LOUISVILLE -- If the Monarch boys basketball team was regularly on ESPN, some hyper studio analyst undoubtedly would be breaking down before-and-after footage of Ben Beauchamp's 3-point mechanics.
Some tweaks to his mechanics have turned the Coyotes junior from decent to deadly this season, and it was never more evident than in Tuesday night's 57-41 home rout of Horizon.
Beauchamp drilled all four of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter, converted 6 of 9 overall and finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. He had outscored the Hawks by himself entering the fourth, as Monarch (18-4, 13-2) kept intact its chance for a straight-up league title matchup Thursday at Fairview.
"He actually has more games than not when he comes out like that," said Monarch forward Marcus Stewart, who got the start on senior night. "It's pretty incredible."
Beauchamp has a noticeably quicker release this season on his perimeter shots, making him appear as if he is open even when defenders are in close proximity.
"It's something I've definitely been working on over the last six months or so," said Beauchamp, who outscored Horizon 25-23 through three quarters. "I realized my shot was pretty slow, so I had to adjust over the summer and the offseason, and it's finally paying off."
This was even more of a whitewash than it looked, as Monarch led by 27 entering the fourth before calling off the dogs. It was a stark contrast to the teams' meeting last month, when Horizon (10-12, 6-9) played the Coyotes to within 63-56.
But that was before the quick-triggered Beauchamp and the Coyotes were on this much of a roll.
"His release is just through his own work, but we have worked on him getting a little more elevation," Monarch coach Ken Niven said. "He shot more of a set shot when he walked in here, and we changed that and put a little more jump into his shot.
"He struggled with it really bad last year until the end, and now it's starting to pay dividends."
Beauchamp was the only player on either side to score in double-figures, and he also handed out six assists -- many on backdoor cuts. One of those was to Stewart, who started for the first portion of the season but has been a reserve since Kyle Billingsley returned from injury and Jay MacIntyre arrived from California.
"It was nice, since I hadn't started since the beginning of the season," Stewart said. "But I'm not complaining that I don't start."
The Coyotes' other senior, regular starter Alex Krason, registered nine points.
Horizon had no players in double figures, as the Coyotes limited Dillon Harshman, who scored 16 in the initial meeting, to five.
"We came out focused and played very well," Niven said. "I'm excited about going down (to Fairview) and playing them. We'll give it our best shot."
Monarch fans can only hope Beauchamp didn't use up all of his best shots Tuesday.
"I was feeling it tonight, especially in the first half," Beauchamp said. "We have great zone offense, so if team's play a zone, we're bound to get open looks."
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Monarch 57, Horizon 41
At Monarch HS
HORIZON (10-12, 6-9)
Ja. Ralphs 3 0-0 6, Sumey 1 1-2 3, Harshman 2 1-2 5, David 0 0-0 0, Reffel 1 1-2 3, Skinner 1 1-2 3, Jo. Ralphs 0 0-0 0, Gravage 4 1-2 9, Erdmann 2 0-0 5. Totals 16 8-14 41.
MONARCH (18-4, 13-2)
Stewart 1 0-0 2, Krason 4 0-2 9, Lawson 0 0-0 0, Beauchamp 9 1-1 25, MacIntyre 3 3-4 9, Billingsley 3 0-0 6, Weaver 1 0-0 2, Fredricksmeyer 0 1-2 1, Kirkman 1 0-0 3, Wristen 0 0-0 0, Webb 0 0-0 0, Mommaerts 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 5-9 57.
Score by quarters:
Horizon 5 8 10 18 -- 41
Monarch 20 17 13 7 -- 57
3-point field goals -- Horizon (1): Erdmann; Monarch (8): Beauchamp 6, Krason, Kirkman. Total fouls -- Horizon 11, Monarch 11. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.