Belleville East girls use tough defense to stop O'Fallon

News-DemocratDecember 20, 2013 

Action from the Belleville East vs O'Fallon girls basketball game on 12/20/13. Montira Mosby scored 21 points during the game.


— The Belleville East Lancers long and successful week got even better on Friday at the O'Fallon Panther Dome.

Senior Montira Mosby continued to shine with a game-high 21 points while Brynesha Mosby helped key a stellar defensive effort as the Lancers rolled to a 48-36 win over O'Fallon in a Southwestern Conference game.

East (7-4, 4-2), showing little effect from final exam week, looked sharp from the beginning as it scored its second win over the sluggish Panthers in 10 days in the opener of the annual girl-boy doubleheader between the SWC rivals.

With Mosby canning a pair of 3-point shots and scoring 13 points, the Lancers jumped to leads of 10-3 after one quarter and 21-7 at halftime.

O'Fallon (2-3, 4-3) would get no closer than eight points in the second half.

The win is especially impressive in that it came just three days after an emotional win over Belleville West. Coupled with the stress of finals and it been a big week for the Lancers.

"I was concerned about a letdown. We talked a lot about that the last couple of days and not letting it happen,'' Lancers coach Andrea Seipp said. "We thought that we took some steps in beating West and we wanted to keep moving ahead.

"I thought the differences in the game were rebounding and on the defensive end of the court. Brynesha (Mosby) did a great job in guarding Jasmine Bonds.''

Fresh off an emotional win over Belleville West on Tuesday, East kept its momentum alive with an impressive first half effort both on defense and on the backboards.

With the 5-11 Montira Mosby helping to keep the Panther to just one shot on most occasions, the Lancers defense also forced six first half turnovers.

But the story of the first two quarters was the ice cold shooting of the Panthers.

O'Fallon managed just one field goal and five points in the first half 10 minutes and finished with just seven points.

"We were very sluggish in the first half and I really have no explanation for it. I can't use the final exams excuse because everybody had final exams this week,'' Panthers coach Ryan Massey said. "We actually outscored them (East) by a point in the second half.

"But you're not going to win game in this league scoring seven points in a half and you're not going to win by only playing 16 minutes.''

Meanwhile, Mosby was also doing the job on the offensive end of the floor.

"Some college is going to get a real find in Montira. She can score inside and she can shoot the ball from the perimeter like she did tonight.'' Seipp said. "At 7-4 and playing good basketball, I like where we are right now.''

With Mosby scoring five points and senior Ryley Blomberg connecting on a 3-point shot, East led 10-3 after one quarter.

Montira Mosby, who led the way for the Lancers with 13 first half points, nailed back-to-back 3-point shots and Kelsey Smith added a 3-point jumper for East which built a 14-point lead at intermission.

Bonds led O'Fallon with 12 points.

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