Only bad weather looks like it can stop Billies

Somebody—namely Mother Nature—has finally figured out a way to stop the Class 4A, District 8 freight train that is the Monticello Billies. Just keep them off the court.

Monticello, 17-3 on the season and 10-0 in league play, was to host DeWitt on Tuesday night inside Dan Coston Field House. Sleet, ice and generally foul weather kept the Dragons in DeWitt, though. The games (junior girls and both senior teams) have been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., weather permitting.

The Billies improved their current winning streak to 11 games and kept their conference record unblemished Friday night at Lake Village. Randy Stanley led three Monticello players in double figures as the Billies demolished Lakeside 67-32.

Monticello stormed out to a 14-2 first-quarter lead over the hapless Beavers and increased that advantage by halftime with a 21-13 second period. Stanley took over after intermission, scoring 10 of his game-high 15 points as the Billies coasted to their 24th consecutive 4A-8 victory over two seasons. No other league team has of yet been able to figure out Monticello’s juggernaut; the Billies have not tasted defeat in senior boys’ basketball since dropping down to Class 4A before the 2012-2013 season.

Bralin Daniels followed Stanley on Monticello scoring charts with 12 points. Chris Robertson chipped in with 11 as the Billies had nine players score against Lakeside.

The year is winding down for Monticello. Playing in the only district in Class 4A not to stage a district tournament, the Billies were to have only three games remaining after Tuesday night.

If the DeWitt game can be played on Wednesday, the next battle for Monticello is at Dumas on Friday night.

The final week of the regular season sees the Billies visit Crossett on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and host Star City on Friday, Feb. 21.

Then, it’s on to the 4A South regional tournament at Nashville, where Monticello will most likely face the fourth-place finisher from 4A-7 at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Billies must win their first regional game to advance to the Class 4A State Championship Tournament, to be held March 5-8 at Lonoke.

Should Monticello reach the 4A final, that game will be played at the Summit Center in Hot Springs either March 14 or 15. 

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