Pettie starts for Monmouth College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Monmouth College women's basketball team's season opener had a face only a mother could love.

Despite shooting a mere 15 percent from the floor in the first half, the Scots led Eureka 19-17 at intermission and went on to post a 60-53 win. Coach Melissa Bittner wasn't overly worried about the first half.

"I knew we couldn't shoot any worse," said Bittner. "Shooting can have a snowball effect. It can be a good snowball effect, or a bad snowball effect. Once we started missing a few, nothing went in."

The "snowball effect" became an avalanche and the Scots needed to build a snow cave in their locker room at halftime. It's amazing what a few halftime adjustments can do, especially when three players - Alison Andrews, Lindsie Pettie and Justine Boone - experienced their first collegiate start.

"It may have been a little first-game jitters," said Bittner. "We really turned up the defense in the second half and forced 31 turnovers. There are going to be games where we don't shoot well. That's just basketball. But you can make up for that with good defense."

Pettie hit two of nine shots from the field in her first game and had a pair of rebounds, a steal and a block shot. Pettie played 24 minutes in the outing.