continued The only damper on the night was that F-M erased its deficit by going on a 30-8 run that spanned the second and third quarters, moving ahead for good by dominating on the boards and shoring up its perimeter defense. Kiley Shoemaker had 14 of her 15 points during that spurt.
Monnat would finish with 15 points and Giromini added eight points, but the Bees got no closer than six, 46-40, in the closing stages despite F-M missing a string of free throws.
All season long, Monnat has proven the prime target of opponents, as was the case in last Tuesday night’s 40-32 loss to Nottingham.
Though Monnat finished with 11 points, they all came at the free-throw line. Any time she touched the ball, the Bulldogs were content to foul her, preventing baskets, which benefited Nottingham in the long term.
As a whole, B’ville’s offense slumped in the second quarter, held to four points as Nottingham seized a 21-15 lead. The Bees were not able to catch up, managing just eight field goals all night. Chayanna Canada (12 points) and Janaysia Torrence (10 points) led the Bulldogs along.
Drawing the no. 10 seed for the Class AA playoffs, B’ville would meet no. 7 seed Utica Proctor in Tuesday’s opening round, and a win would mean a rematch with F-M, the no. 2 seed, in next Friday night’s semifinals.