Monroe Central is now 4-0 in the MEC after defeating Randolph Southern 47-36 on Thursday.

The Lady Bears have faced four straight conference opponents and have come out of each contest on the winning side of the scoreboard.

Their latest victim is Randolph Southern, a team trying to find its way after losing senior starter Grace Watson to a season ending knee injury on November 10.

Despite the 11 point margin,  the game was close from the jump to the final buzzer, but Monroe Central got the early lead and never lost it.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter. Monroe Central’s Leah Osborne hit a three pointer, and Kimber Abshear was three for three from the free throw line giving the Bears six points. 

Southern earned four points in the first quarter, all coming from Brianna Smith.

MC increased its lead in the second quarter scoring 14 points to Southern’s 10.

The Lady Bears got more players on the scoreboard getting points from Abshear, Alex McGrath, Macy Shinn, and Addy Puckett. 

Seven of the Rebels’ 10 points came from Kaibre Stephan, and Mia Saylor added a three pointer.

The Lady Rebels were able to cut one point off the Monroe Central lead in the third quarter. Randolph Southern seniors Colleen Ledbetter and Lilly Parrett and sophomores Smith and Alyssa Allen put together 10 points.

The Bears scored nine points from Shinn, Sami Farmer, Lexi Conatser, and Maggie Haney.

Monroe Central freshman Sydney Patterson pulled the Bears out of reach by scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter. McGrath, Abshear, and Shinn added eight more.

Although the Rebels had their best offensive quarter getting help from Ledbetter, Stephan, Smith, Allen, and Courtney Clear, they were not able to stop the Bears on the other end.

Monroe Central coach Brock Morrison knew Randolph Southern would not quit. “I knew Southern was going to be physical and scrappy. You could tell it affected us on the offensive end. Once our kids settled down and collected themselves, you could see the game change,” remarked Morrison.

The Bears’ coach was happy overall with his team’s play. “We started making winning plays on both ends of the floor and were able to push the lead to double digits late in the fourth. I’m proud of their efforts.”

Patterson led the Bears offensively with 11 points. McGrath had 10 points and eight rebounds. Abshear added nine points, Shinn five points, Osborne and Conatser scored three points each, and Farmer, Puckett, and Haney had two points each.

Smith led the Rebels with 10 points. Stephan added nine points, and Ledbetter had eight. Allen and Saylor scored three points each, Clear had two points, and Parrett had one point.

Southern coach Jeremy Stephan wasn’t unhappy with his team’s performance.

“When we lost Grace, it really had a big effect on what we are trying to do both on offense and defense. That was a big blow, and right now we’re having to adjust to it and re-learn how to do certain things. But I was proud of  our hustle and effort.”

Monroe Central hosts Northeastern tonight.

Randolph Southern’s girls and boys varsity teams host Union tonight. The girls play first at 6:00, and the boys follow at 7:30.


Rand. Southern 4 14 24 36

Monroe Central 6 19 28 47

Individual Scoring

REBELS –:Stephan 3 0 3-4 9; Allen 0 0 3-4 3; Clear 1 0 0-0 2; Ledbetter 1 2 0-0 8; Smith 3 0 4-6 10; Saylor 0 1 0-0 3; Shumaker 0 0 0-0 0; Parrett 0 0 1-2 1; T. Watson 0 0 0-0 0; Totals 8 3 11-16 36.

BEARS – Shinn 1 0 3-6 5; Conatser 0 1 0-0 3; Osborne 0 1 0-0 3; Farmer 0 0 2-2 2; McGrath 4 0 2-2 10; Patterson 1 3 0-0 11; Abshear 2 0 5-5 9; Puckett 1 0 0-1 2; Haney 1 0 0-0 2; Totals 10 5 12-16 47.

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