In a season of streaks, the Montgomery High girls basketball team is getting hot at just the right time.
On Friday night, the Aztecs claimed their fifth straight victory with a 56-40 Senior Night victory over visiting Castle Park.
“I’m very happy. We executed just the way I wanted,” said Montgomery coach Cassie Klockgether. “Everyone did their job.”
The game plan was simple — win and stay alive for the South Bay League title. Now all the Aztecs have to do to grab a share of the crown is to win at league-leading Chula Vista on Tuesday night and then win a Valentine’s Day season finale at Sweetwater.
Friday night’s game was never in doubt. Montgomery (17-6, 8-2) led 16-4 at the end of the opening quarter and never looked back. The Aztecs’ tenacious defense held Castle Park (13-7, 7-4) to a single 3-point shot and a free throw in the quarter.
It was all very different from the first time around. The Trojans were the last team to beat Montgomery, handing the Aztecs a 42-39 loss Jan. 18. It was their third-straight defeat.
Montgomery hasn’t lost since.
“Castle Park got us the first round, but tonight we did what we had to do,” said Klockgether.
Leading the way was senior Laura Tapio. She spent the night at the free-throw line, converting 11 of 16 en route to a game-high 22 points.
“She’s such a coachable player,” Klockgether said of Tapio. “She knows when she has the shot to take it, but she also knows how to get others involved.”
Classmate Alexis Jimenez chipped in with 10.
Castle Park’s Gloria Dukes and Sarah Montion each had seven.