Billies, Lady Billies keep streaks alive
The Monticello Lady Billies traveled to Magnolia last Friday, attempting to avenge an earlier nine-point loss to the Lady Panthers on Jan. 8.
Magnolia got out to a six-point lead in the first quarter of play, doubling the Lady Billies’ output on the scoreboard, taking a 12-6 lead. But Monticello overtook Magnolia in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers 14-4 behind a nine-point quarter by Shania Smith. Monticello took a 20-16 lead into the half.
The Lady Billies extended the lead in the third quarter, 33-27, after outscoring Magnolia 14-11.
In the final quarter of play, Monticello secured the win with a 19-point performance to Magnolia’s 14. Monticello closed the game taking a 52-41 victory.
Leading the way for the Lady Billies was Smith with 33 points followed by Trania Price with eight.
Mayela Escamilla scored seven with Tyniesha Nolen and Ajhane Simpson scoring two points each.
Taking to the court after the Lady Billies, the Monticello Billies were able to overcome an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 59-55 victory.
Returning to the hardwood on Tuesday, the Monticello Junior Lady Billies scored double digits in three of four quarters to take a 41-16 victory over the Junior Lady Lions of Hamburg at Dan Coston Field House.
Tipping off in the next contest, the Monticello Lady Billies held off the Lady Lions in the first quarter, 14-12, before pulling away from Hamburg in the second quarter 18-8 to take a 32-20 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Smith scored 11 points and Simpson added 10 as the Lady Billies outscored Hamburg 23-6 to take a 55-26 lead into the final quarter of play.
Scoring the lowest output of the contest, Monticello scored eight points in the quarter while Hamburg put up 11, but Monticello took the contest 63-37.
Smith scored 10 points in the first quarter, 12 in the second, 11 in the third and two in the fourth to lead the Lady Billies with 35 points. For Smith, it marked the second straight game with more than 30 points.
Following Smith on the scoreboard were Simpson and Escamilla with 10 points each. Price added four, and Nolen and Caverella Leonard rounded out the scoring with two points each.
With the pair of victories, Monticello improves their record to 11-10 overall and 6-4 in Class 4, District 8 play.
In the final contest of the night, the Monticello Billies used a 14-point first quarter to take a five-point lead into the second period and never relinquished the lead in the contest. Monticello outscored Hamburg 21-12 in the second for a 35-21 lead at the half.
Hamburg outscored Monticello in the third 11-8, but Monticello controlled a 43-32 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth, Hamburg and Monticello each scored 11 points as the Billies secured their sixth straight victory, defeating the Lions 54-43.
Leading the way for Monticello was Shannon Strickland with 24 points followed by Keshaun Pippen with 18. Trenton Napier finished with six, K.J. Burks four and Nick Smith two.
Monticello improves to 15-6 overall and 8-2 in conference play with two games remaining in the regular season.
Monticello will host Camden Fairview on Friday and will wrap up the regular season with a road game at rival Warren next Tuesday.
Games are scheduled to begin with a 5 p.m. tipoff with the junior teams taking the court first.