With a dominating 48-20 Western Michigan Conference win over the Shelby Tigers on Friday evening, the Montague girls basketball team improved to 9-1 in the conference and now sits just behind the first-place Hart Pirates.

Taking control immediately, the Wildcats put pressure on the Shelby defense as they snapped off a 13-4 scoring run in the first quarter and continued the advantage with another run in the second quarter to stand on top 28-11 after the first half of play.

The Wildcats continued to produce on both sides of the ball holding the Tigers to just three points while draining 15 points of their own to stretch their massive lead and pushing the score to 43-14 by the end of the third quarter.

As the dust settled in the final stanza the Wildcats had the game in the bag.

“Great energy and focus from the tip,” said Montague head coach Nick Thaler. “We went on the road in a challenging environment and did what we needed to do.”

Supporting the Wildcats all over the court was Kendall Osborne who scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made five assists while Emma Peterson added 11 points, six rebounds and two steals. Emma Dyer also chipped in posting six points, two rebounds and two steals.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Kendall Zoulek who scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds while Biloxi Lee and Ella Olmstead grabbed eight and seven rebounds respectively.

Montague climbs to 13-3 and is set to host Manistee on Monday.

Shelby falls to 9-8 with a 5-6 record in the WMC. The Tigers will be at home on Thursday to host the Ravenna Bulldogs in league action.