WOODSFIELD -- Monroe Central set to task early, mixing up its presses in hopes of forcing visiting Barnesville into making a few mistakes.
The Shamrocks, according to their coach, seemed more than happy to oblige.
The Seminoles pressure forced 19 first half turnovers and the home team complemented that with a balanced offensive output in putting Barnesville away early in a 71-31 triumph Monday evening.
"We're two weeks into the first month of the season and we don't have a very good sense of the game," explained a disappointed Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter as his team fell to 1-3. "They came out flat from the get go. We've told them and told them, but they've chosen not to listen and we're going to have to take some extreme measures this week in practice."
Carpenter knows his team is better than one that lost by 40 points. However, Monday, it didn't show it.
After a bucket from Miranda Plumly brought the 'Rocks to within one early,
Carpenter watched as Monroe reeled off 12 unanswered points to take a 16-3 lead after the first quarter. Through the first 8 minutes, Monroe had already forced 11 turnovers.
"We tried to mix up our presses," Monroe coach Troy Baker offered. "It's nice when you have athletes that have some speed and athleticism. We do what we can to put pressure on the ball and tonight it worked well.
"And we were able to knock down some outside shots early and when that happens, usually everything goes well."
That it did.
Led by Chelsie Robert's, the area's leading scorer, Monroe stepped on the gas early and never let up. Robert's had 16 of her game-high 18 points by halftime on 6 of 8 shooting.
A four year letterwinner, Baker has been impressed with the senior's ability and willingness to finally step into her own offensively.
"She's really improved in a lot of areas of her game," Baker said.
"She's very active offensively and defensively she's always hustled. But now she's looking for that better shot and is finishing stronger and scoring more."
As our fellow upperclassmen Chelsie Tewanger and Anne LaFollette. Tewanger finished with 13 points, hitting all five of her shots including a trio of bonus bombs.
LaFollette tallied 14 points, including 10 in a third quarter that saw Monroe's lead balloon to 23 points by quarter's end.
Amanda Haslam had eight points and Laycie Ball and Kelsey Dick evenly divided 12 for the winners.
Barnesville had one player finish in double figures, freshman Shayla Markovich, who totaled 13 points and eight rebounds. The Rocks finished with 33 turnovers and were only 8 of 32 from the field.
BARNESVILLE (31) - Nalon 0 0-0 0; Plumly 1 2-6 4; Burga 1 0-0 3; Bahmer 1 0-0 2; Markovich 2 9-13 13; Ralston 2 1-4 6; Bruce 0 0-1 0; Huntsman 0 0-0 0; Broomhall 0 1-2 1; Hannahs 1 0-2 2; Totals: 8-32 13-28 31. MONROE CENTRAL (71) - LaFollette 4 6-8 14; Ball 2 2-2 6; Stimpert 2 0-0 4; Roberts 6 5-7 18; Dick 2-4 6; Tewanger 5 0-0 13; Robey 0 0-0 0; Haslam 2 3-4 8; Digity 0 0-0 0; Dimmerling 1 0-0 2; Hooper 0 0-0 0; Totals: 24-62 18-25 71.
Three-point Goals: Burga, Ralston. Roberts, Tewanger 3, Haslam.