By Melissa Meador
SMITHVILLE – Aberdeen has gotten accustomed to seeing the Monroe County tournament championship trophy in its gym.
After losing their first tournament championship in the last nine years in 2013, Aberdeen (12-6), the Journal’s No. 5 team, took the trophy again with its third double-digit win of the weekend, a 68-39 win over Smithville in the boys’ finals on Saturday night.
“We were definitely hoping to get redemption for not winning last year,” first-year Aberdeen coach Cornelius Gilleylen said. “With this being my first year, it’s a great start. We were glad to come out, have fun and get the Monroe County trophy back in Aberdeen.”
The Bulldogs opened the game with 11 straight points before a Smithville field goal and led by 15 at the end of the first quarter after one of three 3-pointers from Derrell Carouthers.
Carouthers scored 20 in the win, while Dayon Moore notched 15 points for Smithville in the loss. The Seminoles made an 8-0 run in a fourth quarter that saw them scord 17 of their 39 points.
Tylan McMillian, who made six of the Bulldogs’ 17 three-pointers on Thursday night, led three on the all-tournament team, along with Marcus Carouthers and Nick Sims.
“Making 17 3s, that could be a first in school history or even in the Monroe County tournament,” Gilleylen said.
The Bulldogs enter one of their toughest weeks on the schedule – hosting No. 3 Baldwyn on Friday night and facing No. 1 West Point for the third time this season in the nightcap of Saturday’s Aberdeen Shootout. West Point won the first two meetings.
“If we play well, being at home should give us a little advantage,” Gilleylen said. “But that’s not taking any credit away from either team because we’ll have to play two magnificent games to win.”
(G) Hatley 66, Aberdeen 34: Hatley grabbed its third Monroe County tournament girls’ championship in the last four years.
Briana Dobbs’ layup midway through the second quarter gave the Lady Tigers’ its first of several double digit leads. Dobbs scored 16 points, with Abby Cantrell adding 14 more for Hatley. Mahailya Dearing notched 17 of Aberdeen’s 34 points.