Varsity Boys Basketball
Warriors senior basketball player has won the Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award named for the retired WRAL sports anchor. Click the link to see the story. http://www.highschoolot.com/extra_effort/video/17344644/ Monroe ended his St. David’s career with over 2,300 points and 1,000 rebounds.
The boys varsity basketball season ended Saturday in Charlotte with a 71-57 loss to Carmel Christian in the 2A state tournament quarterfinals. Seventh-seeded St. David’s wiped out a 32-25 halftime deficit with a 13-4 run to start the second half for a 38-36 lead in the third quarter. However, the second-seeded Cougars came back to lead 43-39, then exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter to advance to the semi-finals. “I am proud of my teams response to a lot of adversity today,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors finished 23-6. “They wouldn’t quit and represented St. David’s in the right way. I will miss my seniors (Kris Monroe, Darion Green, Jack Dunn, Josh Rhoads, Michael Hurst and Pete Garrabrant). They have done great things for this program.” Monroe led the scoring with 21 points, while Rhoads had 11 and Keonte Bradley added 10. Green led the rebounding with seven and dished five assists.
The boys varsity Warriors claimed their third straight EPIC tournament championship with a resounding 84-48 victory over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill at home Friday night. The top-seeded Warriors extended a four-point first quarter lead to 12 at the half, then broke the game open with an 18 point third quarter to lead 57-36 with eight minutes left. “We just kept pushing,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors ended the regular season 22-5. “We played well in all phases and shared the wealth in the scoring column. It was a true team effort and comes at a great time.” Keonte Bradley and Darion Greene led four St. David’s players in double figures with 15 points. Tai Goode had 13 plus six assists and four steals. Kris Monroe, the tournament MVP, added 11. Green joined him on the all-tournament team. St. David’s also hosted the girls title game. The top-seeded O’Neal School Falcons of Southern Pines took care of second-seeded Cary Christian, who defeated the Warriors Thursday, 50-38. SDS senior Lexi Medlin was named to the all-tournament team. All teams will know their seed for the state tournament after Sunday’s meeting.
The Warriors varsity boys will play for their third straight EPIC tournament championship after an 80-55 home victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Thursday evening. The Tigers overcame a 25-15 deficit after the first quarter to trim the Warriors advantage to just two early in the second period. However, back-to-back three pointers from seniors Kris Monroe and Darion Green gave SDS a seven- point lead that continued to grow the rest of the way. “We expected their intensity because nobody wants their season to end,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors are 21-5. “I’m glad Kris is on our side.” Monroe posted a double-double with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. Green scored 13, Tai Goode had 11 with six assists and Keonte Bradley added 10 points. The title game is at home Friday at 6:30 against the Trinity of Durham –Chapel Hill/Cary Christian winner.
The varsity boys exploded out of the gate and went on to a resounding 77-33 Senior Night victory over Grace Christian. The win wrapped up the EPIC regular season title and the top seed in the league tournament next week. Senior Kris Monroe scored 25 points in the first half as the Warriors led 50-19 at halftime. “He can be unstoppable when he decides to be,” said coach Will Coley. “I’m proud of my seniors and I think things are moving in the right direction as we begin post-season play.” Monroe finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Classmates Darion Green (11 points, eight assists), Josh Rhoads (10 points, eight rebounds) and Pete Garrabrant (10 points) also scored double figures. St. David’s finished the season 12-0 in league play and 20-5 overall.
The varsity boys capped a Tuesday night home tripleheader with a 70-20 rout of The O’Neal School of Southern Pines. St. David’s blasted out of the gate for a 41-13 halftime lead, then allowed the Falcons just two points in the third quarter to stay undefeated (11-0) in conference play and go to 19-5 overall. “We talked about being very active and giving great effort at the start,” said coach Will Coley. “The guys responded very well. We used this game to build good habits that we will need down the stretch.” Kris Monroe led the way with a game-high 16 points, 14 in the first half. He added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Darion Green added 13 points and Keonte Bradley chipped in 11.
The varsity boys picked up the only St. David’s victory in three games at Cary Christian Tuesday. St. David’s did not allow the Knights to score in the second quarter and gave up only four in the fourth quarter on the way to a 45-23 victory. Kris Monroe led the scoring with 13 points. Darion Green added 12 along with a team-leading six rebounds and five assists. St. David’s is 18-5 overall and 10-0 in the EPIC. The girls lost a heartbreaker, 38-37, as Cary Christian made two free throws for their only lead with .4 seconds left on the clock. “We wanted to slow the game down by limiting their possessions and we did that to perfection,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “My girls played their hearts out and it was unfortunate the game ended the way it did.” Karis New scored a team-high 14 points and Lexi Medlin added 12. The Warriors are 6-3 in the league and 8-7 overall. The JV team lost, 5-23 to fall to 6-9 on the season. Colby Sanders scored seven points and Hoyt Lewis had six. All teams host O’Neal Wednesday.
The Warriors varsity teams earned victories at Trinity Academy of Raleigh Friday night. The girls tamed the Tigers, 42-33, to raise their record to 8-6 overall and 6-3 in the EPIC. “We’re really excited to have two wins this week, because next week is the biggest one of our season” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team plays at Cary Christian Tuesday, then hosts The O’Neal School Wednesday and Grace Christian Friday. Juju Medlin finished with 15 points, while Lexi Medlin added 10. The boys had to work overtime, but earned a 61-59 victory. Kris Monroe hit the game winner with one second left on a corner jumper. “I think we were a little leg weary with this being our third game in four days,” said coach Will Coley. “Keonte Bradley left his shoes at school, but Jake Salerno lent his to Keonte for the fourth quarter. We were down three at that point and Keonte helped us the rest of the way.” Monroe led team with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Tai Goode contributed 11 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Bradley had 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors are 17-5 and 10-0 in conference play. The boys play the same three opponents after the girls games next week. SDS junior James Motter took the photo that accompanies this post.
The varsity boys jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead against the Word of God Holy Rams at home Thursday night, but couldn’t survive a second half rally and fell 66-59. Word of God (17-6) outscored St. David’s (16-5) 19-0 to begin the third quarter for a 41-35 lead. Warriors senior Kris Monroe dunked and hit a three pointer to tie the game at 54 with four minutes left, but the home team wouldn’t score again until the final seconds. “It was definitely a tale of two halves,” said coach Will Coley. “We let them back in the game, then battled back, but couldn’t execute down the stretch.” Monroe led SDS with 21 points, while Darion Green had 11. Tai Goode scored eight and passed out eight assists. The JV Warriors fell, 66-23. Colby Sanders scored 14 points. All three Upper School teams are back in action Friday at Trinity of Raleigh.
The Warriors Upper School teams won two of three games at Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Tuesday night. The girls prevailed, 37-27, to raise their record to 5-3 in EPIC play and 7-6 overall. The Warriors had only six players available and two played the second half in foul trouble. “We battled through so much to win this game,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “Claire Monaco and Lexi Medlin did a great job handling the ball against their press and Emily Alcock stepped up to grab nine rebounds. Everyone we had did something to help us win.” Lexi (15) and JuJu Medlin (13) scored in double figures to lead SDS. The boys stayed undefeated in the conference with their sixth straight win, 62-49. Keonte Bradley led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds, six steals and a blocked shot. Kris Monroe posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Tai Goode had 12 and Darion Green added 11. “We started strong and led the entire game,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 16-4 and 9-0 in league. “It’s always good to play well and get a road win,” The JV lost 45-36. The boys teams host Word of God Thursday, while all three teams are back in action Friday at Trinity of Raleigh.
The St. David’s Upper School teams won three games against Carolina Friends of Durham Tuesday night at home. The JV Warriors started the evening with their third straight victory, 41-22, which included a shutout second quarter for a 19-8 halftime lead. “We woke up in the second quarter,” said coach Steve Baker. “We are starting to understand how to rotate on defense. It was a good team win.” Trey Weddington scored 10 points while Hoyt Lewis added eight as the Warriors raised their record to 5-6. The varsity girls bounced back from a three-point loss at O’Neal Friday with a 39-18 victory. Playing with only one reserve, the Warriors didn’t allow a point in the second quarter for a 23-5 halftime lead. “We needed a game like this after Friday,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “Our defense was outstanding in the first half and it led to some easy transition baskets.” JuJu Medlin led the scoring with 12, Lexi Medlin added 10 and Julia Hensley chipped in nine. The Warriors are 6-6 overall and 4-3 in league play. The varsity boys completed the sweep with a 66-24 wire-to-wire blowout victory that extended their winning streak to seven games. Darion Green led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Josh Rhoads scored 13 and Keonte Bradley had 10. Tai Goode added eight points, four assists and four steals. “We got better in every area tonight,” said coach Will Coley. “Everyone played and we kept the game in our hands all night.” St. David’s is 15-4 overall and 7-0 in EPIC action.
The varsity boys won their sixth straight game, 52-46, over Northeastern High School of Elizabeth City Saturday in the Garner Showcase at South Garner High School. St. David’s extended a 23-16 halftime lead to as much as 12 in the fourth quarter before a furious Eagle comeback cut the lead to one point with less than a minute to play. Keonte Bradley hit four free throws to ice the win. Bradley hit 9 of 10 free throws on the day to finish with 13 points. He also had eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Kris Monroe led SDS (14-4) with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks despite being in foul trouble most of the game. Josh Rhoads contributed 10 points and eight rebounds, while Darion Green had 10 points and six rebounds. The JV and varsity boys and the varsity girls host Carolina Friends Tuesday and The O’Neal School Wednesday.
The Warriors trip to Southern Pines yielded two victories Friday night. The JV boys prevailed 46-24 behind 10 points from Hoyt Lewis and Trey Weddington and nine from Colby Sanders. “Everybody contributed tonight and those are always the best wins,” said coach Steven Baker, whose Warriors are 4-6. The varsity girls led early, but couldn’t hold it in a 45-42 loss. Julia Hensley led the scoring with 10 points. Juju Medlin had nine and Karis New added eight. “We played the best we’ve played all year, but with a short bench, we didn’t have enough energy to hold on at the end,” said coach Alan Hinnant, who had seven players available. “Julia did a great job handling their pressure and running our offense. We played as hard as we could and I think good lie ahead for us.” The varsity boys cruised to a 66-30 victory to cap the evening. SDS led 46-12 at halftime to raise their record to 13-4 overall and 6-0 in EPIC play. Kris Monroe led SDS with 15 points. Darion Green contributed 13 and Keonte Bradley had 10.
The Upper School Warriors basketball teams took two of three games Tuesday night at Grace Christian. The JV boys started the tripleheader with a 50-47 victory. Hoyt Lewis scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the way. Daniel Baucom came off the bench to score eight points, grab six rebounds and block a pair of shots. The JV Warriors are 3-6. The girls dropped a close, 38-36 decision to the Eagles. Turnovers plagued the Warriors in the second half and helped Grace come back from a three-point halftime deficit. “Our defense was great when we had the chance to set it up, but our turnovers led to too many easy transition baskets for them,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We played very hard and Emily Alcock played great defense in the fourth quarter off the bench. She gets better every day and we’ll need her the rest of the way.” Lexi Medlin led the Warriors (5-5, 3-2 in EPIC play) with 15 points. The varsity boys capped the evening with a 81-50 blowout victory. The Warriors jumped out to a 22-4 lead and never looked back. “It’s always good to take care of business on the road in a conference game,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors had 24 steals. “We had active hands and converted those steals into points.” Tai Goode led four SDS players in double figures with 16 points and nine assists. Keonte Bradley added 15 points, seven steals, five assists and two blocked shots. Darion Green had 13 points, while Kris Monroe scored 11 and had five steals. Josh Rhoades scored nine as the Warriors raised their record to 12-4 and 5-0 in league play. All three teams travel to Southern Pines Friday to face The O’Neal School.
The varsity boys started fast and never looked back in a 66-45 victory over Cary Christian Friday night at home. The Warriors (11-4, 4-0) jumped out to a 21-5 lead at the end of the first quarter against their EPIC rivals and led throughout. Junior guard Tai Goode sparked the early run with back-to-back buckets and a steal. He finished with 12 points and four assists. “He’s more comfortable with our system,” said coach Will Coley. “He spent the first semester learning our offense and his teammates. Now he’s looking for his shot and that’s another weapon for us.” Senior Kris Monroe led all scorers with 25 points. Classmate Josh Rhoads added 10 points and a team-best 12 rebounds.
The Warriors completed the 2017 portion of their schedule with a 78-63 victory over North Davidson High School Friday in the Sheetz Classic at Southwest Guilford High School in High Point. Kris Monroe scored 20 of his game-high 32 points in the second half as SDS turned a two-point halftime lead into a resounding victory. “It was a fun game to watch,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors are 10-4. “Tai Goode had some exciting drives to the basket, Darion Green had several dunks and both teams hit multiple three-pointers,” Monroe grabbed 10 rebounds to post a double-double. He averaged 28 points and 9.8 rebounds during the three-day event, to earn All-Tournament team honors. Green scored 14 points and blocked five shots, while Goode added 12 points and dished eight assists. Keonte Bradley was the fourth Warrior in double figures with 10 points. St. David’s returns to action on January 5th at home against EPIC rival Cary Christian.
St. David’s snapped a two game losing streak in a big way Thursday afternoon with a 76-41 thrashing of Lexington High School in the Sheetz Classic held at Southwest Guilford High School in High Point. The Warriors (9-4) led wire to wire after a first half explosion that resulted in a 50-21 halftime lead. “We were all business from the very start and kept our foot on the throttle,” said coach Will Coley. “I’m happy that we played well in all phases.” Kris Monroe posted a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead SDS. Darion Green added 12 points and seven rebounds. Josh Rhoades was the third Warrior in double figures with 12 points also. Keonte Bradley passed out a team-leading seven assists and blocked a pair of shots. St. David’s wraps up the tournament Friday at 4:30 against North Davidson HS
The boys varsity Warriors opened the Sheetz Classic at Southwest Guilford High School in High Point with a 66-59 loss to High Point Central HS. St. David’s (8-4) jumped out to a 19-7 lead after the first quarter and were ahead 34-24 at halftime. However, the Bisons cut the lead to five entering the fourth quarter and outscored SDS 23-11 in the final eight minutes. “We missed some easy layups and struggled from the free throw line,” said coach Will Coley. “High Point Central played well in the second half and we couldn’t hold them off.” Kris Monroe scored a game-high 27 points, while Darion Green added 15 and 11 rebounds. The Warriors face Lexington HS in Thursday’s second round.
The Warriors fell, 69-67 in double overtime, to Northwood Temple School of Fayetteville in the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte Friday night. St. David’s (8-3) led by 20 points in the third quarter, but saw the advantage dwindle as Kris Monroe, Josh Rhoads and Darion Green fouled out midway through the fourth quarter. SDS had a chance to win in the first overtime, but the final shot wouldn’t drop. Northwood took the lead in the second overtime and held on for the win. “I was very proud of our effort,” said coach Will Coley. “We proved that we can play with anybody when we are focused. Our guys played really hard and it’s disappointing that they don’t get a win for their effort.” Monroe led the scoring with 25 points. Tai Goode hit all three of his three-pointers to finish with 12 and seven steals. Darion Green had 12 and Keonte Bradley added 11. Jack Dunn passed out six assists. The Warriors resume play Wednesday in the Sheetz Classic at Southwest Guilford High School in High Point.
The boys varsity Warriors used a 40 point explosion from senior Kris Monroe to defeat Northside Christian School, 69-58, in the first game of the Queen City Classic Wednesday night in Charlotte. Monroe scored 12 of the Warriors 18 points in the fourth quarter to turn a one point deficit into a victory. The St. David’s defense also came up big in the final eight minutes as Northside scored just six points in the fourth quarter. “Kris was outstanding and so was our defense down the stretch,” said coach Will Coley. “It was a wide open, fast and furious game and a lot of fun to be part of.” Monroe also grabbed 13 rebounds, swiped five steals and passed out four assists. Darion Green had 14 points and three steals, while Keonte Bradley chipped in nine points and six rebounds. The Warriors are 8-2 and take on Northwood Temple from Fayetteville Friday night.
The boys varsity Warriors saw several shots rim out down the stretch and lost, 58-54 to Woodberry Forest School of Orange, Va. Saturday afternoon at home. The Lions, located northeast of Charlottesville, requested the game so senior forward Khalid Thomas of Wake Forest, NC could play in front of family and friends. Thomas hit a pair of key free throws late that kept the Warriors from coming back. “They out-hustled us and out-scrapped us but we still had plenty of chances,” said coach Will Coley. “We schedule these kinds of games to see where we are and we’ll learn from it and continue to improve.” Kris Monroe led St. David’s, now 8-2, with 24 points. The Warriors are back in action Wednesday and Friday in the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte.
The Warriors varsity boys battled back from a second half deficit to defeat Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill 87-77 in the St. David’s gym Friday night. The Lions jumped out to an eight point lead after the first quarter, but SDS trailed by only two at halftime. Junior guard Ty Goode made a layup, stole the ball and made another one to give St. David’s its first lead midway through the third quarter. Kris Monroe added to the run with multiple three pointers on the way to a game high 25 points. The Lions fouled on almost every Warriors possession in the fourth quarter, but the home team maintained the lead by making 20 free throws in the fourth quarter. “We gutted it out,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 3-0 in the league and 7-1 overall. “Ty always plays hard and was our spark tonight. I’m grateful for a game like this because it tests who we are.” Keonte Bradley was the second Warrior in double figures with 16 points. Jack Dunn hit all 14 of his free throws and had a game high six steals.
The varsity boys shrugged off a slow start for a 76-46 home conference rout of Trinity of Raleigh Tuesday. The Warriors led 12-11 after the first quarter, stretched it to 28-21 at halftime, then went up by 20 after three quarters. “I chalk up our start to exams coming up,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 6-1 and 2-0 in EPIC play. “We turned it around by getting back to basics. We played good defense, got our transition going and filled the gaps to get open shots.” Senior Darion Green led four Warriors in double figures with 19 points, Kris Monroe had 17, 10 rebounds and six steals. Keonte Bradley chipped in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Michael Hurst added 10 points. The Warriors host Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Friday.
The varsity boys opened the conference season with a resounding 79-27 victory at Carolina Friends in Durham Friday night. The Warriors went on an 18-0 run early in the first quarter to effectively put the game away. It was 47-16 at halftime and SDS built the lead in the second half. “It was a good team win,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 5-1. Everyone got extended minutes and it was a good way to improve.” Kris Monroe and Keonte Bradley led the scoring with 22 points each. Monroe added a team-high nine rebounds. Jack Dunn swiped six steals and passed out six assists. St. David’s continues conference play at home Tuesday against Trinity of Raleigh.
The varsity boys led wire to wire for a 64-51 victory over NRCA Tuesday night at home. St. David’s held a 45-20 halftime advantage and was up 58-32 after three quarters. “We started fast with the first group and didn’t let up,” said coach Will Coley. “Our defensive rotations were much better and we improved on our press. It was good to work on executing in different situations.” Senior Darion Green led three Warriors in double figures with 18 points. Kris Monroe added 15 and had seven steals. Junior Keonte Bradley had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Warriors are 4-1 and open EPIC play Friday in Durham against Carolina Friends.
The Warriors varsity boys suffered their first loss, 69-65, to Ravenscroft Friday night in front of a standing room only crowd in the St. David’s gym. St. David’s (3-1) led 35-32 at halftime, but trailed in the third quarter before regaining a five-point advantage early in the fourth. The Ravens (3-0) took the lead for good at 63-61 with three minutes left. “We had our chances down the stretch and during the entire game,” said coach Will Coley. “We had a couple of mental letdowns that led to points that really hurt us. This will help us the rest of the season as we play in more big games.” Kris Monroe led SDS with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Darion Green and Keonte Bradley had 18 each. The Ravens won the girls game 52-22 and the JV contest 49-34. Cal Madden led the JV Warriors with 10 points.
The varsity boys played their most complete game of the young season in a 70-45 victory over Westchester Country Day of Greensboro Saturday afternoon in the St. David’s gym. Seniors Kris Monroe and Darion Green combined with junior Keonte Bradley to make 22 of 30 shots to lead the offense. “We improved in all areas,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 3-0. “We executed our offense better, which created favorable matchups that we were able score out of. We played consistent defense and never let it become a close game. It was beautiful to watch and shows our potential.” Monroe led the scoring with 26 points and also snared 13 rebounds. Green scored 20 and Bradley added 15. St. David’s hosts Ravenscroft Tuesday.
The varsity boys used a strong second quarter to defeat Parrott Academy 70-54 Friday night at home. The Warriors outscored the Patriots 18-5 to break open a close game early. Senior Darion Green scored eight of his 12 points during the run. “The second quarter was decisive,” said coach Will Coley., whose Warriors are 2-0. “Our defense played better, which let us get out in transition. We reversed the ball better on offense also. I thought it was a great game for everyone.” Senior Kris Monroe scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out seven assists. Josh Rhoads added 11 points, while Tai Goode scored eight and had four steals. St. David’s plays Westchester Country Day School of Greensboro at 12:30 Saturday.
The St. David’s varsity boys basketball team opened the season with a 72-64 victory over Cape Fear Academy Friday in the St. David’s gym. The Warriors jumped off to a 13-5 lead after the first quarter, then stretched it to 36-25 at halftime. The Warriors were up by 20 early in the fourth quarter, before the Hurricanes cut it to eight in the final two minutes. Kris Monroe opened his senior season with a game-high 36points that included 19 from the free throw line. Monroe, who signed with Providence College earlier this week, also grabbed 15 rebounds. “When he’s focused, we can play with anybody,” said coach Will Coley. “We’ve had the entire group together for four practices after football ended. Under the circumstances, I thought we did a good job of fighting through their comeback. It’s going to be a fun season and we have a chance to do some special things.” Senior Darion Green added 11 points for the Warriors, while junior Tai Goode chipped in 10.