Prep Boys Basketball

Monroe City depth overwhelms South Shelby

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 12:15 am

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Imagine Monroe City boys basketball coach Brock Edris as the robin, surrounded by a nest of babies straining their necks for the food he offers -- playing time.

Few Class 3 teams in the state are as deep as the Panthers, who used 11 players as part of their regular rotation to defensively overwhelm South Shelby 59-25 in the semifinals of the 94th annual Monroe City Tournament on Wednesday night.

C.E. Talton led the Panthers (3-1) with 17 points, but the rest of the starting lineup contributed just five baskets. Monroe City got 30 points from its bench, with 10 coming from junior Ethan Lehenbauer, the sixth reserve Edris used.

"You always have to hustle when you get in," Lehenbauer said. "You're only getting in for a few seconds, so you have to go your hardest, and you'll get a break after that."

Monroe City's defense took command from the beginning, forcing seven turnovers and two missed shots on South Shelby's first nine possessions. The hosts led 32-11 at halftime and limited the Cardinals (2-2) to just three baskets. South Shelby only took 13 shots and turned the ball over 16 times in the first half.

"Monroe City is so deep at the guard spot, and they're so athletic," Cardinals coach Ethan Shackleford said. "They just cause a lot of matchup problems.

"You can try to draw up sets, but (their pressure) is just relentless. They're just everywhere. You make a pass, and they double you so well. They anticipate. You get by one or two of them, and there's still someone else there. We couldn't get through that front-line pressure.

"You can't simulate that in practice. It's just a different animal. They have so much energy."

Monroe City has only one player taller than 6-foot-1, but it also dominated South Shelby on the boards by a 42-21 edge. The Panthers took nearly twice as many shots (57 to 30) as the Cardinals did. Only Talton took more than six shots, however.

"We have good chemistry, and no one is really selfish," Lehenbauer said. "When you get an open shot, you just take it."

Finding time for all of his players is a task Edris doesn't mind dealing with.

"If you're not in the game, you have to be engaged," he said. "We preach it in practice. You have to stay involved. We have guys willing to step up at any time.

"We're not worried about keeping everybody happy. Yo have to earn your time at practice. You have to be ready to go."

The Panthers forced 28 turnovers and held Parker Pfannenstiel, who scored 37 points in Monday's first-round victory over North Shelby, to five shots and six points.

Monroe City 59, South Shelby 25

SOUTH SHELBY (2-2)

Fenton 0-1 0-0 0, Wood 2-9 5-6 9, Timbrook 2-3 0-1 4, Mitchell 1-7 0-0 2, P. Pfannenstiel 3-5 0-4 6, R. Pfannenstiel 1-3 0-0 2, Mann 0-0 0-0 0, Burke 1-2 0-1 2, Wilkerson 0-0 0-0 0, Strachan 0-0 0-0 0, Allee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-30 5-12 25.

MONROE CITY (3-1)

C.E. Talton 7-12 0-0 17, Hays 3-6 1-4 8, Kendrick-O'Bryan 2-6 0-1 4, Stark 0-4 0-0 0, Osborn 0-3 0-0 0, Buhlig 1-7 2-2 5, McAfee 2-6 0-0 4, Battle 0-0 0-0 0, Joshua Talton 2-4 0-0 6, Lehenbauer 3-5 2-2 10, Josiah Talton 0-1 3-4 3, Underhill 0-0 0-0 0, St. Clair 1-1 0-2 2, Kendrick 0-0 0-0 0, Ritter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 8-15 59.

South Shelby 4 7 8 6--25

Monroe City 14 18 10 17--59

3-point field goals--Monroe City 9-22 (C.E. Talton 3-4, Joshua Talton 2-3, Lehenbauer 2-3, Hays 1-4, Buhlig 1-3, Stark 0-2, Osborn 0-2, Battle 0-1), South Shelby 0-8 (Mitchell 0-3, Fenton 0-1, Wood 0-1, P. Pfannenstiel 0-1, R. Pfannenstiel 0-1, Burks 0-1). Rebounds--Monroe City 37 (C.E. Talton 7), South Shelby 24 (P. Pfannenstiel 5). Turnovers--South Shelby 28, Monroe City 13. Fouls--Monroe City 19, South Shelby 15. Fouled out--none. Officials--Ralph Martin, Brian Hunsaker.

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