Georgetown’s 3-pointers rain on MHS

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 17, 2002

MONTEREY, La. &045; OK, Leanna Sterling did not physically get down on the stage end of Monterey’s court with a knife and carve her name into the wood.

But the 3-pointers she hit in the third quarter in a four-minute span from the same spot left a lasting impression.

Sterling accounted for half of Georgetown’s treys in the game as the Lady Bulldogs (13-8) put Monterey (11-6) away 52-36.

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&uot;I thought we played good in the first quarter and then we had to start closing down on their two big girls,&uot; Lady Wolves head coach Robert Taylor said. &uot;Then they hit four straight threes and got away from us.&uot;

Sterling and fellow Bulldog Miranda Rousseau led all scorers with 14 each.

While Sterling, Rousseau and Danielle Sauce all connected from behind the arc, Georgetown head coach Randi Crawford said that’s usually not the gameplan for his club.

&uot;Normally we like to take it inside out, but Monterey was really packing it in, inside,&uot; he said. &uot;And we’re fortunate to have several girls who can shoot the three.&uot;

It was a bittersweet win for Crawford, who was a part of Monterey just a few years ago and had an opportunity to coach the same group of Lady Wolves when they were in junior high.

The third quarter streak of 3-pointers put the game away for Georgetown, as it built on a nine-point halftime lead.

Monterey’s leading scorer Brittany Woodruff for the season had a rough go of it, missing her first nine shots.

Woodruff and sister Leslee led the Lady Wolves in points with eight apiece.

&uot;My young ladies played against a great group of girls tonight,&uot; Crawford said. &uot;To come in here and win is big. It was tough early on.&uot;

One thing you can say about Monterey’s team is Taylor is giving a lot of minutes to many of his young players.

&uot;In the fourth quarter there, we had four ninth graders and one eighth grader,&uot; Taylor said. &uot;We’re fortunate to have just one senior and everybody is working in well.&uot;

One of those underclassmen making the most of her court time was Monterey’s Melissa Simpson.

Simpson scored seven points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Wolves showed no signs of giving up despite the game being out of reach.

If the third quarter is where the Lady Bulldogs cushioned themselves, the second found them taking over the game.

After losing the first 12-10, Rousseau and Sauce hit back-to-back treys to

put Georgetown ahead 18-13.

Not a minute later Carrie Fisher’s bucket extended the lead to nine and capped a 10-1 Lady Bulldogs’ run.

&uot;I thought we played good on defense tonight,&uot; Crawford said. &uot;Once we put the man-to-man on and gave Monterrey some pressure it really made the difference.&uot;

Georgetown 77, Monterey boys 21

Wolves’ coach Robert Taylor said he spent a lot of pregame time focusing his defense on Georgetown’s inside game that the perimeter opened up for the Bulldogs.

But who can blame him with stately oaks 6-foot-7 Cody King and 6-6 T.C. Willett overflowing the paint.

The Bulldogs took advantage of Monterey collapsing the paint as Matt Flaherty hit three baseline 3-pointers in the opening minutes to put Monterey away early, 13-4.

The Wolves (5-9) could not play catchup the rest of

the way.

&uot;Size kills us. And when you got two men like that (King and Willett) can play you got to watch out,&uot; Taylor said. &uot;And then they hit the threes and that opened the inside up.&uot;

Georgetown moved to 11-7, but its record is very deceiving.

Five of the losses came against competition from Class 3 and 4A. The Bulldogs only Class C loss came against storied Atlanta, who contends for state titles annually.

&uot;It was a good win for us,&uot; Georgetown head coach Donnie Adams said. &uot;Monterey plays a lot of people close, so we’ll use this to gauge ourselves.

&uot;We really benefit from playing higher classes.&uot;

Flaherty led all scorers with 20 with King chipping in 16.

Roy Smith led Monterey with 10.