Montezuma girls lose first game at State

Montezuma is one and done at the Class 1A State girls’ Basketball Tournament.  St. Ansgar defeated the Bravettes 51-46 Wednesday (3/4) in the State quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  Montezuma jumped out to a 14-4 lead, but St. Ansgar fought back and tied the game at 18 at halftime.  The Bravettes were up 32-29 after three quarters, but Brooklyn Hackbart scoring nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Saints march into the semifinals.  Montezuma Coach Janel Burgess talks about the game.

“We played very hard.  We played very well, especially on the defensive end.  But we didn’t finish possessions.  If you look at the halfcourt set, we did very, very well. Offensively, we didn’t hit shots.  If we would have to you we shot 29 percent from the field overall in a game where we’ve been shooting close to 50 percent from top to bottom. twos, three, everything else. And then you look at the free throw attempts, they had 17, we had 5.  Offensive rebounds were painful because they scored 13 points out of their 12 offensive rebounds.  We have to look and think we had a heck of a season, a great season with great seniors. I’m proud of where we are, disappointed where we ended.  But sometimes you just have to see the silver lining in everything.”

Gracie Urbatsch led St. Ansgar with 15 points.  Shateah Wetering had 22 to lead Montezuma.  The Bravettes end the season with a 23-2 record.  St. Ansgar is now 24-2 and takes on defending 1A State champion Newell-Fonda Friday afternoon (3/6) in the semifinals.  The other 1A semifinal will feature Marquette Catholic against Bishop Garrigan of Algona.


Stay updated, sign up for our newsletter.