“I feel like tonight we became a team. We played like a team and ... we became a team tonight,” he said following a recent victory.
Martin is the head coach of the Lady Red Devils basketball team, which beat the Monticello Buckaroos 43-36 at home on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Lady Red Devils outscored Monticello in the first three quarters 13-6, 9-7 and 17-11.
The Buckaroos had a burst of energy and tried to stage a comeback very late in the third quarter continuing into the fourth, but it was too little too late.
“Exciting game. We executed our game plan to perfection. Our plan was to move the ball, move the ball, move the ball ... find the open girl and take a good shot and they did that all game long,” Martin said. “They were patient with their offense and found the open person and took the shot. Defensively, outstanding. We knew who their top scorers were and we put our best defenders on them all game long and it worked, it was very, very effective.”
According to Martin, in the first half Veda Gritts and Hannah Owen did a lot of pick and rolls and give and go’s. Monticello shut that action down in the second half, which freed up Mercedes Zunich to start shooting threes and she was lights out, hitting them all night long. Zunich had 15 points, four rebounds, and a steal. Gritts had 11 points, four assists, and 13 rebounds. Owen had 11 points, three assists and nine rebounds.
“I’m really proud of Mercedes Zunich. She had an outstanding game, so I’m proud of that young lady. I’m really, really happy for our seniors. They’ve been playing together now for four years and it’s the first time in four years they beat Monticello,” Martin said.
The team faced Pinnacle Academy in Price on Dec. 18 after The Times-Independent printed the B section.