Redhawks sweep archrival Forest Hills

Brandon Roddy's 25 points lead MHS to 10-point win
Jan. 23, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

The old adage says offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.
For Monroe's boys, who won a state championship in 2010, defense was the key against their archrival Forest Hills in a 66-56 win on Tuesday.
After Forest Hills (7-8, 2-4) tied the game at 17 with 7:10 left in the half, Monroe used its press to cause turnovers and hold the Yellow Jackets scoreless for more than seven minutes.
“We did a pretty good job in the first half with our press,” said Monroe coach Johnny Sowell. “A lot of that was that we had to sub a lot of kids out because of foul trouble and we were able to make shots that we didn’t make earlier.”
Forest Hills made just two field goals in the second quarter, while the Redhawks made seven steals during a 13-3 run and carried a 30-20 lead into the break.
Forest Hills would not go quietly, though.
The Jackets ended the third quarter on a 14-3 run to cut a 16-point deficit down to 41-36.
The Yellow Jackets started the fourth 4-for-4 from behind the arc, with Jarvis Wilson hitting three in a row and Terrance Huntely hitting the other, but still trailed by three (51-48).
The Jackets never got any closer.
Forest Hills played a triangle and two defense in the first half and held Brandon Roddy to only five points.
That, in turn, left Tre Shun Wynn open at the top of the key.
"What I told (Wynn) is that you have to make those shots,” said Sowell. “But that’s not your whole game. If you take one more step to the bucket, you can get a layup.”
Wynn answered with two 3-pointers and scored all eight of his points in the first half.
“In practice our coach has said it will be coming (face guarding Roddy),” said Wynn. “They tell me I have to knock down that shot and that’s what I have been practicing.”
Roddy, a junior guard, took over in the second half. He scored 20 after halftime, including 12 in the fourht, and finished with a game-high 25.
“The thing that we try to tell him is that people are going to run a box and 1,” said Sowell. “They are going to take you away but you have to go to that block and sit down and be patient.”
Roddy also finished with a game high five steals.
“Coach Sowell told me to be aggressive after the half,” said Roddy. “They went man in the second half and I know I can take my man off the dribble.”
Monroe's bench played a significant role, outscoring the Jackets' bench 15-6.
“The bench has to step up and play,” said Sowell. “They have to know what’s going on and get the job done.”
Junior center Dequavis Allen contributed six points and five boards off the bench and Dikembe White also scored six.
“As a team we were trying to get better and I was trying to box out more,” said Allen. “We just need to keep working hard in practice.”
Both teams finished the night with 23 made field goals, and each hit five three pointers.
The difference: Forest Hills was 5-for-14 from the line while Monroe finished 15-for-26 — a 10-point difference.

Jordan sisters shine
The Jordan sisters combined for 49 points in Monroe High’s 59-55 home win over archrival Forest Hills on Tuesday.
Asha Jordan scored 19 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to lead the Redhawks, and the 5-5 junior wing also pulled down 12 rebounds.
Senior guard Daya Jordan had 12 of her 19 points in the first half, when the Redhawks built a 26-19 lead.
Monroe has now won six straight games, and stands alone atop the Rocky River Conference with a 7-0 league mark (12-1 overall).
Monroe used a 14-3 run to take a 17-6 lead with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
The Jordans had all of Monroe’s points in the first quarter, when the Redhawks led 19-10.
Junior guard Shay Bivens kept Forest Hills in the game in the first half, when she scored 12 of her team-high 20. The Redhawks led 26-19 at the break.
Forest Hills cut the lead to two twice in the third quarter, but trailed 47-36 after three.
Forest Hills got within four in the fourth before Asha Jordan scored seven straight to help hold the Jackets off.
Junior guard Tonjai Everett had 13 points and nine boards for Forest Hills (4-2, 10-5 overall), and sophomore center Zasha Barrett contributed six points, 11 rebounds and five steals for Monroe.
The Redhawks play again today, taking on Parkwood at home; Forest Hills hosts Central Academy on Friday.

Monroe boys 66, Forest Hills 56

Forest Hills (7-8, 2-4)
Terrance Huntley 4 1-3 11, Roderick Poag 8 1-4 17, Kalief Harrison 3 3-7 9, Tyler White 1 0-0 2, Jarvis Wilson 4 0-0 11, Zaccheus Rorie 1 0-0 2, Chris Glidewell 2 0-0 4, Roshad Gibson 0 0-0 0, Austin Perkins 0 0-0 0, Jordan Blakeney 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 5-14 56.

Monroe (10-3, 5-2)
Quayshawn Chambers 3 3-4 9, Brandon Roddy 8 7-8 25, Tristan Thompson 1 1-2 3, Dikembe White 2 2-4 6, Bernard Taylor 1 0-0 2, Tre Shun Wynn 3 0-4 8, Dequavis Allen 3 0-0 6, Gary Parker 2 1-2 6, Isaiah Thomas 0  1-2 1. Totals 23 15-26 66.

Forest Hills          14    6   16   20 - 56
Monroe               17  13   11   25 - 66

3-pointers: FH 5 (Wilson 3, Huntley 2); M 5 (Roddy 2, Wynn 2). Rebounds: FH 21 (Harrison 8, Poag 6); M 23 (Chambers 9, Allen 5). Assists: FH 17 (Huntley 6); M 11 (Chambers 4). Steals: FH 10 (Wilson 4); M 13 (Roddy 5, Chambers 3). Blocks: FH 1 (Poag); M 5 (Chambers 2).

Monroe girls 59, Forest Hills 55
Forest Hills (10-5, 4-2)
Tonjai Everett 5 2-3 13, Shay Bivens 8 0-0 20, Tariah Harrell 3 3-9 9, Onyx Burns 2 0-0 4, Toynika Hailey 1 0-3 2, Shuntel Kirkland 3 1-1 7, Kimberly Rivers 0 0-0 0, Asia Raley 0 0-0 0, Heather Horne 0 0-0 0, Zanec Bivens 0 0-0 0, Natalie Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-16 55.

Monroe (12-1, 7-0)
Kendall Cox 0 1-31 , Daya Jordan 9 1-3 19, Asha Jordan 12 4-6 30, Zasha Barrett 1 4-6 6, Bria Roddy 1 0-0 3, Tyriana Houston 0 0-0 0, Yasmine Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-18 59.

Forest Hills    10   9   17   19 - 55
Monroe         19   7   21   12 - 59

3-pointers: FH 5 (Bivens 4); M 3 (A. Jordan 2). Rebounds: FH 31 (Everett 9, Kirkland 7); M 35 (A. Jordan 12, Barrett 11). Assists: FH 11 (Everett 4, Bivens 3); M 12 (D. Jordan 5, A. Jordan 3). Steals: FH 5 (Bivens 2); M 12 (Barrett 5). Blocks: FH 2 (Burns 2); M 2 (Barrett 2).