Lady Billies keep regional hopes alive with overtime victory at Lake Village
After breezing by Lake Village Lakeside 78-37 at home, Monticello’s Lady Billies were forced into overtime at Lake Village. The outcome was the same—a Monticello victory—but that result was considerably harder to obtain.
Senior Deja Stanley took over the extra period, scoring eight of her team-high 21 points, to lead the Lady Billies to a hard-fought 66-65 win on Friday night. With the result, Monticello improved to 4-6 in Class 4A, District 8 and held onto its slim hope of advancing to the 4A South regional tournament in two weeks at Nashville.
As the lone 4A conference not to hold a district tournament, 4A-8 sends the top four teams in the regular season into regional play. Monticello is currently on the outside looking in but, with four district games remaining to be played, could make a late run for fourth place.
Tuesday night, Monticello was to play DeWitt but ice and snow forced the Dragonettes to remain at home. The contest has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday but, with both districts canceling classes because of weather, likely will not be played. Friday night, the Lady Billies are scheduled to travel to Dumas, with a trip to Crossett and a visit from league leader Star City looming on next week’s schedule as the regular season winds down.
At Lake Village, Monticello had to come from behind to claim a much-needed conference victory. The Lady Beavers led 14-9 after eight minutes and matched Monticello point-for-point in the middle two periods to take that five-point lead into the final stanza. Behind three-pointers from Yasmine Franklin and Sedre’auna Griddine, Monticello turned around the first-quarter score to force a tie at the end of regulation.
Both teams scored more points in the extra five minutes than Monticello had in the first eight and Lakeside had in the last eight. Stanley imposed her will in extra time with four field goals, while a two-pointer from Franklin and a lone free throw by Dontazsha Brown proved the margin of victory for Monticello.