Billies split, Lady Billies lose two
STAR CITY—The Monticello Billies traveled to Star City last Friday to play a three-game set against the Class 4A, District 8 rival Bulldogs.
Tipping off first was the Junior Lady Billies against the Junior Lady Bulldogs. Monticello got off to a slow start in the first half as Star City outscored Monticello 11-2 in the first quarter and 13-7 in the second quarter to take a 24-9 advantage into halftime. The Junior Lady Billies outscored Star City in the third quarter 10-9 but fell short in the fourth period, 10-6, as the Junior Lady Bulldogs defeated the Junior Lady Billies 57-34.
In the second contest of the night, the Monticello Lady Billies were able to keep the game close in the first quarter trailing only 13-11. Chaney Scott led the Lady Billies in scoring in the first quarter with four points.
Star City gained a little space on the scoreboard in the second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs doubled up the Lady Billies 10-5 in the quarter to take a 23-16 lead into the half. In the quarter, Monticello’s only scoring come on a made three-point shot from Shania Smith and Yaniah McCoy’s two points.
Monticello didn’t fare much better in the third quarter, scoring eight points in the period. Star City widened its lead in the third as the Lady Bulldogs recorded a 22-point quarter to extend the lead to 55-24 heading into the final quarter of play.
The Lady Billies played the Lady Bulldogs more evenly in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs were still able to outscore the Lady Billies 12-10 to take the contest 67-34.
Leading the way for Monticello was Smith with 12 points, as she was the only Lady Billie to reach double figures.
In the final contest of the night, The Monticello Billies faced off against the Star City Bulldogs in a game that would take a little more than four quarters to determine the winner.
In the first quarter, Monticello’s Shannon Strickland and Nick Smith each scored seven points in the quarter as the Billies put up 22 first-quarter points. On the Star City side, Marvion Scott and Dee Williams each scored nine points apiece as the Bulldogs scored 20.
Monticello was able to outscore Star City in the second quarter, 16-14, to take a four-point, 38-34, lead into the locker room at halftime.
Star City overtook Monticello in the third quarter as the Bulldogs scored 21 points to 13 for the Billies.
Williams led the way in the quarter for Star City with nine points as Star City took a 55-51 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Monticello trailed throughout the final quarter of play until Star City fouled Strickland with the Billies down by two points with seconds remaining, sending him to the line to shoot two free throws.
Strickland connected on both to tie the game, but Star City had one final look at the basket on the other end missing the jump shot to send the game into overtime tied at 71.
In the overtime period, Monticello took an advantage and secured the contest after two made free throws from DeWunya Lambert put the Billies up by four points. Monticello added a couple of more points on a turnover to close out the contest 83-75.
For Monticello, Strickland led the way with 22 points. Nick Smith and Trenton Napier each scored 15 points, with Keshaun Pippen adding 12 points.
The Magnolia Panthers traveled to Monticello Tuesday night to face the Monticello Lady Billies and Billies in 8-4A action at Dan Coston Fieldhouse.
The Lady Billies opened the action against the Lady Panthers, jumping out to a 6-3 lead behind Chaney Scott’s four first quarter points.
Monticello led for the majority of the second quarter until Magnolia took over the lead in the final minutes of the half. With the visitors leading 22-19, though, Monticello tied the contest at 22 after Ahjane Simpson connected on a three-pointer as time expired.
Magnolia gained a slight advantage in the third quarter, outscoring Monticello 9-7 in the stanza to take a 31-22 lead into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth, the Lady Panthers were able to distance themselves from the Lady Billies, outscoring Monticello 18-11 in the quarter to take a 49-40 victory.
For Monticello, Smith led the way with 18 points, followed by Scott with 13.
In the final game of the night, the Monticello Billies got down early, but was able to claw their way back into the contest before Magnolia sealed the game in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Billies got off to a slow start, scoring five points in the first quarter compared to Magnolia’s 12. Pippen scored all five of Monticello’s first-quarter points.
Magnolia edged Monticello in the second quarter 13-12 to take a 25-17 point lead into the locker room at the half.
Monticello overtook the Panthers in the third quarter, but Magnolia was able to battle back and tie the game at 33 apiece despite losing the quarter.
The fourth quarter remained close throughout. Monticello took a two-point, 44-42 lead with 3:42 remaining in the game, but Magnolia was able to retake the lead and hold off the Billie comeback to take a 51-47 victory.
Strickland led the way for Monticello with 16 points, followed by Pippen with 12.