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SMNW girls open Truman Tournament in a major way

January 16, 2012

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The SM Northwest girls basketball team rode a balanced attack to a not-so-balanced victory Monday in the first round of the Truman Tournament.

Sophomore McKayla Ross's 15 points led the team en route to a 66-22 victory against Lee's Summit West to improve to 7-2.

Northwest built a 23-9 first-quarter lead and continued its dominating pace, outscoring the Titans 20-4 in the second quarter.

"Our girls swarmed the court like a bunch of piranhas and made it difficult for them to get into their offense," coach Jeff Dickson said in a news release.

Senior Sarah Schmidt scored 10 points while senior Jess Johnson and sophomore Amanda Hoelting each edded eight. Freshman Tracy Monahan scored 6 points. Eleven Cougars got on the board.

Northwest had to content with Iowa State signee Emiah Bingley and held her to 9 points, well below her season average.

"The girls came out with great focus and intensity and were very determined to make things happen with their defense," Dickson said.

The victory comes after a narrow defeat to SM South at home on Friday. Monday's victory wasn't the Cougars' most lopsided margin of victory. That would be its early-season 88-19 takedown of Washington High.

The Truman Tournament continues through Saturday.

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