Jones hits 35 as Lady Trojans pound McCall girls to go 4-0 in District 3-2A

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2003

FERRIDAY, La. &045; Sometimes even Wonder Woman amazes herself.

Monique Jones knew her night was in lights in the Ferriday girls’ 89-67 victory over McCall Tuesday, but even her mouth dropped as she made it over to the scorer’s table after the game and found out she logged a career-high 35 points.

&uot;I usually don’t think about the number of points I score until after the game when people are telling me,&uot; Jones said. &uot;They told me 35 and I said, ‘What?’&uot;

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Jones and the Lady Trojans (25-0, 4-0 district 3-2A) rebounded from a sluggish start to handle McCall (13-9, 1-3) and stay undefeated.

As the season begins its final decent into the postseason, you can sense the hunger for redemption Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron tastes for her team.

The Lady Trojans finished off the 2001-02 season 25-4 with a loss in the state semifinals of the playoffs to Christian Life of Baton Rouge.

&uot;We’re on a mission this year and nobody is going to stop us from that state title,&uot; Abron said. &uot;(McCall) stunned us early and we had to readjust, but it’s going to be hard to stop us from here on out.&uot;

Ferriday fans who got to their seats a little late &045; standing in line for a Pepsi and a bag of popcorn &045; had to make sure they were in the right gym when they looked up at the scoreboard several minutes into the first period.

The Lady Dragons blasted out of the gates, clinging to a 7-0 lead early after a Dasha Ramsey basket, and still up seven, 9-2, with 6:16 left in the first period when Bettina Fountain registered the first two of her 21 points.

Every team that yearns to be great needs to learn how to play from behind and withstand runs.

While the deck was stacked against them quickly, the Lady Trojans never hit the panic button.

&uot;I told the girls before the game that this was a team that liked to play up tempo like us,&uot; Abron said. &uot;We had to get back to what we do best and that’s create turnovers.&uot;

Mission accomplished. After cutting the lead to a single bucket by period’s end, Ferriday took its first lead of the game with a little more than 30 seconds elapsed in the second on a Jones’ basket.

The lead see-sawed just one more time until the lady Trojans took the lead for good, 27-26, on a RaShonda Leonard basket with 5:06 to play before halftime.

&uot;We played good from the start and then we just let up and didn’t play defense at all,&uot; McCall head coach Robert Gultery said. &uot;Ferriday has a great group of seniors who lead them. I hope I have that one day. I wish them luck.&uot;

Despite the 21, Abron was pleased with the way LaTasha Cain defended Fountain, the Lady Dragons go-to player. Cain limited Fountain to just four points during the second and third periods, but opened up wide-open looks for guard Donna Fair, who scored 28 points.

&uot;We did our homework on (Fountain) and when we took her out of it, (Fair) really lit it up,&uot; Abron said. &uot;I think the turning point of the game was when we were able to control the offensive boards and keep the ball away from them.&uot;