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With no wins in their first six games – not helped by players missing action due to quarantines – Monroe Central coach said a win over Union in the semi-finals was a “must-win.” “I felt like it was a must-win for us,” Morrison said of the team’s 53-38 victory. “We’ve faced so much adversity this sea-son. Our kids rallied and controlled much of the game. We were consistent with our defense and rebounding and we were able to push out to a lead and sustain it.” The Bears led 13-8 after one period and 24-18 at halftime before pulling away in what proved to be a decisive third quarter. Macy Shinn had a big scoring night for Monroe Central with 21 points, seven coming in the third. Sami Farmer added 13 points for the Bears. Honour Ellis led the Rockets with 17 points and freshman Zoe Ogden put in 13. Morrison said his was proud of team’s effort in Saturday’s championship loss to Winchester. “I was proud of the way they competed – it was night and day from our first meet-ing,” he said. “Our kids showed a lot of heart and the outcome was much different.” Winchester won the first meeting be-tween the two schools, 83-16.

Game summary

Union 8 18 25 38

Monroe Central 13 24 39 53

ROCKETS – Rice 2, Armour 6, Z. Ogden 13, El-lis 17. BEARS – Shinn 21, Conatser 6, Farmer 13, McGrath 7, Osborne 2, Haney 2, Keeley 0, Baker 2, Newsome 0, Hanson 0.

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