Piedmont boys defeat Monroe again

Season sweeps keeps Panthers in hunt for RRC title
Jan. 30, 2013 @ 02:24 PM

In a tight game that included seven ties and nine lead changes, Piedmont delivered the final blow in a 54-45 home win over Monroe on Tuesday.
Piedmont improved to 15-2 overall and remains a game behind first-place Cuthbertson in the Rocky River Conference at 7-1.
Monroe fell to 5-3 and 10-4 overall.
“You play Monroe, you play one of those Johnny Sowell coached teams, they are going to give you everything they have,” said Piedmont coach Rudi Heath. “I don’t know what to say. We just had a heck of an effort.”
Monroe entered the fourth quarter up 41-39, and Brandon Roddy's basket with 4:27 left in the fourth put his team ahead 45-41.
But Piedmont held the Redhawks scoreless the rest of the way.
“We just started coming up with a loose ball here and there,” said Heath of his team’s defensive effort. “We really didn’t do anything different; we just did it a little bit better.”
Piedmont senior guard Jeremy Anthony scored 16 points, including two 3-pointers in the late stages.
With the game tied at 45 with just under three minutes left in the game, Anthony knocked down a three from the wing to give his team their first lead since early third quarter. The next play down Anthony made another triple for a 51-45 lead with a 1:33 left.
Anthony went 3-for-4 on 3-point tries against the Redhawks, and is now shooting a staggering 62.5 percent (20-of-32) from beyond the arc for the season.
“I have got to think that it is good,” said Anthony of his late-game heroics Tuesday. “I knew my teammates trusted me because they threw it to me again. The second time was no hesitation.”
Senior forward Brady Meggs finished with game highs of 17 points and four blocks.
Meggs, who only had three points at halftime, credits his team’s halftime adjustments with helping him score 14 in the second half.
“Our offense was stagnant and I was standing around,” said Meggs, who also had nine rebounds on the night. “We added a lot more screens, stuff away from the ball that freed me up.”
Monroe used an 8-2 run late in the first quarter to take a six-point lead, but Piedmont cut the advantage in half when Qualen Blakeney made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 14-11.Piedmont used a 9-2 run at end the second quarter and the game up at the half (25-all).
Blakeney, a senior point guard, scored nine of his 11 points in the first half. He also finished with 11 rebounds and a team high six assists.
“If my shot's not falling, I look for my teammates,” said Blakeney. “I penetrate and dish; that’s easy points right there.”
Cameron Tripp, the county’s leading rebounder, entered the night averaging 9.1 rebounds per contest. He finished with a game-high 12 rebounds and eight points. Tripp now has eight double–digit rebounding games.
Roddy and Quayshawn Chambers led Monroe with 12 points each.
Tre Shun Wynn and Dikembe White had seven and six points respectively. Wynn finished with game-highs of eight assist and four steals, while White added three steals.
Piedmont is back in action Thursday at home against North Stanly, while Monroe is on the road Friday against Cuthbertson.

Tuesday's box scores
Piedmont boys 54, Monroe 45

Monroe (10-4, 5-3)
Brandon Roddy 4 3-3 12, Quayshawn Chambers 6 0-0 12, Tristan Thompson 0 0-2 0, Tre Shun Wynn 3 0-0 7, Gary Parker 1 0-0 2, Dikembe White 2 1-2 6, Dequavis Allen 2 0-0 4, Bernard Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 4-7 45.

Piedmont (15-2, 7-1)
Qualen Blakeney 5 0-1 11, Jeremy Anthony 6 1-4 16, Cameron Tripp 4 0-0 8, Eli Hyatt 1 0-0 2, Brady Meggs 7 3-5 17, Austin Harding 0 0-0 0, LJ Pettiway 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-10 54.

Monroe^14^11^16^4 - 45
Piedmont^11^14^14^15 - 54

3-pointers: M 3 (Roddy, Wynn, White); P 4 (Anthony 3, Blakney 1). Rebounds: M 27 (Chambers 6, Roddy 5, Parker 5); P 34 (Tripp 12, Blakeney11, Meggs 9). Assists: M 10 (Wynn 7); P 11 (Blakeney 6). Steals: M 12 (Wynn 4); P 2 (Blakeney 2). Blocks: M 2 (Roddy, Chambers); P 9 (Meggs 4).

Monroe girls 70, Piedmont 55
Monroe (14-1, 8-0)
Asha Jordan 9 0-2 21, Daya Jordan 8 3-5 20, Kendall Cox 2 1-2 5, Zasha Barrett 4 0-0 8, Bria Roddy 4 0-0 10, Yasmine Thomas 1 2-5 4, Aimee Bell 1 0-0 2, Tyriana Houston 0 0-0 0, Amilya Mitchell 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 6-14 70.

Piedmont (7-10, 3-5)
Jessica Prince 5 1-2 15, Sam Boling 1 1-2 4, Abbey Mills 4 5-7 16, Sarah Wylie 2 1-4 5, Jacquelyn Price 6 2-2 14, Jessice Purser 0 1-3 1, Maddie Morton 0 0-0 0, Brooke Kelly 0 0-0 0, Ashley Wilson 0 0-0 0, Jaae Roseborough 0 0-0 0, Natale Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-20 55.


Monroe^19^24^16^11 - 70
Piedmont^13^14^10^18 - 55

3-pointers: M 6 (A. Jordan 3, Roddy 2, D. Jordan); P 8 (Prince 4, Mills 3, Boling). Rebounds: M 41 (A. Jordan 11, Roddy 8, D. Jordan 7, Barrett 7); P 34 (Wylie 8, Price 8, Harris 7). Assists: M 19 (Cox 7, D. Jordan 6); P 13 (Mills 5, Prince 4). Steals: M 10 (A. Jordan 3, D. Jordan 3); P 6 (Prince 2, Wylie 2). Blocks: M 7 (A. Jordan 6); P 0.