SHANNON MEYER cuts off the baseline against Berlin on Friday night. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
December 09, 2013ALTON — Brian Contorchick's varsity coaching career got off to a fine start on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Prospect Mountain hoop girls recorded a 51-40 win over Berlin, kicking off the Division III season in style.
"It was absolutely fantastic," Contorchick said. "I was so proud of the girls.
"They did everything I asked them to do defensively," he continued. "It was a lot of fun."
The first-year Timber Wolf coach noted that the girls are buying in to what he wants to do with the program and he is excited to see where things go from the first game.
"Girls have bought into what I've trying to do with the program," Contorchick said. "For us to be successful out of the gate give me a good strong hope for the season."
The Timber Wolves outscored the Mountaineers in the first three quarters of the game before backing off a bit in the fourth quarter, allowing the visitors to cut the lead to nine at the final whistle.
"We sort of let up on the gas pedal," Contorchick said of the fourth quarter. "But we had a 20-point lead with six or seven minutes to go."
He noted that he didn't expect the girls to bring that lack of intensity to any games going forward.
"They didn't continue their intensity (in the final frame), but I completely understand that," he said. "I expect the intensity to be there from top-off to buzzer at Gilford (after deadline Tuesday). We'll be ready."
The Timber Wolf girls led 12-9 after one period and took a 25-18 lead to the halftime break. The third quarter provided the Timber Wolves with some breathing room, as they outscored the Mountaineers by a 17-6 score, taking a 42-24 lead to the final frame.
For the Timber Wolves, Ella Montminy brought her A game, putting in 24 points in the win. Hope Carazzo and Amelia Duane each chipped in with eight points, accounting for 40 of the 51 points for the Prospect girls.
"Ella stepped up huge," Contorchick said.
With those three girls leading the way on offense, the defense was stifling, led by the play of seniors Anna Hingston and Shannon Meyer.
"They played really solid outside defense, forced Berlin drives into shots they didn't want to take," the Timber Wolf coach said. "We executed really well on the defensive end of the floor."
Contorchick noted that there was still some work for his squad to do on the offensive end, particularly on the fast break, but he expects things to improve as the season gets going.
The Timber Wolf mentor was able to savor his first win as a varsity coach for so long, as he was already looking ahead.
"We got off on the right foot," Contorchick said. "Now we have to stay there. I think we will, I'm very optimistic about that."
The Timber Wolves will be in action on Friday, Dec. 13, at Inter-Lakes for a 6 p.m. start before returning home to host Farmington in a 6:30 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
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