Monroe’s Key Key Price goes up for a shot in Friday’s rivalry game against Westover. Price, a Herald Super 6er, scored 29 points to lead the No. 1 Lady Tornadoes to an easy win.
Fab 5 Polls
1.) Monroe 7-0
2.) Westover 5-2
3.) Randolph-Clay 5-2
4.) Mitchell County 7-1
5.) Bainbridge 2-3
1.) Monroe 8-0
2.) Crisp County 6-1
3.) Randolph-Clay 7-1
4.) Pelham 3-0
5.) Mitchell County 6-2
ALBANY — There’s no doubt or argument about who is No. 1 in The Herald Fab 5 Poll.
Monroe took care of that Friday night when the top-ranked Tornadoes beat Herald No. 2 Westover, 70-63, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Monroe gym, where the atmosphere was electric all night.
Over the past few years, Monroe and Westover have met with the No. 1 ranking on the line many times, and this game was no different than those other classic showdowns.
Monroe won the game from every corner of the court and got big performances from every starter, including a monster night from two-time Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee, who scored 25 points and seemed to give Monroe the lift it needed every time Westover made a run.
The two teams could face each other again as early as Saturday night in the Civic Center in the championship game of the U Save It Tournament, which begins Thursday at Albany High.
Westover and Monroe are in opposite brackets, which means Round II between the two city rivals could be on Saturday.
Dougherty opens the U Save It with a 4 p.m. game against Webster, and then Westover plays powerhouse Manchester, which played in the Class AA state final last year, at 5:30 p.m.
Albany High plays Statesboro at 7 p.m., and Monroe faces Terrell County at 8:30 p.m.
If Westover wins, the Patriots meet the winner of the Dougherty-Webster game in the semifinals on Friday, and if Monroe and Albany win, the two city rivals meet in the semifinals on Friday.
Westover stays at No. 2 in the Fab 5, ahead of No. 3 Randolph-Clay, which moves up one spot this week.
The Red Devils fell in overtime to a talented team from Seminole County on Tuesday but bounced back to beat Early County on Saturday night.
Seminole, which is on the bubble to crack the Fab 5, was beaten by Lee County on Friday.
Mitchell County’s Eagles stayed hot and won their sixth in a row since losing to Randolph-Clay and move up to No. 4 in the poll. They won three one-sided games last week, beating Stewart, 72-56, ripping Pelham, 62-47, and rolling past Terrell County, 62-35.
Bainbridge split a pair of games to schools from Tallahassee over the weekend (the Bearcats lost to Tallahassee Godby, 47-45, on Saturday night when freshman Tyree Crump’s 3-pointer spun out at the buzzer) and drop to No. 5 in the poll.
MONROE GIRLS ROLLING: The Monroe girls had no problem staying on top of the girls Fab 5 Poll. They played just one game, but Super 6er Key Key Price made sure Monroe stayed perfect, scoring 29 points in Monroe’s 45-32 win against rival Westover. When Price left the game, she had scored 29 points and at that point Westover had 25 points and was trailing 45-25.
Crisp County won a big region game against Westover, 63-54, and stays at No. 2 in the girls poll, and the Randolph-Clay girls won their seventh in a row since losing the opener to Monroe to stay at No. 3.
Pelham, which beat Mitchell County, 51-44, in a county-rivalry game and rematch of last year’s Region 1-A title game, moves up to No. 4 ahead of Mitchell County, which dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 with the loss to Pelham. Seminole County’s girls team is on the bubble of the Fab 5.