Rebels tune up for Chilton County tournament

Published 2:06 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2011

By James Dubuisson | Special to the Advertiser

The Thorsby High School basketball teams played host to Jefferson Christian Academy on Jan. 7.

The girls played first, and it was a close one, as the Lady Rebels pulled out the victory, 33-29.

The majority of the points scored were put up by THS guard Sharonda Cooper and JCA guard Jennice Monosky, as they scored 22 points and 20 points for their respective teams.

The Lady Rebels took a 6-5 lead into the second quarter, and the game was still close at the end of the first half, as THS led 16-13.

All 13 of JCA’s first-half points were produced by Monosky, and 12 of the Lady Rebels first-half points were scored by Cooper.

The Lady Rebels led 26-22 at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Eagles’ fate was sealed when Monosky picked up her fifth foul of the game early in the fourth quarter.

THS and JCA scored 7 points apiece in the fourth.

The boy’s game began as a closely contested game, but the Rebels pulled away and won, 65-27, in what could be their most impressive win of the season.

The first quarter ended with the Eagles leading 16-14.

As the second began, Rebels coach Ryan Powell was forced to change from a full-court press defense to a half-court defense because the amount of fouls his team had picked up in the first.

The Rebels’ half-court defense held the Eagles to only three points in the second quarter.

THS’s offense was just as effective as its defense, scoring 24 points in the second quarter to produce a 38-19 lead at the half.

The Rebels’ advantage grew to 28 by the end of the third quarter, and THS kept that 28-point lead for the rest of the game, as both teams scored seven points in the fourth.

Most of the Rebels’ fourth quarter production came from sophomore guard Houston Daniels, as he scored all five of his points in the quarter.

The Rebels’ got help from their entire roster, as 11 Rebels scored in the game. Senior Andrew Farris (15 points) and junior Jace Maddox (11) were the only Rebels with double-digit scoring totals.

JCA’s Alex Coggins scored a game-high 24 points. No other Eagle player scored more than three points in the game.

THS’s two teams look to carry the momentum gained in the games into the Chilton County tournament, which will be played this week at Chilton County High School.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Thorsby boys will play the winner of Wednesday’s Maplesville-Isabella game.

Thorsby’s girls will get the winner of Tuesday’s Jemison-Maplesville game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Both Rebels teams received first-round byes in the tournament.