KILMICHAEL -- The Montgomery County boys are atop the MHSAA Region 5-1A standings following a big win over McAdams Monday.
Decoreyon Small led four Hornets in double figures with 23 points in a 62-44 victory. Katicion Winfrey had 14 points, Deterrious Williams 13 and Aramus Sutton 10.
“We played a whole lot better than we did Saturday night,” coach Frank Miller said, referring to a 53-49 victory over Winona in the Hornets' first game in a month. “We defended better, and we shared the basketball more.”
Montgomery County is 3-0 in region play (14-3 overall). Coffeeville is a half game back at 3-1. The Hornets and the Pirates will play each other twice — Feb. 1 at Montgomery County and Feb. 7 at Coffeeville.
Montgomery County did lose to region opponent Durant in November, but that was during a tournament at J.Z. George and was not a region game. The Hornets will be at Durant Friday and will host the Tigers in the final regular season game Feb. 9.
Miller said beating McAdams, which is 3-2 in region play, is a confidence booster. “For the team and their coach.”
The Montgomery County girls lost an opportunity to move into first place in 5-1A with a 71-51 loss to McAdams Monday.
“McAdams is a pretty good team, a well-disciplined team,” said Montgomery County coach Jeremy Robinson. “But at the same time, we did not play very well. We turned the ball over way too many times. We kind of beat ourselves, turning the ball over and not rebounding on the offensive end.”
Tatyana Kenney led Montgomery County with 17 points. Tatyana Womack had 13 and Bianca Lane 11.
McAdams leads the region at 4-0 and is the state's fourth-ranked 1A team according to the website MaxPreps. Montgomery County is 2-1 in region play and 12-6 overall. The teams will meet again Feb. 2 at McAdams.