Falcons girls show progress in two losses

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010

It might not have recorded that first program victory yet, but the Thunder Mountain girls' basketball team is undoubtedly playing its best basketball ever at this early point in the season.

The Falcons dropped two games on the road in Sitka over the weekend, but the results still have coach Tanya Nizich thrilled with her team's outlook.

TMHS lost 53-31 and 53-39 on Friday and Saturday night, respectively, but the box scores were a sight for sore eyes.

"It's always great to keep a well-developed team into the 50s or 60s (scoring), and just the numbers were great to see," Nizich said. "It's definitely a tremendous difference from last year.

"The girls saw it, too," she continued. "Having (the score) right there for them just gives them that push, that drive to want it that much more."

Sophomore wing Jonelle Staveland set a Thunder Mountain girls' basketball single-game record with 23 points on Saturday night, including seven 3-pointers as the Falcons got within two points of Sitka in the third quarter before the Wolves pulled away.

Newcomer Melissa Fisher made her presence known Friday night, leading her team in scoring with seven points on the evening.

Nizich also said freshman Michaela Demmert was a major contributor in her first high school basketball action.

"Michaela played outstanding defense while she was in the game against their No. 1 scorer," she said. "She just contained her down low every time she was in there.

"That was a big job we sent her out to do and she did it extremely well."

The Falcons will try for their program's first-ever win next weekend when they hit the road again versus Petersburg.

The teams are set for a three-game series tipping off Thursday night at Petersburg High School.

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