The varsity girls basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with an impressive offensive outing on Saturday, defeating Coldwater 64-31. The Mounties were focused on a strong defensive effort, and set the tone early on defensively. Our defense created transition opportunities early on. We had a number of girls running the floor well, and that really got us going. After the first quarter, the Mounties led 17-5, and they stretched that lead to 30-13 at the break.
Coldwater played well in the third quarter, matching Northwest 13-13 in the quarter. The Mounties responded though, with a strong fourth, out scoring the Cardinals 21-5.
Northwest was lead in scoring by Layne Sleight, with a career high 21. Sleight had a number of nice assists on the night as well. Mallory Anspaugh turned in one of her better overall performances of her career, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mary Crowley added 11 points, while Ashley Weller dropped in 7. Madison Nietzke added 5, Teja Kapp 4 and Megan Swartz 2. Mckayla Eldred and Abi Sczykutowicz played strong minutes as well.
After dropping their only game of the season to Western on February 13, the Mounties have out scored their last four opponents by and average of 28 points. The varsity girls will host Hastings on Tuesday at 7PM.