Tuesday, December 22, 2015

TDIT: Chiefs Go 1-1 In First Round Monday

(Our correspondent Preston Hausser filed this report from Monacan High School....)

           At Monacan High School Monday night, two teams advanced to the semifinals and two others were handed an opening round loss at the Times Dispatch Invitational Tournament. The Monacan Lady Chiefs took down the Glen Allen Jaguars 78-34 after a 54 point first half to remain undefeated. On the boys’ side, the John Marshall Justices took down the Monacan boys 85-62 to also keep their perfect record. In front of a full house, both Monacan teams put on a show for their home crowd, but only one could prevail.
            Behind nationally-ranked star Megan Walker, the Lady Chiefs easily took down the visiting Jaguars, going into the half with a 41 point lead. Walker scored 25 points in only three quarters of work, proving why she’s the number one ranked player in the Richmond area, as Monacan coach Larry Starr was able to dig into his bench early in the game as Walker, alongside Abby Oquich, was able to easily penetrate the Glen Allen defense to score early and easily. Oguich had 9 points for the Chiefs. Jasmine Norton also had 9 points. While Shalonda Wilkins and Alex Parson each added 8.
             Glen Allen began the night very slow, scoring only 13 points in the first half compared to Monacan’s 54. However, in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars outscored their opponent 16-3 behind the appearance of Cammie Brummitt and her 11 points. Michal Ross added 6 and Jesse Dietrich 5 as the Jaguars dropped the first game of the TDIT. The Jaguars will play in the consolation game tomorrow night, while Monacan will face Huguenot at 5pm in the semifinal. Both games are to be played at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian.
            The boys’ game between John Marshall and Monacan was a much closer game until about the end of the first quarter. Monacan kept as close as they could to the juggernaut Justice offense as they could, but the Chiefs could only do so much without captain Garrett Oguich, who is currently injured. Central Florida commit Jeremy Carter-Sheppard led a John Marshall offensive that featured 4 players in double-digits as the Justices rocked grey uniforms in the midst of the bright orange Monacan gymnasium.
            Carter-Sheppard utilized every aspect of game to drop 23 points on the Chiefs, as he made four three-pointers and scored from almost every other area of the court with his ball-handling skills. Big men Gregory Jones and Isaiah Anderson combined for 30 points, 18 and 12 respectively, to account for more than 1/3 of the John Marshall points. Freshman Levar Allen added 14 as the JM boys forced Monacan to turn the ball over on a multitude of possessions with their quick and aggressive defense.

            Despite the score, Monacan still had three bright spots in their offense. Point guard Wallace Washington steadied the Chief offense for most of the game, adding 13 points through three quarters. Darian Peterson hit a trio of long three pointers plus a couple of high-powered dunks and free throws to bring his total to 15 points on the night. Nick Parks alone contributed five three-pointers for the Chiefs, who fell 85-62 and will also play in the consolation game tomorrow. The Justices match-up against Deep Run tomorrow at 8 for a chance to play in the championship game on Wednesday at the Siegel Center.

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