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M-ettes split weekend


January 8, 2020

The Malta M-ettes basketball team opened the new decade in a pretty strong fashion defeating the Wolf Point Wolves 70-52 on Friday and challenging the Havre Blue Ponies in a 39-30 loss on Saturday.

The M-ettes will travel to Rocky Boy this Friday, January 10, to take on the Northern Stars, a team that Malta had defeated handily in both games last season. They defeated Rocky Boy 74-50 on February 1, 2019 and 62-27 on January 4, 2019. Friday’s event is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Rocky Boy.

The M-ettes will then come home to take on the Roundup Panthers on Saturday, January 11, at 2 p.m. Last season, Malta defeated Roundup 37-21 on January 5, 2019, and squeaked out a 38-32 win on February 2, 2019.

In Malta’s first home game of the decade on Friday, January 3, the M-ettes went on a 20-6 second-quarter run that helped them secure a 70-52 victory.

“We played well together as a team,” Senior Carly Garfield said. “We were intense and played good defense.”

Malta was led by sophomore Justine Lamb who scored 12 points, going 6-of-10 from the floor.

Lamb was one of many M-ettes who helped defend against Wolf Point All-Conference guard Mya Fourstar.

“We just had to get in her head and not take our eyes off of her,” Lamb said. “She still played good but we got in her head.”

Kylee Nelson added 11 points and five steals.

“Kylee is definitely a key component to our team,” Garfield said. “Everyone is but she helps out a lot. She is fast, she is intense, she is scrappy, she is a good ball-handler, she had confidence.”

Erica Smith had nine points, five rebounds, and four steals. Garfield had eight points and nine rebounds. Kelbee Denham had eight points, six assists, and three steals. Denham was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

The M-ettes won the battle of turnovers, taking the ball away 22 times while having 13 turnovers of their own. Malta scored 23 points off of their turnovers, while Wolf Point was held to four. Malta also shot well from the floor making 28-of-54 (51 percent) field goal attempts. The team was 13-of-19 from the charity stripe.


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