Redhawks red-hot entering RRC tournament

Monroe defeats archrival FH by 17 in regular-season finale
Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:48 PM

Monroe High's boys enter the Rocky River Conference tournament as one of the hottest teams in Union County, and will have the advantage of hosting the event.
The Redhawks won their sixth straight contest on Friday, defeating archrival Forest Hills 69-52 on the road, and have now won 11 of their last 12 games.
Monroe has found its rhythm at the right time.
“That’s why this game is big going into the tournament,” said Monroe coach Johnny Sowell, whose team will be the third seed in the RRC tournament. “You did not want to go into the tournament with a loss. We feel like this one is getting the momentum where we need to be.”
The Redhawks (11-3 RRC, 17-4 overall) jumped on Forest Hills (8-6, 13-10) early, going on a 12-2 run to start the game and taking a 12-5 lead into the second quarter on the strength of seven steals.
Brandon Roddy had a game high five steals, while Tre Shun Wynn had three for the Redhawks.
Monroe finished strong, going seven-for-eight from the line in the final 1:40 of the game.
After starting out 2-of-6 at the line, Monroe junior guard Tre Shun Wynn was 5-of-6 down the stretch and finished with 11 points.
“I was missing and coach Sowell said 'Don’t get frustrated just keep bending your legs and follow,'” said Wynn. “I made the next two and I got confidence. I knew if I started missing (Forest Hills) could come back.”
For the game, Monroe shot 20-for-32 at the line while the Yellow Jackets were 5-of-7 for the game.
“The effort is going to always be there,” said Sowell. “Every time we slowed it down and got into our offense we were fine.”
Roddy finished with a game high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds. Three other players for Monroe scored in double figures, including Dikembe White (14 points), Wynn, and Quayshawn Chambers (10) — who also pulled down 10 rebounds.
With emotions running high in this storied rivalry, it’s easy for teams to get caught up in the excitement that surrounds it.
White felt the Redhawks did a good job of keeping their emotions in check.
“Sowell didn’t have to give us a pep talk; it’s a rivalry game, it should hype you up,” said White. “You don’t get sucked into the crowd. We just had to play our game, run our offense, and play defense.”
Forest Hills got double-doubles from both inside players. Roderick Poag had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Kalief Harrison contributed 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Friday's box scores
Monroe boys 69, Forest Hills 52

Monroe (11-3 Rocky River Conference, 18-4 overall)
Brandon Roddy 7 8-14 24, Dikembe White 5 2-2 14, Tre Shun Wynn 2 8-14 11, Quayshawn Chambers 5 0-0 10, Gary Parker 2 0-0 4, Dequavis Allen 1 2-2 4, Bernard Taylor 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 20-32 69.

Forest Hills (8-6, 13-10)
Roderick Poag 9 0-0 18, Kalief Harrison 7 1-2 15, Jarvis Wilson 2 0-0 4, Terrance Huntley 2 0-0 4, Zaccheus Rorie 2 2-3 7, Austin Perkins 1 2-2 4, Tyler White 0 0-0 0, Jordan Blakeney 0 0-0 0, Kendryk Barrino 0 0-0 0, Camry Barbour 0 0-0 0.Totals 23 5-7 52.

Monroe^12^21^14^22 - 69
Forest Hills^5^18^13^16 - 52

3-pointers: M 4 (Roddy 2, White 2); FH 1 (Rorie). Rebounds: M 38 (Chambers 10, Roddy 9); FH 40 (Harrison 12, Poag 10). Assists: M 9 (Roddy 3, Chambers 3); FH 4 (Rorie 2). Steals: M 15 (Roddy 5); FH 8 (Wilson 3). Blocks: M 0; FH 4 (Rorie 2, Poag, Blakeney).

Monroe girls 70, Forest Hills 62

Monroe (14-0, 21-1)
Asha Jordan 9 2-5 21, Daya Jordan 8 3-3 20, Bria Roddy 4 0-0 11, Zasha Barrett 2 4-4 8, Kendall Cox 4 0-0 8, Yasmine Thomas 1 0-0 2, Tyrianna Houston 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 9-12 70.

Forest Hills (8-6,13-10)
Tonjai Everett 7 2-5 16, Shay Bivens 5 1-3 14, Onyx Burns 6 2-4 14, Toynika Hailey 5 0-0 10, Shuntel Kirkland 2 0-0 6, Natalie Smith 0 0-0 0, Tariah Harrell 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 5-12 62.

Monroe^14^14^18^24  - 70
Forest Hills^13^12^8^29  - 62

3-pointers: M 5 (Roddy 3, A. Jordan, D. Jordan); FH 5 (Bivens 3, Kirkland 2). Rebounds: M 33 (Barrett 9, A. Jordan 7, D. Jordan 7); FH 35 (Burns 15, Hailey 7, Everett 7). Assists: M 15 (D. Jordan 6, Cox 5); FH 9 (Kirkland 5). Steals: M 10 (A. Jordan 3, Cox 3); FH 9 (Burns 3). Blocks: M 1 (Barrett); FH 2 (Burns, Hailey).