Knowing Their Role: Monticello GBB undefeated thanks to role players

MONTICELLO (WCIA) -- The Monticello girls basketball team is coming off their second Holiday Hoopla title in a row, and currently sit at a perfect 12-0 on the season. But if you're looking for one star player, you won't find one.

David Beery doesn't mind using cliches.

"I know there's good players. We have good players on our team, and I'm not saying they don't deserve recognition, but there's not one thing that happens on the floor because of one player," Beery explained.

It's becoming the key to the Monticello Girls Basketball team's success.The head coach calls it "de-emphazing individual achievements."

"We don't have one player that's dribbling down the floor, passing to themselves, and shooting every basket," he continued. "When you look up on the scoreboard, those are Sages' points. Those aren't just one player's points."

Not that there aren't players helping to keep Monticello's undefeated season alive. Seniors Zanna Myers and Tatum McCall lead the Sages in scoring. While fellow senior Emily Wilson is who Beery credits as their best defensive player. 

"Me scoring  a lot of points doesn't really mean a lot to me," Myers said. "Obviously it's going to help our team go really far and beat other teams, but that's not the main point."

"I just go out there and I just know I need to shut down her and that will usually help shutdown the rest of the team," Wilson added.

The Sages have a pattern of shutting down opponents. Of their 12 wins this season, all but one have been decided by double-digits.

"It's a little stressful. We know that teams want to come out and play their good game against us. So, we know we have to bring our good game every single time," Wilson continued.

And to accomplish their goals this season, they will have to. The Sages have been knocked out in the Sweet Sixteen in back-to-back seasons. 

"There's a state series at the end of this road and that should be every team's dream I think," Beery said.

"It's just kind of putting those little things that each person can do into the whole team and then going out and performing our best," Myers added.

If the best is yet to come, that could mean a lot of good for the Sages this season.


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