Billies, Lady Billies right themselves at Hamburg

After both suffering road losses at Class 4A, District 8 Camden Fairview last Friday, the Monticello Billies and Lady Billies earned much-needed victories Tuesday night at Hamburg.
Fairview, a 5A school who was dropped to 4A in all sports other than football in the latest reclassification of leagues by the Arkansas Activities Association, had its way with both Monticello teams last weekend, beating the Billies 66-64 and the Lady Billies 53-46.
It was a different story at familiar foe Hamburg, where the Monticello senior girls halted a five-game losing streak with a 60-30 blowout and the Billies stopped a two-game slide with a 55-46 win.
Heading into the final seven games of the regular season, Monticello’s senior boys are now 10-7 overall, 3-3 in 8-4A. The Lady Billies stand 7-9 for the season and 2-3 against conference competition.
At Camden, only five Lady Billies were able to score as Monticello fell victim to a 22-13 third-quarter explosion by the Lady Cardinals. That, and falling behind by four pints after the first eight minutes, spelled doom for the visitors.
Seniors Shania Smith and Chaney Scott were the lone Monticello players to reach the 10-point plateau. Smith led the Lady Billies with 19 points and Scott netted 10.
In the last gsme of the night Friday, the Billies were outscored 23-9 in the first quarter and, despite outscoring the Cardinals in the other three periods, couldn’t quite recover from that opening Fairview rally.
Kendric Burks and Nick Smith led Monticello in scoring against Fairview with 13 points each.
At Hamburg, junior Shannon Strickland scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the final period as Monticello opened up a close game with a 17-11 third quarter.
DeWunya Lambert chipped in with 12 points in the Billies’ winning effort against the Lions.
Strickland was not the only Monticello player to reach 20 points at Hamburg. In the girls’ contest, Scott has an even 20 points to lead the Lady Billies to the easy win. Monticello used 15-8 and 10-2 runs in the middle periods to earn the easy victory.
Jayvionna Parks and Ahjane Simpson followed Scott on Monticello scoring charts by also finished with double-figure points. Parks scored 11 and Simpson added 10, as the Lady Billies were able to get eight players in the scoring column this time.
Arch-rival Warren is up next for both the Billies and Lady Billies. Monticello’s Saline River Shootout partner visits Dan Coston Field House on Friday. Three games (junior boys and both senior teams) ate set to tip off at 5 p.m.

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