Karen Deden racked her brain, trying to remember any time her Sentinel Spartan girls had rolled on such a run before.
“Maybe…,” the 14-year Sentinel head coach began before changing tracks, “but that wasn’t against AA.”
Any way you slice it, the Spartans’ 31-2 run against Western AA foe Kalispell Flathead on Saturday was one for the ages. The stretch leading into the first-half buzzer gave Sentinel a 37-7 lead and a definitive lock what would become a 53-25 victory.
But how did it all go down?
Well Sentinel shot very well from the field first of all, making 12 of 27 shots for a 44-percent clip. The Spartans also created more turnovers than a bakery, nabbing eight steals as part of the Bravettes’ 13 first-half giveaways.
But the Bravettes, who have three wins to their credit this year and aren’t as bad as such a run would suggest, had a little something to do with it as well.
The Kalispell girls missed 15 straight shots from the field to end the first half after making two of their first five. The frustration continued throughout the entirety of the third quarter when Flathead shot 0-10 from the field and didn’t come to an end until the first minute of the fourth quarter.
By the time Lizzie Sherwood put back her own miss on an offensive rebound to snap a stretch of 26 consecutive missed field goals — her team was shooting 2-31 at that point (6.5 percent) if you’re keeping track — Sentinel had built itself a 46-12 lead.
So to recap: Sentinel mounts 21-0 run over eight minutes of first half; Flathead free throws make it a 31-2 run at intermission; continued frustration yields a 40-5 run in Sentinel’s favor.
Yeah, those two-time defending State AA Spartans are pretty good.