Monroe girls remain unbeaten in league
Asha Jordan can take over a high school basketball game, and her ability to score in bunches while filling up the stat sheet is a big reason Monroe's girls have the inside track on winning the Rocky River Conference this season.
An athletic 5-5 guard with boundless energy, Jordan scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Redhawks to a 58-42 road win over Central Academy on Friday.
Monroe, now 6-0 in the RRC and 11-1 overall, was clinging to an 11-10 lead after the first quarter.
The Redhawks pulled away in the second quarter, ending the half with an 11-0 run that gave them a 35-18 lead at the break.
Jordan, who also had eight steals and six rebounds, entered the game averaging 17.4 points, 2.5 steals and 2.2 assists per game.
She has scored over 20 points four times, including a season-high 26 in last week's win over Union Academy.
Senior guard Daya Jordan contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals, sophomore center Zasha Barrett added six points and 10 boards.
Sophomore Alyssa Carbone and senior Amber Isley shared team-high honors with 16 points each, and teammate Hunter Manus led all rebounders with 13.
Isley leads the Cougars in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while Isley pulled her average up to 10
Monroe took its biggest lead of 24 points (49-25) late in the third quarter, and entered the fourth with a 49-28 advantage.
The loss drops Central Academy to 1-5 in league play and 3-12 overall.
Both teams face their archrivals on Tuesday, when the Cougars travel to Union Academy and the Redhawks host Forest Hills.
The Jackets, who had a bye on Friday, are 4-1 in the RRC and 10-4 overall.
The Redhawks are the only girls team with an unblemished record in the conference.