Smith's 23 lead Jackets to tournament win
Forest Hills High’s girls opened play in the Rock Hill (S.C.) Holiday tournament with a 56-36 victory over Olympic on Thursday, getting a career game from junior post Natalie Smith.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 7-1 on the season while Olympic, which is coached by former Parkwood boys head coach Jamal McGee, fell to 1-5.
Smith, a 6-foot forward, scored a career-high 23 points to lead Forest Hills.
Junior guard Tonjai Everett added 13 points while junior guard Shay Bivens added nine.
“Olympic did a pretty good job of trying to shut down Tonjai and Shay, so both girls were getting the rest of the team involved,” said Forest Hills coach Eddie Rivers. “Natalie did a great job of finishing when she got the ball.”
The Jackets play host Rock Hill in the second round today starting at 6:30 p.m.
“We’re playing (Rock Hill) in their gym in front of their people, so it will be interesting,” Rivers said.
Monroe boys avenge loss
Brandon Roddy has carried Monroe’s boys offensively through the early part of the 2012-13 season.
A junior guard, Roddy is averaging a Union County-high 24.8 points per game for the Redhawks. He scored a team-best 25 in Wednesday’s 81-56 home win over Anson County, helping MHS avenge a road loss to the Bearcats last Friday.
BJ Tyson, a senior guard, scored 26 points to lead Anson (1-4). Tyson’s averaging 29.8 ppg in five games this season.
Roddy was a starter on last year’s team that finished 19-11 and advanced to the 1A state quarterfinals.
Monroe is now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Rocky River Conference.
The Redhawks played at Mount Pleasant on Thursday, but results were unavailable when The E-J went to press.
MHS girls still perfect
Monroe entered Thursday’s game as one of two girls teams in Union County without a loss.
The Redhawks improved to 5-0 under first-year coach Chonda Wright with Wednesday’s 54-49 home win over Anson.
With a 6-0 record, Parkwood is the other unbeaten girls team in the county.
Monroe’s start has been impressive.
The Redhawks — a 1A program — have victories over 4A Sun Valley (74-29), 4A Porter Ridge (46-39) and 2A West Stanly (70-35), and a pair of wins over 3A Anson.