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Monroe girls get revenge, chop down Crisp County

Monroe's Cessily Colwell and the Lady Tornadoes took down Crisp County on Tuesday at the Albany Civic Center.

Monroe's Cessily Colwell and the Lady Tornadoes took down Crisp County on Tuesday at the Albany Civic Center.

ALBANY — How do you miss 15 shots in a row and win?

It can happen.

Just ask The Herald No. 4 Monroe girls, who hit the coldest streak of the season, going 0-for-15 during a frostbite stretch Tuesday afternoon before regrouping to beat Crisp County, 52-44, in a crucial Region 1-AAA showdown at the Albany Civic Center.

“Hard work,’’ said Monroe coach Cheryl Cheeks when asked how can you miss 15 in a row and win. “We kept telling them to settle down and play our game.‘’

Monroe’s game is run and run some more, and the Lady Tornadoes’ track-attack took its toll on Crisp in the second half as Monroe forced 15 second-half turnovers and 23 for the game.

“Our goal was to push the ball all the time,’’ Cheeks said.

Monroe did that and more to make up for a horrendous start.

The Lady Tornadoes opened the game with a 3-pointer from Herald Super 6er Sheniqua Young and then couldn’t find the basket until Chelsea Cox hit a drive with 6:05 left in the first half.

But after going 0-for-15, Monroe burned down the nets from 3-point range. After going 0-15, Monroe went 6-of-12, including four 3s to finish the half, down 24-23 to a Crisp County team that beat Monroe, 66-46, in Cordele earlier this season.

But Monroe is not the same team and is now 12-6 and 4-4 in 1-AAA. Crisp is 7-7 for the season and 3-3 in the region race.

Young knocked down four 3s in the first half to lead the comeback, and freshman Keshondra Price hit a 3 during the 20-10 run that brought Monroe back in the second quarter.

The Lady Tornadoes took a 31-30 lead when Price hit a 3 with 3:10 left before Nasheema Oliver hit back-to-back putbacks to lift Crisp to a 33-30 edge. But Young and Kizzy Coleman hit back-to-back 3s for Monroe, and after Crisp came back to knot the score at 36, Price ended the third with a rebound and spin move inside to give Monroe a 38-36 lead the Lady Tornadoes never relinquished.

Oliver finished with 16 points and 24 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for Crisp County, because Monroe’s pressure forced 23 turnovers, including 15 in the second half.

Young finished with five 3s and 17 points, and Price added 11 for the Lady Tornadoes, who made eight 3s and won the game on the run.