The Monroeville Eagles held them to single-digits in a 41-9 home victory at the Monroeville Athletic Complex. The Tigers still have not won a game and are now 0-12 on the season, while the Eagles got back to .500 at 6-6.
On the Eagles’ side, coach Brad Dunlap said he liked what he saw on the defensive end. However, he would like to see them get off to quicker starts in the future. The Eagles scored 10 points in the first quarter and 18 points in the first half.
“We have been starting really slow,” Dunlap said. “We have been talking about it. We got to correct that as we move forward. We got to start games faster. I think our defense is keeping us in games.
“Our defense Tuesday night got us a win (vs. Lakota), and tonight they played great defense. But we got to find a way to start faster.”
Dunlap said he believes the key to getting better starts on the offensive end is confidence.
“I think it’s a confidence thing,” he said. “Just being focused in the moment and ready to go when they step on the floor. We got to continue to get better that’s for sure.”
Senior Amelia Dalton led the Eagles’ offense with 14 points. Fellow senior Taylor Reer added eight.
The first quarter was low-scoring for both sides. Monroeville ended the quarter with a 10-4 lead. Reer and Kara Schafer each scored four points in the quarter.
The second quarter was even slower. The Tigers failed to get any points, while the Eagles added eight to their lead, four by Dalton, and went into halftime up 18-4.
In the third quarter, the Tigers got the first three points, all from the free-throw line. That was all the points they scored in the quarter though. Dalton scored eight more points, including two 3-pointers. The Eagles ended the quarter up 30-7.
In the fourth quarter, all 11 of the Eagles’ points were scored by their bench. The Tigers also managed to add two more points on their end.
Tigers coach Patrick Phillips said they have been lacking on the offensive end.
“On the offensive end, we didn’t execute like we should have,” Phillips said. “Went over some things, didn’t get them done. But the biggest thing is transition points. They (Monroeville) were getting transition points and offensive rebounds. And once the lead ballooned, it is hard for us to get back in because we can’t keep up with high scoring.”
Phillips said part of the reason for the offensive struggles is not having a go-to player to get points.
“We just don’t have a scorer,” he said. “We get looks at the basket, and they just don’t get down. We were having fast-break layups, and we are not even putting those in. It’s plain and simple, you got to put the ball in the hole.”
The Eagles’ bench got to see a lot of minutes throughout the game due to the Eagles’ big lead. Dunlap said his bench is improving, and a game like this one was a great opportunity for them to continue to get minutes and time on the floor.
“I’m seeing some of our bench players and younger girls progressing very nicely,” he said. “It was nice to have a game like this that you can get all those people in. And it was good to see.”
Monroeville’s next game will be Saturday at South Central.
HURON (0-12, 0-8)
Maggie McNea 2-0—4, Hayden Petee 1-1—3, Madison Belden 0-2—2
MONROEVILLE (6-6, 3-4)
Kara Schafer 3-0—6, Taylor Reer 4-0—8, Ameilia Dalton 5-2—14, Ashlyn Tommas 1-0—2, Jessica Hayes 1-0—2, Alex Carper 2-0—4, Jade Quillen 0-1—1, Camryn Hedrick 1-2—4. TOTALS 17-5—41.
Huron 4 0 3 2 — 9
Monroeville 10 8 12 11 — 41
3-point FGs: (M) Dalton 2
JV: Monroeville won