Panthers grab share of first with win over Monroe

Piedmont's boys improve record to 12-1
Jan. 10, 2013 @ 04:02 PM

We're still on the front side of January, and Piedmont High's boys basketball team has already surpassed its win total from last season.

The Panthers improved their record to 12-1 with Wednesday's 53-48 road win over Monroe. Piedmont finished with an 11-14 record last season.

The Panthers knocked off the Redhawks just a day after defeating Forest Hills in overtime on the road. Both of those teams finished ahead of Piedmont in the conference standings last year.

The Panthers now find themselves at 4-0 in the Rocky River Conference and tied for first place with Cuthbertson.

"It's a big deal just because Monroe and Forest Hills have always dominated Piedmont in the past," said Panthers sophomore center Cameron Tripp. "Coach (Rudi) Heath has really come in and changed the whole atmosphere at Piedmont. We go out there and try to execute our game, and if we do that, we feel like we have a chance to win every night."

Tripp was effective in Wednesday' victory, finishing with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Piedmont got 17 points from senior guard Qualen Blakeney and 11 points from senior forward Brady Meggs, who also pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Panthers saw their 15-point lead in the fourth quarter shrink to two after a furious run by the Redhawks, but held on in the final minute.

Brandon Roddy, a junior guard, dropped a game-high 22 points for Monroe. He scored seven points in 17 seconds during the Redhawks' fourth-quarter rally.

"We expected Monroe to make a run, but we knew that in the end if we kept executing that we would put them away," said Tripp. "That's what we did. Qualen and Brady hit some big shots and we made some free throws."

Piedmont is used to the balanced scoring they saw on Wednesday.

Four Panthers are averaging double-figure points on the season, including Meggs, who leads the team at 17.2 points per game.

Blakeney ranks second at 11.8 ppg, followed by Tripp (11.7) and senior guard Jeremy Anthony (10.1).

"We're all pretty good offensively," said Tripp. "Any given night depending on who's getting double-teamed or who's not getting doubled, we just depend on each other to get the points. We don't care where it's coming from or who scores it, but we just know we have to get it."

Piedmont hosts West Stanly on Friday while Monroe takes on Union Academy at home.

 

Wednesday's late boxscores

Piedmont boys 53, Monroe 48

Piedmont (12-1, 4-0 RRC)

Qualen Blakeney 6 1-1 17, Jeremy Anthony 3 1-3 8, Cameron Tripp 6 3-4 15, Eli Hyatt 1 0-0 2, Brady Meggs 3 5-6 11, Austin Harding 0 0-0 0, Brandon Crotts 0 0-0 0, Tanner Stringer 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-14 53.

Monroe (7-3, 2-2 RRC)

Quayshawn Chambers 3 0-3 6, Brandon Roddy 6 8-11 22, Isaiah Thomas 0 0-0 0, Garry Parker 4 1-2 10, Dequavis Allen 1 0-0 2, Dikembe White 1 0-0 2, Tristan Thompson 1 0-0 2, Tre Shun Wynn 1 1-2 4. Totals 17 10-18 48.

 

Piedmont^8^18^17^10 - 53

Monroe^11^3^18^16 - 48

3-pointers: Piedmont 5 (Blakeney 4, Anthony 1); Monroe 4 (Roddy 2, Parker 1, Wynn 1). Rebounds: Piedmont 31 (Tripp 12, Meggs 10, Hyatt 4); Monroe 20 (Chambers 6, Roddy 5, Allen 5). Assists: Piedmont 8 (Anthony 2, Tripp 2); Monroe 6 (Roddy 2, Parker 2). Steals: Piedmont 6 (Meggs 2); Monroe 16 (Roddy 4, Wynn 4). Blocks: Piedmont 3 (Tripp 2); Monroe 4 (Roddy 2, Thompson 2).

Monroe girls 56, Piedmont 32

Piedmont (5-8, 1-3 RRC)

Caitlin Herlihy 1 0-0 3, Jessica Prince 0 1-2 1, Jackie Price 4 0-0 8, Sarah Wylie 0 0-2 0, Abbey Mills 6 0-5 14, Jessica Purser 1 0-0 2, Natilie Harris 1 0-0 2, Brooke Kelly 0 2-2 2, Maddie Morton 0 0-0 0, Ashley Wilson 0 0-0 0, Jane Roseborough 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 3-11 32.

Monroe (9-1, 4-0 RRC)

Kendall Cox 3 1-2 7, Daya Jordan 1 10-18 12, Asha Jordan 6 1-2 13, Zasha Barrett 7 2-4 17, Bria Roddy 1 2-4 5, Yasmine Thomas 1 0-0 2, Amilya Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Fayja Ware 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 16-30 56.

 

Piedmont^8^7^9^8 - 32

Monroe^13^8^17^18 - 56

3-pointers: Piedmont 3 (Mills 2, Herlihy 1); Monroe 2 (Barrett 1, Roddy 1). Rebounds: Piedmont 26 (Mills 10, Harris 6, Purser 4); Monroe 39 (Barrett 15, D. Jordan 8, A. Jordan 7). Assists: Piedmont 10 (Prince 7, Mills 2); Monroe 13 (Cox 4, Roddy 4). Steals: Piedmont 3 (Mills 2); Monroe 13 (D. Jordan 3, A. Jordan 3, Barrett 3). Blocks: Piedmont 0; Monroe 3 (Barrett 3).