Runge also made six points from a pair of three-pointers, as well as one rebound, two assists, and a block.
Mary Guse took home five points with one three and her two-for-two free throws, as well as three assists and a steal. Allyson Hardiek made four points with her two two-pointers (and at two successful field goals out of three attempts, came away with the best shooting average of the team) and also logged four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block. Ellie McManaway contributed a two and a free throw for three points total on top of her three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Finally, Makayla Crow and Taylor Mette did not score, though each contributed a steal and Taylor Mette posted one additional block. Crow appeared on court for roughly four minutes, while Taylor Mette was in play for slightly under 90 seconds.
Vs. St. Anthony
To open play in the month of December, the Lady Indians took down St. Anthony in a 57-47 home game despite a point-for-point matchup in the second half.
Altamont led with 19 points in the first quarter against St. Anthony’s 13, posting another 13 in the second for a 32-22 lead at halftime. Both teams scored 13 in the third and 12 in the fourth, but the close play came too late for host team St. Anthony.
Notably, Altamont successfully sank 78 percent of all free throws, better than any other game so far this season, including at their home court.
Tinley Mette left the game with the most points for Altamont at 19, including five two-pointers, two threes, and three-for-six in free throws. She also racked up five rebounds, six assists (the team’s best), and a steal. Runge sank nine points with a two, a three, and four-for-four in free throws, as well as five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Guse contributed seven points between two two-pointers and a three, as well as three rebounds, an assist, and two steals. Mayhaus scored six points with three two-point shots, and also logged five rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block. Jackman also made three twos for six points on top of her two rebounds, two assists, and one block, while Schultz contributed a pair of twos and two-for-two free throws for another six points, in addition to two rebounds and a steal.
Hardiek rounded out scores with four points (a two-pointer and two successful free throws), a rebound, and two steals. McManaway and Taylor Mette, in play for less than five minutes combined, did not log any stats.
The victory over St. Anthony places the Lady Indians at 8-1 on the season, 3-0 in conference play.
Vs. Okaw Valley
To cap the week off, the Lady Indians secured an impressive 73-22 victory over Okaw Valley in a Dec. 6 home game.
Altamont opened the game with a 24-5 lead in the first, improving to a 46-10 score by halftime. Okaw Valley players pressured Altamont in the back half of the game, keeping the Lady Indians to 18 in the third and nine points in the fourth (taking seven points themselves in the same quarter), but never outscored the Indians
Individual scores were evenly distributed, with both Runge and Jackman leaving the court with 14 points apiece. Runge shot three three-pointers, a two, and three free throws, also securing eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Jackman made two threes and four twos on top of six rebounds, an assist, two steals, and two blocks.
Mayhaus came in just behind Runge and Jackman, contributing 13 points with three two-pointers and going seven-for-eight at the free throw line. She also made two rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
Tinley Mette logged nine points with a three point shot, a two, and four free throws out of six attempts. Additionally, she made two rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Schultz took eight points with four two-pointers, as well as six rebounds, an assist, and a steal. McManaway posted four points with two two-pointers, and also made a rebound and two steals. Hardiek contributed three points from a single three-pointer on top of her two rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Taylor Mette rounded out scores with a two-point shot, a rebound, and a steal. Crow posted no individual points, but pitched in for six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Notably, the Lady Indians made half of their attempted three-pointers in this match, shooting better for threes than their team average for field goals, 44 percent accuracy.
The win over Okay Valley places the Lady Indians at 9-1 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.