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1/15/2014 10:43:00 AM
Prep girls basketball: Mendota rebounds in BNC West

Brandon LaChance
NewsTribune Sports Writer

MENDOTA — Losing to Big Northern Conference West Division foe Byron on Saturday helped the Mendota girls basketball team regain something — motivation.

The Lady Trojans took their desire to accomplish one of their preseason goals out on Winnebago — another conference opponent — in a 49-32 rout Tuesday in Mendota.

“We wanted to come out with a lot of intensity and energy, and I think we did,” said Lady Trojan junior Ally Bromenschenkel, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. “After the loss to Byron, we just really wanted to play good. It was definitely motivation. We want to still have first place in the conference, so every game counts.

“It should motivate us for the rest of the year.”

The Byron loss stung because it was Mendota’s first BNC West loss of the season and only the second defeat overall.

In order to beat the upper echelon of the conference and advance far in the postseason, Mendota coach Kevin Geldon knows his team has to polish up a few aspects of the game.

“We did a really nice job and we were really active,” Geldon said. “We kind of talked about what they do with their press break and we were just able to execute well. Probably one of the best (games) our press has looked this year. Hopefully, we can carry that going forward.

“We did talk about how that is something we really need to be able to rely on going forward and it was a good game to work on that.”

The Mendota defense was relentless as the Lady Trojans (17-2, 5-1 BNC West) had 12 points on the scoreboard while Winnebago had only attempted three field goals at the four minute mark in the first quarter.

The in-your-face defense set the tempo and the score of the game in the Lady Trojans’ favor.

Mendota jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first quarter and had a 31-12 advantage at the half.

If the defensive pressure wasn’t creating points, the offensive rebounding effort was as the Lady Trojans out-rebound Winnebago 36-23.

“That’s one of our specialties because we have such a size advantage,” Ally Bromenschenkel said. “We just try to crash the glass every time we can.”

Amy Devitt scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Brooke Carroll pitched in eight points and Brooke Stallings pulled down five boards.

“We still have a chance (to win the conference), but we have to continue to improve and do the little things consistently,” Geldon said. “This conference is absolutely loaded, but if we continue to improve, at the end of the season, I think we’ll be happy with the result.”

Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6995 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.

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