DK girls take first lead in final seconds
Delton Kellogg's Mary Whitmore works to beat Constantine defender Charlee Balcom to the basket during the Panthers' win over the visiting Falcons Friday. (Photo by Perry Hardin)
The Delton Kellogg girls got back on the winning side of the ledger with a game winner by sophomore Mary Whitmore with 4.6 seconds left Friday night.
The Panther varsity girls' basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak as Whitmore gave her team its only lead of the ball game at 50-48 in the closing seconds. The victory is the 200th varsity basketball coaching victory for Mike Mohn who opened his career as the boys' head coach at DKHS and is now in his ninth season leading the girls' program.
DK was led by Hollie McManus' 20 points, eight rebounds, five steals and six assists Friday. Her back-court mate Erin Kapteyn had ten points and six rebounds.
On the defensive end, Panther guard Abbie Bever's effort against Constantine's best player was key, limiting just three first-quarter points.
“Great effort on the defensive end of the floor by Abbie,” coach Mohn said. “Very proud of her and and how she factored in to the overall success of our team.”
Whitmore finished with eight points.
The DK girls could have been in better shape had they taken better care of the basketball. They turned it over 22 times and also allowed 13 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds by the Falcons.
“We have to shore those two areas up if we are to find success in the future. It has been an issue for us all season,” Mohn said.
He was pleased to have seven girls score for his team.
“Our exchange-student from Spain, Eva Fernandez-Villalobos, is starting to come on and be more of a factor.”
Fernandez-Villalobos had four points, six rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot Friday, while only turning the ball over twice.
Katie Tobias ended up with 13 rebounds to lead DK in that category.
“The last couple of games, and the last week or so in practices, she has been a crazy on the glass. Not sure what she's been eating ,but hopefully that will continue,” Mohn said of Tobias. “Great stuff coming from her.”
The Delton Kellogg girls have another SAC Valley match-up at Lawton Friday. The Panthers are now 4-4 overall this season and 1-3 in the SAC Valley.