Billies, Lady Billies both topple arch-rival Warren
The Monticello Billies hoped to keep their momentum going after defeating Hamburg on the road as the Warren Lumberjacks visited Dan Coston Field House last Friday.
Getting things started was a 17-15 victory by the seventh-grade Junior Lady Billies over the seventh-grade Junior Lady ’Jacks.
The Monticello Junior Billies tipped off the second game of the night against the Warren Junior Lumberjacks.
Playing an even first quarter, the Junior Billies scored eight points in the quarter led by Ked Anderson’s five. Warren also scored eight in the quarter.
Warren outscored Monticello in the second quarter by a single point to take a 16-15 lead into the locker room at the half.
Warren extended their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Monticello 10-5, to take a 26-20 lead into the final quarter of play.
Warren continued to lead Monticello in the fourth period, outscoring the Junior Billes 13-10 to take a 39-30 win.
For Monticello, Anderson led in scoring with nine points followed by K.J. Wells with six. Parker Franklin added five, Ryan Franklin four, Qua Rhodes and Amari Shaw two each, and Dakota Johnson and Dorian Allen finished the night with one point apiece.
The Monticello Lady Billies had to come back not only from deficit, but also from losing one of their key players to injury in the first quarter to keep the Warren Lady ’Jacks from taking a crucial Class 4A, District 8 game at home.
In the first quarter, Warren outscored Monticello 9-8 but it was Monticello’s leading scorer in the quarter, Chaney Scott, that had to leave the game after a collision at center court. Scott scored five points in the quarter.
Warren extended its lead to 20-17 at the half, outscoring Monticello 11-9 in the second quarter behind Addison Langford’s seven points. Warren cushioned the lead more in the third quarter, taking the quarter 15-9 for a 35-26 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
In that fourth period, Warren would have to play without Langford, who was forced to the bench with an injury. Langford had scored 12 points in the contest to that point, including two three-pointers.
Monticello began chipping away at the lead in the fourth and trailed by six points with 4 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the contest. At the same time Warren lost another player—this time to fouls—that left them with only four players on the court that were able to play.
During this time, Monticello’s Shania Smith was sidelined after going down after contact under the Warren basket. Warren would increase its lead to four points after a made free throw with less than three minutes to play.
With the Lady ’Jacks leading 40-36 with 49 seconds remaining in the game, Monticello’s Jayviona Parks pulled the Lady Billies within one point after she connected on a three-pointer from the corner that the score 40-39.
Smith was able to reenter the contest, and with 24 seconds remaining, put Monticello up by a single point, 41-40, connecting on two free throws.
Warren was able to retake the lead with seconds on the clock, 42-41, but at this time the Lady ’Jacks were playing with three players on the floor due to another foul out by a Warren player.
With seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, the Monticello Lady Billies found Yaniah McCoy under the basket. McCoy laid the ball in as the final buzzer sounded to give the Lady Billies a 43-42 come-from-behind victory.
For Monticello, Smith led the way with 10 points followed by Ajhane Simpson with nine points. McCoy added eight, Parks and Scott five each and Tyneisha Nolen four. Mayela Escamilia rounded out the scoring with two points.
With the win, Monticello improves to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in 8-4A. Warren falls to 8-4, 3-2.
The final game of the evening featured the Monticello Billies and the Warren Lumberjacks. A close game throughout the first half of play, the Lumberjacks were able to outscore Monticello 21-20 in both the first and second quarters to take a 42-40 lead into the half.
Monticello took the lead from Warren in the third quarter after the Billies opened up the second half with two consecutive three-pointers by Shannon Strickland. Monticello would go on to outscore Warren 16-7 in the quarter to take a 56-49 lead into the fourth quarter.
Monticello continued to lead the Lumberjacks in the final quarter extending their lead to 13 points before the final buzzer sounded to take a 74-61 victory.
For Monticello, Strickland led the way with 30 points followed by Keshaun Pippen with 21. K.J. Burks and Trenton Napier each had eight, Anthony Davis four and Kendavion Hughey two. Nick Smith rounded out the Billie scoring with one point.
With the win, Monticello improves to 11-6 overall, 4-2 in 8-4A. Warren falls to 8-6, 2-3.
Monticello will return to action Friday, hosting the Crossett Eagles. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. with the Junior Billies taking to the floor.