Monarch girls close streak

By Andrea Camarena

All good things must come to an end. The Exeter Monarchs capped their 14-game winning streak last week when they traveled to Garces for a quarter-final Rams win.

The 35-54 game marked Exeter's second loss at the hands of Garces this season. In a December preseason encounter, Garces won a 65-47 contest over the Monarchs.

Things looked gruesome for the Monarchs when Garces forced 16 turnovers in the first half to hold Exeter to 15 points while they took the lead with 26 points.

No. 4 seeded Garces held No. 5 seeded Exeter to only 37 shots for the entire game. Despite illness, junior Tiffany Marinos led the Monarchs in points with 11. Going into playoffs, Marinos was averaging 15.4 points per game and 10 rebounds.

Stand out freshman shooter Abby Bloetscher was held to seven points in the Garces game but she proved herself through the season by scoring an average of 14.9 points each game and snagging an average of 9.8 rebounds to keep up with Marinos.

Jody Williamson also hit the hoop for seven points against the Rams.

The Monarchs were unable to hold off Garces' Jackie Clare. She led the Rams attack scoring 23 points against Exeter.

The game in Garces was a dramatic shift for the Monarchs who kicked No. 12 Mendota out of the playoffs in a 65-25 Exeter win at home just two days earlier.

"We did good on defense. We didn't reach," said Exeter assistant coach Aaron Henderson. "Tonight they were unselfish. That's why they played so well."

The Monarch defense held Garces to 22% shooting from the field and made a run for the win with the guidance of 6-foot Bloetscher and forward Marinos.

Bloetscher unleashed 20 points against Mendota while Marinos made a close 19 and won 18 rebounds.

Marinos opened the game with the first Monarch basket while junior teammate Amanda Morgan finished it with the final game of the contest. Morgan posted a total of seven points for the night.

Sarah Wanzer also had a good night sinking eight points maintaining her eight points a game average.

One of three seniors on the team, Wanzer, along with Libby Hellwig and Genesis Vallejo ended their high school career with the most successful Monarch seasons of the last ten years.

Going out with a bang, Exeter accomplished its 14-1 east sequoia league record by silencing Corcoran's five year league winning streak half way through the season. Exeter earned the title of East Sequoia league co champions after continuing on to a 14-game winning streak.

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