EDGERTON — Edgerton’s girls basketball team used efficient offense to quickly turn a 12-point halftime deficit to four early in the third quarter of Saturday’s nonleague game against Montpelier.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Locomotives got rolling as well.
Montpelier went on a 25-3 run from late in the third quarter to midway through the fourth to pull away for a 64-40 victory at Edgerton High School.
“I give all the credit to the kids to not stop playing, they never gave up,” Edgerton coach Nathan Davis said of the Bulldogs. “That was a plus, but I think we just ran out of a little steam.
“Montpelier came right back and got three or four baskets, bang bang bang, and the score is what it looks like.”
Montpelier (6-1), which won its fifth straight game, had four players score in double figures in combining for 62 points.
Ariel Page, a 5-foot-10 junior, dominated the paint with a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double. Chelsea McCord added 15 points and seven rebounds, Emily Fritsch had 13 points and four boards and Jessi Bumb tallied 12 points and eight rebounds.
After leading 26-14 at halftime, the Locos found themselves in a battle early in the third.
Edgerton (1-6) opened the frame on an 8-0 run to pull within four. Rylei Moreno scored in the paint, Taylor Smith found Addie Cape for a 3-pointer and Brianna Wickerham converted a 3-point play — all in the first 90 seconds.
Moreno’s jumper made it 28-24 with 5:52 left, and Audrey Schroeder’s scoop for a score pulled Edgerton within 35-30 with 2:55 left.
That’s when Montpelier made its run.
McCord made 1-of-2 free throws and Trinity Richmire buried a long step-back jumper as the lead expanded to eight. Abbigail Herman made a free throw for Edgerton, but Fritsch scored in the paint off Bumb’s pass and Bumb drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Locos extended their lead to 43-31.
Page had three buckets in the paint, Bumb drove the baseline and converted a floater and McCord tallied five points, including a tough 3-point play after Montpelier grabbed multiple offensive rebounds, as the lead swelled to 60-33 with 3:35 left.
“Overall, the post play was good for Montpelier, and I think what really makes that good is their guards,” Davis said. “They can drive and get that post play open for them, but Montpelier works well together with the in and outside game, and when you have shooters outside, that does open up the inside.”
Cape, a 5-7 sophomore, drained three 3-pointers and had a team-high 11 points for Edgerton. Moreno added eight points and a team-high six rebounds; Schroeder had six points; and Smith and Herman both chipped in five.
“Give Edgerton credit tonight, it’s a team that’s scrappy and they get all those loose balls and all those second chance points and things like that,” Montpelier coach Mike Bumb said. “They made a few shots and pleased with how we came out in the second half, though.”
Montpelier dominated the boards 43-27. The Locos forced 23 turnovers and committed 11.
Montpelier shot 51 percent (25 of 49) from inside the arc and 44 percent (27 of 61) from the floor overall. Edgerton shot 35 percent (14 of 40) from the floor, including 38 percent (5 of 13) from 3-point range.
Edgerton, which last played on Dec. 22, had a season-high scoring output on Saturday.
“I think girls are finally stepping up, getting that confidence to shoot that shot,” Davis said. “I encourage all open (shooters) to get that ball up and we’ve got to score. I thought what we did well was getting that ball inside in that third quarter, that start of the fourth quarter, and kicking it back out. That’s where our 3s happened.”
Edgerton returns to action Thursday at Holgate in a Green Meadows Conference game, while Montpelier hosts Fayette in Buckeye Border Conference play Thursday.
Montpelier 64, Edgerton 40
Montpelier 14 12 17 21 — 64
Edgerton 5 9 17 9 — 40
Montpelier: Page 11 0 0-0 22, McCord 6 0 3-7 15, Bumb 4 1 1-3 12, Fritsch 3 1 4-6 13, Engels 0 0 0-1 0, Richmire 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 25-49 2-12 8-17 64.
Edgerton: Smith 1 1 0-0 5, A. Schroeder 2 0 2-4 6, G. Schroeder 0 0 2-4 2, Cape 1 3 0-0 11, Moreno 2 1 1-2 8, Wickerham 1 0 1-2 3, Herman 2 0 1-2 5. Totals: 9-27 5-13 7-14 40.
Junior Varsity: Edgerton, 26-25.