NORTH HILLS — The Monroe High boys' basketball team fell victim to a poor shooting performance in the second quarter and could not recover as visiting Washington ran away with a 77-56 victory Friday night in a City Section 4-A Division first-round playoff game.
Monroe (14-6), seeded No. 8, attacked Washington, seeded No. 9, from the opening tipoff and found success--in the first 12 minutes. It was the last 20 minutes, however, that gave the Vikings fits.
Monroe led throughout the first quarter and into the second before two free throws by Washington's Daniel Moore gave the Generals their first lead, 17-16. But Monroe reclaimed the lead, 20-17, on two baskets by Marrean Robottom, who had nine rebounds in the first half.
But the Vikings missed their next 11 shots and allowed a 12-0 run by Washington to close out the first half. Monroe shot a paltry 17% (three for 18) in the second quarter.