Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- They were still looking for words to describe DyTeisha Dunson's shot -- the one heard round Albany.

The one that broke Monroe's heart.

Dunson took this I've got it-- you-take-it game with the ball and just tossed it in the air -- from half court -- and watched it bank its way home to end the third quarter. It didn't win the game, but things were never the same as Westover took over to beat Monroe, 40-30.

"I just looked at that shot and said, 'How lucky can you be?' '' Monroe coach Cheryl Cheeks said. "That shot changed the game. It changed all the momentum."

The improbable 3-pointer lifted Westover to a 29-23 lead and more.

"It was electrifying,'' said Westover center Danielle Glover, who had another solid game (9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks). "It rejuvenated the whole gym. Even the Monroe people were shouting.''

It did change the game.

"We needed a prayer and she gave us one,'' Westover coach Lewis Smith said. "It changed everything. It was such a tight game, but everything changed after she made that shot.''

Glover joked that "Dunson makes that shot every day in practice.''

But this wasn't just a half-court 3, it was a rainbow that didn't look like it had a chance until it bounced into the net.

"I just said, 'Oh yes,' " said Dunson, who finished with 11 points and five steals.

Monroe was led by Ashley Young (10 points) and Lakeisha Jackson (9 points).

Take a little revenge, mix it with a torrid winning streak and toss in a Region 1-AAA title run that could come complete with a home-court advantage for both Westover's boys and girls, and you get some idea of what was hanging in the balance for the Lady Patriots on Friday.

They were still stinging form that earlier loss to Monroe, a shake-your-head defeat that came after Westover squandered a 16-point lead. The final was 61-56, but the numbers don't tell the story. Had Westover won that game, the Lady Patriots would have been in control of the Region 1-AAA race. Instead they are deadlocked with Peach County (10-2), which beat Dougherty on Friday, and must beat Cairo on Tuesday and then Peach on Friday. If they pull off the combo to end the regular season, it means all the Region 1-AAA tournament games are at Westover's Boston Garden, because the girls champ dictates the home court for the region this year.

Westover (19-3) has now ripped off seven in a row, but none was sweeter than beating rival Monroe -- in the Monroe gym -- against a Lady Tornadoes team that forces more turnovers than Betty Crocker.

Monroe forcing turnovers was what won the first game for the Lady Tornadoes, but Friday they turned it over as much as the Lady Pats as both teams commited 29 each.