TRM basketball against Monroe County: B-team wins, varsity girls and boys fall
In their first home games of the season Monday against Monroe County High School, the T.R. Miller Tiger B-team was the lone T.R. Miller team to pull out a win.
The B-team Tigers stunned Monroe County with a 31-28 win to improve to 1-1 this season.
In girls action, the Lady Tigers put up a valiant effort against Monroe County before falling 31-24. The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 0-5 this season.
In the varsity game, the T.R. Miller Tigers dropped a 60-46 decision to fall to 0-2 this season.
T.R. Miller was scheduled to play at Flomaton Tuesday night, but will be back in action Friday at home against W.S. Neal. The game will be the first area game of the season for both teams. Game time is set to tip at 4:30 p.m. with the B-teams starting things off.
TRM B-team 31, MCHS 28
Trailing 23-21 after three quarter of play and 26-25 with 1:57 left in the game, the T.R. Miller B-team rallied to defeat Monroe County 31-28 for their first win of the season.
Ahmaud Taylor led T.R. Miller with nine points and Markail Mitchell added eight points.
Tamerick Jenkins finished with six points, Brooks Brown had five, and Austin Holmes had three points.
The Tigers of T.R. Miller and Monroe County saw themselves tied at 4-all after one quarter of play before T.R. Miller outscored Monroeville 9-8 in the second quarter to take a 13-12 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Monroe County took the lead as they outscored T.R. Miller 11-8 to hold a 23-21 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, T.R. Miller doubled up Monroe County 10-5 to get the three-point win.
T.R. Miller shot 10-of-18 from the free throw line while Monroe County was 6-of-13.
MCHS 31, TRM Lady Tigers 24
In their best effort so far this season, the T.R. Miller Lady Tigers poured in 24 points—24 points less than their combined scoring total in their first four games of the season,— but it was not enough as Monroe County took down the Lady Tigers 31-24.
“We are getting better,” Lady Tiger head coach Ron Jackson said. “It is a slow process, but we are getting better. We scored the most points tonight than we did all year. Mekiah (Williams) had a really good game and I think Star (Drakeford) played well. We had a few little things here and there we need to sharpen up on like boxing out and knowing our assignments. If we do that a few more times, we will be alright. I think we should be able to win 10 ball games.”
The Lady Tigers’ offense started slow in their home game Monday, as they were outscored 9-1 in the first quarter of play.
From there on, the Lady Tigers picked things up as they matched Monroe County in the second quarter with 10 points each to trail 19-11 at the half.
In the third quarter, Monroe County edged T.R. Miller 5-4 to take a 24-15 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, T.R. Miller cut Monroe County’s lead to three points twice and trailed 24-22 with 4:50 left in the game. T.R. Miller outscored Monroe County 9-7 in the quarter, but took the loss by seven points.
Williams led T.R. Miller with 11 points and Steely Ruzic finished with six points. Destiny Washington added three points while Drakeford and Akilah Brazile both had two points each in the loss.
The Lady Tigers were 3-for-9 from the free throw line in the loss while Monroe County was 7-of-22.
MCHS 60, TRM varsity Tigers 46
After trailing big to start the game, the T.R. Miller varsity Tigers rallied late in the game, but could not overcome a bad first quarter as they dropped a 60-46 loss to Monroe County.
T.R. Miller fell behind Monroe County 10-0 in the first quarter and was outscored 19-6 heading into the second quarter.
In the second, T.R. Miller outscored Monroe County 13-10 to cut the lead to 29-19 at the half.
In the third quarter, T.R. Miller fell to a 7-0 run by Monroe County and was outscored 19-15 to trail 48-34 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, T.R. Miller cut Monroe County’s lead to eight points—52-44— with 4:51 left in the game, but was outscored 8-2 the remainder of the game.
Both sets of Tigers scored 12 points each in the period as Monroe County was able to hang on for the 14-point win.
“We played hard,” Tiger head coach Juan Johnson said. “Obviously that is the case every week. We usually put out, but we could not get the key shot tonight. They have a tremendous basketball team and that is credit to them. They get up and down the floor. I won’t say it dictated the game, but their big guy inside did a quality job for them. We just couldn’t get a break. We cut it to eight with four minutes to go, but just never got it.”
Trae Walker led T.R. Miller in the loss with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Chardian Johnson’s 12 points. Dominique Jackson added seven points while Shawn Tolbert had six points and Caden Lodge chipped in four points in the loss.
T.R. Miller was 10-for-18 from the free throw line while Monroe County shot 19-for-28.