Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee throws down a dunk during the first half of Monroe’s victory Friday night against Terrell County. McGhee led the Herald No. 1 Tornadoes with 24 points.
ALBANY — Darrien Anderson likes to score. He just might like watching Jabari McGhee rattle the rim a little more.
Who can blame him? Anderson and McGhee hooked up on multiple alley-oop Friday and Monroe rebounded from two straight losses over the holiday break to down Terrell County, 70-42.
Anderson, the Tornadoes’ senior guard, finished with 11 points in the win and could have scored more, but couldn’t resist seeing McGhee throw it down. The duo connected three times on alley-oops, including twice in a row to start the third quarter to give Monroe (11-2) a 49-21 lead.
“I had some opportunities to score, but I saw my teammates in position,” Anderson said. “Every time we get an opportunity, I just throw it up there and I know he’s going to go get it wherever I put it.”
Monroe dominated the first half and led 43-19 in its return home after falling by three points twice to Oakland Park (Fla.) and Luella in Atlanta last week.
“I thought our guys bounced back well,” Monroe head coach Marquis Davis said. “(The Atlanta tournament) game our guards a lot of work. There is some good guard play in North Georgia.”
McGhee, a Herald Super 6er, scored 24 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks. The Greenwave (2-5) had no answer inside for him and continue to grow as a team.
“They’re very athletic,” Terrell County head coach John Davis said of Monroe. “McGhee makes them go and they’ve got some guard that can shoot it. We’re still learning each other. I think we’re going to be alright during region play. We’re up and down now because of our inexperience.”
Davis said Anderson has been an added bonus lately with his scoring ability, something Monroe will need down the stretch to compliment McGhee.
“The two games we lost in Atlanta, he scored well for us,” Davis said of Anderson. “Everybody knows what Jabari’s going to do. Everybody knows where he is at all times. We’re going to need some scoring from somewhere else.”
Joe Ward led Terrell County with 17 points, while Tiavell Stephens added 10 in the loss.
Monroe goes to Randolph-Clay today for a chance to build another winning streak after starting the season 10-0.
“The losses humbled us, but it made us hungrier,” Anderson said. “When we came back, we came back more intense ready to win.”
They’ll have to handle Randolph-Clay’s Super 6er and standout sophomore Gary McCrae to get back on track.
“He put up some numbers on us last time,” Davis said of facing McCrae and the Red Devils, who fell to the Tornadoes 70-43 earlier this season.
Terrell County begins region play Tuesday at Stewart County.
MONROE GIRLS 84, TERRELL COUNTY 17: The Lady Tornadoes led 51-11 at the half and cruised to a non-region win Friday at home over Class A Terrell County.
Monroe (12-3) led 12-0 after three minutes and 46-1 with four minutes left in the first half. Cedriania Waters led all scorers with 13 points to lead Monore. Cekeyma Mack had nine points and eight boards. KeyKey Price finished with 10 points. Jasmine Williams finished with 12.
Terrell County was led by Nydrah Wright’s eight points and two steals. Takerian Jordan finished with seven points. The Lady Greenwave play at Westover today, while Monroe goes to Randolph-Clay.