The top seeded Chiefs were heavily favored against the home standing Hawks. Megan Walker, the number one recruit of the Class of 2017, scored 22 points in about a half of play, and
was unable to contend as the Chiefs rolled to a 97-43 victory.
Monacan started off strong as expected, hitting easy shots and forcing turnovers on many early
possessions. After a quarter, Monacan already held a 29-7 lead. The second half
wouldn’t get any better for the Hawks, and by halftime, the Chiefs held a
commanding 64-18 lead. Walker totaled 16 points in the half, and teammate Alex
Parson was not far behind with 12 of her own.
Despite laying off the gas, Monacan continued to increase their lead in the third quarter, dropping 18 more points to
seven. The final quarter allowed some of the Chiefs’ deeper bench players to
get some playing time, and Monacan showed why they should be feared, cruising
to the 54 point victory.
“I thought our enthusiasm was great, I thought our intensity was great. I thought we did some good things offensively, but we made a lot of bad mistakes on defense, and that’s the thing we really need to pick up.” noted Starr, “In a closer game, those things are going to haunt us. That’s my concern because last year we were there and did some of this stuff that we did tonight. This year my plan is to try to work through it, but in close games it’s going to cost us. So we see where we need to improve.”
The boys showdown began differently, as the Hawks kept pace with the Chiefs for the first quarter. Monacan took an 18-13 lead a period, then went on a 10-2 run to open up a 13 point lead halfway through the second, enjoying a 35-23 edge at intermission. Nick Parks led the way for the Chiefs in the opening half with 14 points.
Monacan came out swinging in the third quarter, outscoring
12-9 over the first four minutes, and opening up a 17 point advantage by the
end of the period. As the game quickly headed toward the final whistle,
Monacan’s biggest lead was 19 points. Hanover
tried to battle back late but never got within 11 as the Chiefs went on to win
Parks finished his night with a 24 point performance, followed by Darian Peterson with 15, and Wallace Washington with 12. The Hawks were led by Alan Dabney, who put up
a losing effort.
The unbeaten Chiefs both head to Dinwiddie Monday and then to
Manchester on Wednesday looking to stay perfect as the young season moves forward.