MONMOUTH – It’s nice to have options.

After suffering through an injury-plagued 2005-06 campaign, the Monmouth girls have a bevy of scoring options this season. Keying on one player will open up another. Trying to take two out will open up the floor for a third.

Cortney Barrett poured in 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jen Lola added nine points and nine boards to lead Monmouth to a 47-32 win over the Rebels.

“We did a good job getting the ball to Jen, and we had some matchups there,” Monmouth coach Rick Amero said. “They had to have (Telstar guard Bailey) Davis guard one of those two girls, so we were trying to take it into Davis and pick up another foul on her.”

The Mustangs (4-1) must have had terrible flashbacks to last season early in the second half when Lola went down hard at mid-court. She landed on her right arm and left the game. She went to the hospital for X-rays.

“With so many injuries last year, we struggled to win in every game,” Amero said. “This year, we’re starting to gain some options.”

The Mustangs were already without forward Moe Beaulieu, who hurt her knee in a game against Madison. Her MRI results have not come back, yet.

“Without Jen in the second half, it took away everything,” Amero said. “She does so much for us on both ends of the floor and hopefully she’ll be OK.”

On the other end, Davis was her usual self and carried the Rebels on her back. She finished with a game-high 17 points, including four 3-pointers, three rebounds and a pair of steals. She scored eight of Telstar’s 10 fourth-quarter points, and 11 of the team’s 18 in the second half.

“To get Bailey involved is a good thing,” Telstar coach Kelly Dole said. “She’s obviously one of the best players in the MVC, and it’s important to get her going.”

Amero was still satisfied with the two defenders who had to cover Davis, though.

“Sam Fairchild and Brittany Scirica did a great job on Bailey Davis,” Amero said. “She is an incredible player, and those girls kept her in check the best they could. She’s capable of 27-30 points, and we just couldn’t afford to let her do that tonight.”

The teams traded baskets early, and with four minutes to play in the opening quarter, Telstar took its only lead of the contest (7-6) on a trey from Davis. Monmouth closed out the quarter on an 11-1 run – keyed by Lola’s four consecutive rebounds – and outscored the Rebels (2-4) 16-6 in the second to take control of the game.

Telstar scored the first five points of the second half – all before Lola’s injury – but gave up a 7-2 run to again fall into a deep hole. Barrett took over where Lola left off on the boards in the second and grabbed seven of her 12 in the second half to help control the game.

“We really had to box out because (Lola) is one of our main rebounders,” Barrett said. “Toward the end of the third and into the fourth, we boxed them out and tried to get as many rebounds as we could.”

“That’s standard Cortney,” Amero said. “That’s what you’re going to get from her every night. Points may vary depending on what other teams do against her, but her teammates are helping out a bit this year because they’re able to hit those shots from the outside.”


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