Veterans lead Maroon in annual scrimmage
Oct. 25, 2012
Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig wanted to see what his returning starters could do together, so he put them on the same team for the first half of Thursday night's Maroon and Silver scrimmage. If early results are any indication, Montana, with five returning starters, appears ready for the regular season.
Behind 13 points from junior sharpshooter Torry Hill, who knocked down all three of her 3-point attempts in the first half, the Maroons used solid shooting and suffocating defense to roll to a 17-point halftime lead and take most of the suspense out of the annual scrimmage, which ended 63-42.
Hill scored 13 of her team's 28 first-half points, and the Maroons harassed the Silvers into 11.5 percent shooting. The Silvers, who started two true freshmen and had another two true freshmen as their available bench players, made just three of their 26 first-half shots and turned the ball over nine times.
"The older group performed very well," Selvig said. "We had all the freshmen on one team, and that made it a little tough for that club. We had a nice crowd, and there were obviously some nervous kids. Maroon was the more experienced team, and it showed."
Hill and senior Alyssa Smith switched to the Silvers at the half, but even their 15 combined second-half points weren't enough to ever get the Silvers close.
Getting senior Ali Hurley and sophomore Kellie Cole at the break in exchange for Hill and Smith, the Maroons kept up their hot shooting over the second of the two 16-minute halves. They shot 57.1 percent in the second half and finished at 52.2 percent for the game.
Hill scored 23 points between her halves split between the two teams, going a perfect 5 for 5 from 3-point range. She also added four assists.
Freshman Molly Klinker came off the bench to lead the Silvers with 11 points, including a 2-for-2 effort from 3-point range, backing up Selvig's earlier claim that his freshman from Fairfield may have the sweetest, softest 3-point stroke on the team.
Freshman Rachel Staudacher grabbed 10 rebounds for the Silvers to lead both teams.
Perhaps the most exciting development on the evening was the shooting of the Lady Griz veterans. The team's presumed starters finished at 54.3 percent, a sweet number compared to last season's 36.8 percent year-long struggle. The five starters also went 9 for 11 from 3-point range.
It still wasn't enough to get the 35th-year coach, who won't see what he really wants to see until the team's exhibition games, overly excited.
"Everybody did some good things, but I have a hard time telling too much when we're playing each other," Selvig said.
Montana will get its first chance to face someone other than itself Tuesday when the Lady Griz host Carroll Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first of their two home exhibition games.
Montana will host Minot State on Monday, Nov. 5, then open the regular season at Temple on Friday, Nov. 9, in Philadelphia.
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