Herald Super 6er Rantavious Gilbert scores a game-high 18 points and blocks three shots to lead the Herald No. 1 Tornadoes to victory.
DAWSON — Rantavious Gilbert said he wasn’t tired. Dekoven Ware would only admit to being a little banged up.
Herald No. 1 Monroe and Terrell County, playing less than 24 hours after pulling out grueling region wins the night before, battled for four quarters before the larger school, in both classification and physical size, came out on top in Saturday’s 49-40 Tornadoes’ win.
Neither coach seemed thrilled and both teams looked out of gas in the second half during a defensive struggle.
But it was a win for Class AAA Monroe (3-0), which held on to beat a strong Crisp County team Friday, 43-39, and then gutted out another one Saturday.
“That’s about the only thing that was good about it,” Monroe head coach Marquis Davis said. “We didn’t play our best. Anytime you come to Terrell County you know it’s going to be a tough matchup because they play hard. We’ll chalk it up as a ‘W.’”
Gilbert scored a game-high 18 points and blocked three shots, but wouldn’t go as far as saying the Torndaoes were worn out.
“We weren’t tired,” Gilbert said. “Playing (Terrell County’s) style of basketball can make you tired.”
Added Davis, “That’s only our third game. We just didn’t play well.”
The Class A Greenwave (3-2), coming off a buzzer-beating 44-41 win against Pelham Friday, ran with the bigger Tornadoes for a half, leading by as many as five in the first quarter after Osmond Lemon buried his second three of the quarter to give Terrell a 16-11 lead.
Monroe took a 27-25 lead at halftime after Jabari McGhee scored six of his 11 points in the second quarter and then the Tornado defense limited Terrell County to just 15 points in the second half.
Monroe led by as many as 11 in the second half, using an 11-2 run out of the break to pull ahead. Ware cut the lead to 46-40 with a three-point play with 2:03 to play, but the Greenwave could get no closer.
Ware, sporting a bandage on his forehead from the physicality of the matchup, scored 14 points and went 10-for-12 at the free throw line. Terrell County also got seven points apiece from Jevon McIntosh and Rueben Hawkins.
Monroe will host Colquitt County Tuesday in a makeup game and Terrell County hosts Americus-Sumter Friday.
Monroe girls 52, Terrell County 37: The Lady Tornadoes, playing without Herald Super 6er Sheniqua Young, had to rally in the second half to pull out an out-of-conference win.
Monroe (3-2) trailed 29-22 in the third quarter after Terrell’s Nydrah Wright scored six of her 12 points in the first three minutes of the second half.
Monroe’s full-court pressure defense came alive after that and Cessilly Colwell poured in a game-high 24 points to fill in the absence of Young, who was held out due to a coach’s decision.
“Defensively we played well in the fourth quarter,” Lady Tornadoes’ head coach Cheryl Cheeks said. “We’re still not where we need to be, but we gave the extra effort on defense.”
Colwell scored 19 points in the second half and added three steals in the win. Kishondra Price chipped in with nine points for Monroe. The Lady Greenwave also got nine points each from Takerian Jordan and LaChanta Hollis.