West Monroe coach John Green could sense his Lady Rebels were ready for the start of District 2-5A play. The pregame had an electricity in the air that is reserved for special occasions.
West Monroe (18-4, 1-0) might have been a little too ready.
West Monroe and Pineville both stumbled through a clumsy first quarter, but it was West Monroe that found their footing first and pulled away late for a 46-39 win Tuesday night in West Monroe.
West Monroe hit its stride beginning the third quarter and went on a 10-0 run to seize control on the game.
Pineville, behind the hot hand of Danyale Bayonne, clawed its way back into the game with a big run of their own in the closing moments of the game. Back to back three pointers by Bayonne and a layup by Krystal Freeman were part of a 7-1 run that tied the game 39-39 with 1:37 to play.
West Monroe senior Samarius Colquitt then hit a three-pointer of her own and an intentional foul with 41 seconds left on Pineville keyed a 7-0 run to end the game for West Monroe.
“It was a strange game in that, you are ready for district to start, and then it took us a minute to get our offense going,” Green said. “I think we just had to get aggressive and get to the free throw line. It took us away from jump shots. We had too many one dribble jump shots in the first quarter. Our passing got better too after that.”
Colquitt led all scorers with 20 points while Jasmyn Johnson scored 11 points and Abby Lee chipped in nine points for West Monroe.
Bayonne finished with a team-high 17 points for Pineville (15-6, 0-1) while Freeman chipped in eight points.
West Monroe visits Alexandria Senior High Friday at 6 p.m. in another District 2-5A contest.
Rebels get past Madison
The West Monroe boys played another tune-up game prior to their district schedule starting next Tuesday as the Rebels beat Madison 61-50 in a consistent performance the program has lacked as of late.
West Monroe (8-10) led throughout the game and took advantage of key misses and took the ball back in transition to a high level of success.
“We played more consistently for 32 minutes,” West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. “We were not reaching on defense like we did last week (at Ouachita’s Don Redden Classic). We know anytime you can beat a team from District 2-3A it is an accomplishment. We play in the toughest 5A district in the state, and I challenge anybody to find a better 3A district than what Madison plays in.”
Jimmy Orange led the way for West Monroe with 15 points while Dennis Collins added 8 points. Josh Lloyd led Madison with 21 points and Cameron Wells chipped in 12 points.
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