LOUISVILLE -- The rims had been so unkind to the Monarch girls basketball team this season that, after one loss, coach Chris Lewis deadpanned that his team shot "6 for a million" from the field.
The basketball gods seem to be evening things out.
The Coyotes, exhibiting the marksmanship of an archery extraordinaire, registered their highest point total in more than two years Tuesday night in an 82-39 shellacking of Pomona in the Class 5A first round.
The host Coyotes (14-10), the No. 6 seed in the Alice Barron Region, drilled their first eight 3-point attempts -- including four by Jordan Eisler -- and went 18 for 22 at the foul line. They'll play at No. 3 Chaparral (17-5) on Friday night.
"We've definitely had our bumps in the road this year with some off nights," Lewis said. "But tonight, the last three games really, it's started to click for us."
The Coyotes hadn't scored more points in a game since Jan. 14, 2011, when they walloped Boulder 84-21. Eliza Normen and Alexus Johnson, both now graduated, had 22 points apiece in that one.
This one was all about the Vermont-bound Eisler, at least early. She was 6 for 6 overall in the first half, when she scored all 16 of her points. She played sparingly at the beginning of the second half (she missed one shot, a 2-point attempt) before letting the reserves carry out the rout.
"I usually hit my first couple of shots," Eisler said. "I was feeling it and they were just going in. I think we really did feed off each other, and it's a good thing to have when everybody is shooting well. Hopefully it can continue."
Brenna Stimac nailed two 3s and Ellie Dietz and Raegan Rohn one apiece in helping the Coyotes to the 8 for 8 start. Eleventh-seeded Pomona (9-15) never recovered from the barrage and trailed 45-17 at halftime.
Rachel Oester scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Panthers.
The contest also marked the third game back for projected starting front-court player Mae Williams, who tore knee ligaments over the summer and was questionable to return at all for the varsity season.
Williams, being eased into action off the bench, scored five points and chased down a game-best 10 rebounds.
"It's great to be back," Williams said. "I'm really out of shape still, but other than that, most of it comes back naturally when I'm on the court."
Williams had steadfastly been working to be ready before the season ended, and it has provided the Coyotes with an emotional spark. While the bench was vocal most the night as player after player contributed, the loudest cheers came when Williams made plays.
"We're still working her in slow, but to have Mae back adds another dynamic to the team," Lewis said. "She's going to be a big help to us on Friday."
Francesca Cendali added 11 points for Monarch and Stimac 10, as 11 players contributed to the scoring attack. The Coyotes converted so many 3s early that they didn't really need to keep shooting them.
They missed their final four attempts (finishing 8 for 12), but that did nothing to curtail what was an ideal first-round performance.
"It really was," Eisler said. "It's great to get everyone involved and get the bench some minutes."
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Monarch 82, Pomona 39
At Monarch HS
Seltenriech 1 0-0 2, Robles 3 0-1 6, Sale 2 0-0 6, Hauptmann 0 1-2 1, Oester 2 7-9 11, Medina 0 0-1 0, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Wilson 3 0-0 6, Zarlengo 2 0-0 5, Riley 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 8-13 39.
Dietz 3 1-1 8, Rohn 3 0-0 7, Anthony 2 2-3 6, Eisler 6 0-0 16, O'Flannigan 3 2-2 8, Stimac 2 4-4 10, Keatley 0 0-0 0, Cendali 4 3-4 11, Mendicino 1 3-4 5, Williams 1 3-4 5, Scott 2 0-0 4, Remington 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 18-22 82.
Score by quarters:
Pomona 13 4 9 13 -- 39
Monarch 25 20 21 16 -- 82
3-point field goals -- Pomona (3): Sale 2, Zarlengo; Monarch (8): Eisler 4, Stimac 2, Dietz, Rohn. Total fouls -- Pomona 18, Monarch 15. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.