Lady Tornadoes wallop Lady Greenwave, 90-18

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

DAWSON -- This is what you need to know about the Monroe girls' basketball team: Saturday night, Terrell County tried one of those coast-to-coast football passes. Two girls were wide open, far ahead of Monroe. The ball bounced once, and before it hit the court, Monroe's Destinee Collins had come from nowhere and was there to snatch it.

Collins turned and headed the other way, and Monroe was off and running to another fast break.

There may be teams with more talent, but it's hard to out hustle Monroe, which hits the court running and never stops. As a result, the Lady Tornadoes romped against Terrell County, beating the Greenwave, 90-18.

And this one was over by halftime.

The Greenwave had already turned the ball over 22 times by the break as Monroe built a 45-10 lead.

Lakeisha Jackson scored 14 in the second quarter, went to halftime with 18, before calling it a night early in the third quarter with 24 points. Shanequa Young had 11 points at halftime before finishing with 19. She made four 3s, and like the rest of the starters, left the game with 6:30 left in the third quarter.

"I don't know if the 90 points is a record or not for the girls team,'' Monroe coach Cheryl Cheeks said. "I've been here three years, and we have never scored 90. It was good to get everyone in the game. I've told the girls if they play better, it will give the younger girls a chance to play.''

It's been a tough season for Terrell County, which dropped to 2-15.

"We're young and it's a rebuilding year,'' said Terrell County coach Tammye Jenkins, who has coached some of the top teams in this part of the state. The Greenwave was led by DeAndrea Mitchell's 10-point night.

Monroe (7-9) started the season slowly, but after winning just three games last year and winning three of its first 11 games this year, the Lady Tornadoes have suddenly found a way to run by opponents. They've won four of their last five, and could be ready to make a go at the region title next month.

"When we were losing we weren't finishing games,'' Jackson said. "Now we are started fast and finishing strong. Now our team is starting to believe. As long as we believe, everything will be all right.''