GIRLS BASKETBALL: Exeter beats Eagles

The Exeter Girls' basketball team lost for the first time in league play Wednesday, Feb. 7 to the Selma Bears at the Selma gymnasium. With Ashley Wilson out due to sickness early in the week, the Monarchs were out of sink for most of the night.

At the end of the first quarter, the Bears were on top 18-10 as Selma sank a 3-point shot at the buzzer.

The Monarchs inched back to within 5 only to have the Bears go on another run.

With 4 seconds left in the first half, the Bears hit another 3-point shot to go up 36-27 at half time.

It happened again at the end of the third quarter as the Bears hit yet another 3-point shot at the buzzer to go into the fourth quarter with a 49-35 lead.

The Monarchs would fight back to within 5 points but could get no closer than that as the final quarter ended, giving the Monarchs their first league loss with a score of 51-42.

&#8220Selma shot great tonight and we were inconsistent from the floor, only making 11 of 49 shots. They got all their players involved and they kept us out of rhythm all night,” Exeter head coach Linda Wachter said. &#8220They out-played us tonight.”

With a 6-1 record, the Monarchs traveled to Immanuel to face the Eagles on their home court on Friday, Feb. 9. The Monarchs won their last contest with Immanuel by 5 points. &#8220Before the game I believed that we would have a great game. They are too good a group to keep down for long,” Exeter assistant coach Tim Snodgrass said.

The Monarchs came out and proved why they are a team seeking a Championship as they outscored the Eagles in every quarter.

&#8220We knew how to play Immanuel. It was just a question of whether we would be disciplined enough to do it coming off our first loss,” Wachter said. &#8220I think we may have played the most unselfish game of the year tonight.”

The Monarchs won 59-36.

&#8220I am so happy for those girls. They have worked so hard to get to this point in the season. This Wednesday's game in Kingsburg will be for the league championship and we are all excited,” Snodgrass said.

Games start at 4:30 p.m. with the freshman, 6 p.m. with the JV, and 7:30 p.m. with the varsity. The last league game of the season will be on Friday, Feb. 16 at home against Coalinga.

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