Barnesville tops Monroe for fourth straight win

BARNESVILLE Head coach Jamie Carpenter was emotional after his Barnesville Lady Shamrocks held off late charge by Monroe Central to win 56-51 Monday night on the home boards.

The coach was holding back tears as he looked at a plaque he had been presented in a pre-game ceremony.

“I think we had a little help from above,” Carpenter said.

Family members had presented the coach with a plaque honoring the late Paul “Reedy” Reed, a timekeeper for Barnesville athletics for 30 years.

The game began with both squads reflecting the somber mood as neither scored a bucket until the Seminoles broke the ice with a bucket at the 5:32 mark.

Unfortunately for Monroe Central, that would be its only score of the first quarter as the Shamrocks’ Shayla Markovich put in seven first-quarter points boosting the home team to a 10-2 lead.

Markovich added four in the second frame joined by Avery Hanlon with 5 points and Paige Huntsman netting a trey as part of her seven point contribution as the ‘Rocks outscored their opponents 20-12 to take a 30-14 lead into the break.

“We missed a lot of shots in the first half. We were 0-11 from behind the arc,” said Monroe Central head coach Troy Baker. “We did not deal with the corner trap very well and we had a lot of turnovers they turned into shots in the first half.”

Monroe Central came out in the second half with a more aggressive attitude and better shooting. Carly Baker and Allison Kuhn both hit threes in the third quarter for the Seminoles but the Shamrocks once again won the frame 13-11 and extended their lead to 18 points into the final frame.

“Give credit to Monroe for coming back after being down almost 20 points,” Carpenter complimented his opponents. “We need to work on situational play, we need to learn how to play with the lead.”

Baker got the hot hand for the Seminoles netting a pair of three-point shots and going 4-4 from the foul line as she scored 12 points in the fourth. Annie Digity dropped in a pair from outside the arc as Monroe Central closed the gap to 53-49 with 1:04 left showing.

Markovich was 3 of 5 from the foul line and Plumly a perfect 2 of 2 at the stripe to help the ‘Rocks preserve the win.

The Shamrocks were 20 of 38 on action shots, 2 of 5 from three-point range. Markovich led all scoring with 20 points and paced the home team with six rebounds. Huntsman joined her in double digits with 10 points.

Baker was the only Seminole in double digits with 15 points. Monroe Central went 18 of 60 from the floor connecting on just 6 of 27 three-point shots.

Monroe Central pulled down 19 rebounds to 27 for the Shamrocks and both teams committed 20 turnovers.