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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

M-ettes win a pair of games


January 15, 2020

Pierre Bibbs

Justine Lamb squares up for a free throw in an earlier game.

The Malta M-ettes basketball team is currently on a three-game win streak as the team prepares to head to Glasgow on Friday, January 17, to take on the rival Glasgow Lady Scotties.

"It was a good weekend," Coach Nate Hammond said of Malta's wins over Rocky Boy and Roundup. "The non-conference games are a little less stressful. We want to come out and play loose and work on things that are important so that we can win those conference games."

Though the Lady Scotties started off the season 5-0, the team is currently on a three-game losing streak, losing most recently to Harlem and Scobey, the scores were 60-43 and 52-29 respectively.

After their clash with Glasgow, the M-ettes are scheduled to have a home game against the Shelby Lady Coyotes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, at 5:30 p.m.

Last Friday, January 10, the M-ettes posted a dominant 62-39 win over the Rocky Boy Northern Stars in Rocky Boy.

The team was led by freshman Kylee Nelson who had 17 points, five rebounds, and two steals. She was 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

"She is so quick on both ends of the floor that she gives teams a lot of problems," Coach Hammond said. "She is a good shot too, which is really nice to have."

Allie Kunze had 13 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.

"She got in there with some pretty big girls and it was a good experience for her to be able to play against kids that size," Coach Hammond said. "She is extremely talented as well. She knows how to score and she is a very smart player."

Sidney Meeks had a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double, and two steals.

"Sidney did great," Coach Hammond said. "She got herself in a good position down there under the basket. We were able to get her the ball and she had a great game for us."

Kelbee Denham had seven points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Erica Smith had six points, seven rebounds, and three steals.

The M-ettes defense held Rocky Boy's offense in check limiting them to only 13-of-54 (24%) shots made from the field. Rocky Boy was 3-of-24 from behind the arc. The M-ettes were 5-of-12 (41%) from behind the arc and 26-68 (38%) from the field.

Malta also won the battle of the boards, notching up 53 rebounds, while Rocky Boy only had 26.

Malta's success on the boards continued the next night in their 40-32 win over Roundup. The M-ettes had 34 rebounds, while Roundup had 19.

"I thought that we had good energy on Friday night and we had a little less energy on Saturday but we did enough things right to beat a really good team," Coach Hammond said.

Malta was led by Nelson who had 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Smith had 11 points and two steals.

Carly Garfield, Kunze, and Kylie Hunter each had four points.

Though the game was pretty close throughout, the M-ettes went on a 10-0 run that started within the last four minutes of the third quarter.


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