2021-22 Montpelier girls basketball team picture

Members of the Montpelier girls basketball team are (front row, from left) manager Libbey Brigle, manager Maggie Richmire and manager Grace Bauer; (middle) Krista Phongphiou, Kelsie Bumb, Trinity Richmire, Tatum Grime and Kaycee Humbarger; (back) assistant coach Jodi Grime, Jada Uribes, Mandy Taylor, Ariel Page, Chelsea McCord, Meara McGee, coach Mike Bumb and assistant coach David Bauer.

MONTPELIER — Montpelier’s girls basketball team had one of its best seasons in program history during the 2020-21 campaign.

The Locomotives went 18-4 overall and undefeated in Buckeye Border Conference play (12-0) to win their third league title and first outright crown in school history (shared BBC with Edon and Stryker in 2019-20, shared Northwest Ohio Athletic League with Wauseon in 1999).

Montpelier, though, lost 49-35 in a Division III sectional final to Delta to end its season and six seniors, including key players in Jessi Bumb (9.6 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game), Emily Fritsch (7.1, 3.5, 1.3, 2.1), and Ali Repp (6.9, 3.5).

However, the Locos are still returning some of their best players from a year ago.

They’re headlined by three seniors: three-year letterwinners Ariel Page (forward) and Chelsea McCord (guard) and two-year winner Trinity Richmire (guard).

Page (5-foot-11) was named all-Ohio honorable mention and BBC player of the year last season. She also earned first-team all-BBC for the second straight season, first-team District 7 and second team all-Northwest District after leading Montpelier in points per game (13.3), rebounds (6.8) and blocks (1.3).

McCord, who earned second-team all-BBC and was an all-District 7 honorable mention, dropped 8.9 points per game, was second on the team in rebounds (5.7) and averaged two steals a game.

Richmire added 4.9 points per game, 3.4 assists and 2.2 boards. The team as a whole averaged 51.8 points per game, 31.4 rebounds and 13.3 assists.

“We always have high expectations, but we recognize although we have three returning starters from an 18-4 team, we will need to develop other talent to fill out the roster,” said third-year Locos coach Mike Bumb, who has a 32-15 record with Montpelier. “We have zero experience outside of our three returning starters and that is a concern. I think our roster has some young talent but they are unproven at the varsity level and will need time to develop.”

Rounding out the rest of the roster are freshman Jada Uribes (forward), sophomore Meara McGee (forward), junior Tatum Grime (forward), junior Mandy Taylor (center), junior Kaycee Humbarger (guard) and senior Krista Phongphiou (guard/forward).

Bumb said the trio of Page, McCord and Richmire, a talented younger class and size are all advantages for Montpelier this year in its quest for a third straight conference title.

“We have great, high-character kids. This leads me to believe we will continue to improve as the season goes on,” Bumb said.

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