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Girls' Basketball: Monarchs Blow By Bruins

January 25, 2012
By NICK BEDWAY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

GLEN DALE - Normally thought of as the quiet assassin on the John Marshall High School girls' basketball team, Alexis Montes came up big during Tuesday night's 72-34 romp against invading Brooke.

The veteran senior forward scored 22 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had a couple of steals on the back end of the press in leading John Marshall to victory No. 9.

''Lex stepped up and played a great game but we also had a great team game," John Marshall coach Mark McCormick said. ''This is what I've been preaching to these girls. We can't rely on one player every night. Everybody contributed to this win.''

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John Marshall’s Alexis Montes (40) puts up a shot against Brooke’s Angela Staffileno (54) on Tuesday night as the Bruins’ Samantha Mazzone (14) and Marena Cline (5) look on.

The Monarchs rolled past the Bruins (2-10) for the second time this season despite the 18 points collected by Brooke freshman Angela Staffileno.

The daughter of former Brooke High and University of Maryland football standout Ron Staffileno, the 6-foot-1 forward hit shots from several areas of the floor, including a 3-pointer, and she showed a nice touch at the foul line where she drained 5 of 6 attempts.

''Staffileno is going to be an excellent player," McCormick said. ''(Brooke coach) Ryan (Scherich) is doing a great job with those girls and he's got a nice nucleus to build a very good program.''

Although Staffileno scored 11 of Brooke's 13 points in the second quarter, it was that point of the game when John Marshall began pulling away. After Kelsey Welsch took a home run pass from the other end to score a basket that pulled the Bruins to within 18-15 early in the second, the Monarchs exploded with 14 consecutive points.

Montes also had a huge hand in that run. Kristin Lewicki made the front end of a two-shot foul but after her second shot bounced off the rim, Montes grabbed the rebound and was hacked while scoring on the stickback. Her free throw extended the lead to 23-15.

Brooke committed one of its 23 turnovers against the John Marshall press and Montes was fouled again while going up for the shot. She cashed the first attempt, missed the second but Mallory Ball beat the Bruins to the rebound and also scored on the stickback.

Lewicki's dish to Shannon Pegg added up to two more points, then was followed up by a one-hander from Jenna Stephens. Finally, Pegg tallied on another putback, elevating the lead to 32-15 before Staffileno broke the Brooke dry spell by netting two free throws with just 1:40 left in the half.

Ball extended the lead back to 17 with her steal and coast-to-coast drive but Staffileno tallied the final four points of the half, rallying the Bruins to within 34-21 at the break.

However, Brooke managed 13 points in the second half as John Marshall pulled away behind 10 points from Montes in the third quarter and nine by Kylie Howard during the first 5 minutes of the fourth before both benches were cleared.

''We don't have one player on our team with any varsity experience prior to this year," Scherich said. ''It's a learning process and it's going to take a while but our girls have to get over being nervous coming into games. I could understand it after four or five games but we're 12 games into the season and the kids have to get mentally tougher.

''We hustled but John Marshall has another gear they are playing at right now.''

Howard was the only other Monarch in double figures, tossing in 12 points after a tough start which saw the junior standout connect on just 1 of 8 from the floor during the first three quarters.

''Kylie stayed composed and I have to give the kid major credit for coming back the way she did in the second half," McCormick said.

Howard was a major factor underneath the glass , pulling down 13 rebounds. Stephens gathered in 12 missed shots and scored eight points.

''We got our cages rattled a little bit in losing at Park last week," McCormick said. ''But I like the direction we are going in right now.''

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