MHS girls take down Westminster-Oak Mountain

Montevallo's Dara Cook takes a breakaway to the basket in a Feb. 1 matchup with Westminster-Oak Mountain. (Contributed/Amy Pintaro)

Montevallo’s Dara Cook takes a breakaway to the basket in a Feb. 1 matchup with Westminster-Oak Mountain. (Contributed/Amy Pintaro)

By TREY HICKMAN/For the Reporter

MONTEVALLO — Though they weren’t in pristine form, the Montevallo varsity girls breezed to a 28-6 win on Senior Night against visiting Westminster-Oak Mountain Feb. 1 as both teams recouped from time away from the court.

The recent winter weather that waylaid the state precluded the two teams from practicing and playing, and both squads’ rustiness was glaring, especially early on.

The first points of the game didn’t come until Montevallo’s Dara Cook drained a 3-pointer with 3:10 left in the opening period. Meanwhile, the Knights didn’t enter the scoring column until Collins Mills’ bucket at the 1:45 mark.

“We practiced Monday but it’s been since last Friday I guess since we’ve played,” said Montevallo head coach Tena Niven. “They (the Bulldogs) were definitely rusty over these past few days. It took us a good period to kind of get started playing defense and definitely moving the ball better on offense.”

Some of Montevallo’s dullness had subsided by the second period, when Myshael Thompson tallied four of her six points as the Bulldogs blanked Westminster 14-0 to carry an 18-2 advantage into intermission.

Despite a less-than-inspiring performance over the latter two periods, Montevallo eased to victory.

“We seemed to get things going in that second period, which allowed us to get everybody in, some rotations in where everybody got about equal playing time,” Niven said. “It was a good senior night. You like for your seniors to be able to start. Of course both of them (Dara Cook and Natalie Holsomback) started tonightand played a pretty good bit.

“Then we were we able to kind of take them out at the end and show them a little bit of appreciation for everything that they’ve done for us.”

For Montevallo, Thompson and Alasha Reed tied for a game-high six points, followed by Cook and Isabel Gallo with four apiece.