Braves pull away in fourth over Sigourney

Summer Barthelman was given the task of shutting down Shateah Wetering, and did so for much of the game against Montezuma. Barthelman wrapped up her Sigourney career by chipping in with six points, three rebounds, two steals and one block in the Regional Final.

The stakes couldn’t be much higher, the winner moves on to play at the State tournament while the loser has their season end that close to making it onto the Big Stage. Those were the options for Sigourney and Montezuma when the two squads met up in Williamsburg on February 18 for the Regional 5 Final. Sigourney hung around for much of the game, but Montezuma used a big finish to win it 45-26.

The two teams had met up earlier in the season with Sigourney nearly pulling off a huge upset at home. Both teams struggled to find any consistent offense, but the Braves did just enough to win an ugly game 26-24. In their second meeting, Montezuma entered as the third ranked team in 1A while Sigourney had also made their way into the mix, ranked 15th.

The Lady Savages knew they’d have their hands full with Shateah Wetering and for most of the game, they managed to keep her in check. They also knew that in order to beat Montezuma, they’d have to win with defense and keep the score low. They also accomplished that goal for a good chunk of the game.

The Lady Savages finished their season with a 19-4 record. They won their first five games of the season before losing to Montezuma and finished the year with a 10-game win streak before their second loss to the Braves.
For Barthelman and Ryleigh Leonard, it was their final game of their Sigourney career. Neither put up big numbers on offense but they did a lot more than what showed up on the stat sheet. Barthelman led the team with 55 assists to go with 78 steals. 69 rebounds and 12 blocks. Leonard had 42 steals, 33 rebounds and 28 assists.
To read the full recap from the Regional Final, including coach Zach Tremmel's comments, pick up this weeks' edition of the News-Review.