ALBANY -- They shouted in the locker room. They hugged and high-fived one another.
Some managers even wanted to pose for pictures.
The Monroe girls basketball players definitely got the rock-star treatment.
This wasn’t a typical first-round victory. Something about this one felt a little more special.
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The Tornadoes gradually pulled away in the final quarter and topped Mary Persons 57-46 in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs Tuesday night.
“It was a combination of recognizing our hard work and the fact that Mary Persons was not your typical No. 3 seed,” Monroe head coach Jennifer Acree said. “It’s a testament to how strong our region was, which we believe helped prepare us for this.”
Mary Persons gave the Tornadoes all they could handle until the Bulldogs ran out of gas and were outscored 14-3 in the final 6:22.
With tired legs, Mary Persons got a heavy dose of Monroe star point guard Key Key Price, who scored eight of her game-high 30 points in the final quarter.
“The bottom line is that they had more hosses than we did,” Mary Persons head coach Kurt Greene said. “We got tired, and then we had some foul trouble. When we had to go to our bench, they didn’t perform.”