MONTGOMERY – In front of a packed gym the Tri-City United Titans girls basketball team debuted against Faribault Bethlehem Academy Tuesday night, but ended up losing 45-29. In the first ever game with the name that will be used by the combination of Montgomery-Lonsdale and LeCenter next year the girls basketball team was able to take center stage with a lot of curious eyes.
As the TCU Titans ran out for the first time they were able to run through a line of girls basketball players from both LeCenter and Montgomery elementary level all the way up to the B-squad to get them on the floor.
The first ever points scored by TCU would come from a three-pointer from Coley Selly to put the Titans up 3-2 very early in the game. The Cardinals of Bethlehem Academy would take a 16-10 lead before TCU would find their offense in a 12-0 run that would give them a 22-18 lead at the half.
The second half would start with both teams scoring four points in the first two minutes of the half, but would quickly see the Cardinals clamp down on the passes into the block and force many turnovers on the Titans. Jessie Mathews and Hana Palmer would lead Bethlehem Academy on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor with both ending with 12 points a piece. TCU would only score three points the remainder of the game.
“We need to work on communicating on the floor a little more,” TCU head coach Kevin Woitas said afterward. “Our wings weren’t patient enough with passes and we need to talk more on the floor.”
The issues that would be expected for girls that haven’t played together before with communication and figuring out their roles as the season progresses.
TCU drops to 0-1 on the season and will travel to Triton on Thursday.
By: Adam Bartels