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LINDEN — From start to finish North Montgomery dominated Elwood 54-28 to earn their first win of the season.
After struggling offensively in their first two losses, the Chargers put everything together on Tuesday night.
“It’s nice to come out here,” Chargers coach Ryan Nuppnau said. “We struggled our first two games offensively. We played great defensively the first two games, and played pretty good defensively here. But it was nice to see our offense get going. We have struggled lately just with confidence with our shot.”
The Chargers (1-2) jumped out to a 19-10 lead after a quarter, and extended it to 31-16 at the half.
Senior Emily Sennett buried a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, and reached double-figures with 12 points.
Sophomores Katie Rice and Madi Welch combined for a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the first quarter, as the Chargers connected on 11-of-15 for the game.
Rice led all scorers with 14 points, and reached double-figures in rebounds to record a double-double.
The Panthers (0-3) closed the lead to 22-16 late in the second quarter, but a Grace McClaskey triple sparked a 9-0 North Montgomery run to end the first half.
Maddie Moseley added a pair of field goals in the third quarter, helping the Chargers lead grow to 43-18, before the rout continued when Sinnett nailed a 3-pointer early in the fourth period to give North Montgomery their biggest lead at 30 points.
North Montgomery connected on 20-of-51 shots from the field, as seven different Chargers found the scoring column.
“It is nice when you have seven, eight or nine girls who can all put the ball in the hoop, and our confident in putting the ball into the hoop,” Nuppnau said. “It makes it tough defensively for the other team, and it also makes it a little easier for us offensively to move some girls around, and in the future put in some special plays here and there.”
The Chargers also outrebounded the Panthers 42-25.
Courtney Todd led Elwood with 12 points, while Moseley and Makinze Rominger each added eight for the Chargers.
North Montgomery is back in action at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Attica.
North Montgomery 54, Elwood 28
NM 19 12 12 11 — 54
E 10 6 6 6 — 28
Elwood (0-3): Hannah Everson 0 1-2 1, Riley Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Sydney Scott 1 0-0 2, Lezi Crosbie 1 1-2 3, Claudia Leavell 1 1-3 3, Olivia Shannon 1 2-2 5, Courtney Todd 5 0-0 12; Totals 10-44 5-9 28.
North Montgomery (1-2): Hadley Broadwater 0 0-0 0, Sidney Zachary 0 0-0 0, Lydia Dugard 1 0-2 2, Madi Welch 0 4-5 4, Grace McClaskey 2 0-0 6, Maddie Moseley 4 0-0 8, Makinze Rominger 3 2-2 8, Emily Sennett 4 1-2 12, Katie Rice 5 4-4 14; Totals 20-51 11-13 54.
3-Point Shooting: E 3-13 (Todd 2, Shannon), NM 5-14 (Sennett 3, Mclaskey 2).
Rebounds: E 25, NM 42
Turnovers: E 18, NM 19