Porter Ridge girls give Monroe first loss
Porter Ridge's girls avenged an earlier loss to Monroe and gave the Redhawks their first blemish of the season with a 47-42 road win on Wednesday.
Monroe, now 6-1, was the last Union County school to suffer a loss this season — among either gender.
The Pirates improved to 9-3 on the year, and evened the season series after losing to Monroe 46-39 on Dec. 12.
Porter Ridge was missing four starters earlier in the season, but all four returned to the lineup against Monroe.
Pirates coach Ina Thompson hopes the victory can give her team so momentum heading into Southern Carolina Conference play at Marvin Ridge on Tuesday.
"It's good, we're finally at that point now as you get ready to go to conference that we really need to start working them and having them out there," Thompson said. "We had to see what we needed to do for next week as we start conference."
Junior Jade Jones scored a team-high 15 points and also had three steals for the Pirates, while senior Jada Huntley added 13 points and seven rebounds. Justice McKinney, a senior forward who transferred from Parkwood, approached a double-double for Porter Ridge with nine points and nine boards.
Monroe junior wing Asha Jordan led all scorers with 19 points and also grabbed six rebounds, while sophomore guard Bria Roddy pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds for the Redhawks. Daya Jordan, one of four seniors on the roster, added eight points for Monroe, which hosts Cuthbertson on Friday.
Zasha Barrett seven points and 12 rebounds.
The Redhawks made five 3-pointers in the first half and took a 20-17 lead into the break. Asha Jordan had 11 points at the half for Monroe. She made two triples in the first half, as did her older sister Daya.
"It's hard coming off the break with our last game being the 22nd (of December)," Thompson said. "You've got all that time that you're practicing and it's really tough. The girls were a little slow getting up and down the floor. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the performance."
Chambers leads MHS boys
Monroe's boys are now 6-1 after holding off Porter Ridge's furious fourth-quarter rally for a 57-53 win.
Senior forward Quay Chambers led the Redhawks with 18 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Teammate Brandon Roddy was held to 14 points, 11 below his county-best average, but added five steals.
Roddy pulled up from the right wing and made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Redhawks a 13-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
Roddy and Chambers had 12 points each in the first half, combining for 24 of their team's 34 points to help them take a 12-point lead into the halftime.
Frank Anthony scored nine points of his team-high 13 points in the first half for Porter Ridge.
The Redhawks pushed the lead out to 46-33 after three quarters, and led by as many as 15 in the fourth.
The Pirates (4-8) fought back, though, and trimmed the lead to seven (48-41) when D'Andre Dennis drew a foul on the break and converted a three-point play with 5 minutes remaining.
Porter Ridge cut the deficit to four twice in the final three minutes, and pulled to within two (52-50 on Jerrick Robbins' steal and layup with 52 seconds left.
Monroe guard Gary Parker got behind Porter Ridge's press and finished a layup to give his team a 54-50 advantage with 37 seconds to play, and teammate Dikembe White made 1-of-2 free throws with 22 seconds left to push the lead out to five.
Robbins responded for Porter Ridge by driving the length of the court and making an acrobatic layup while being fouled. Robbins, who scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, made the free throw and the lead was down to two.
Tre Shun Wynn finally put the game away for Monroe by making two free throws with 14.7 seconds to play.
Monroe had four players score in double digits, including Parker with 11 and White with 10.
Monroe's boys won the first meeting with Porter Ridge by 21 points (63-42) on Dec. 12.
E-J correspondent Eric Rape contributed to this story