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Boys basketball: Monarch hits 11 treys in win over Fort Collins

LOUISVILLE — In the days of FaceTime, Skype and rampant texting, traditional phone companies have gone the way of the dial-up modem.

That didn’t stop Monarch from dialing long distance Friday night.

En route to their eighth straight win, the Coyotes splashed through 10 3-pointers in the first half in a 62-48 victory against 5A Front Range League foe Fort Collins.

“We were just feeling it,” said junior guard Kyle Billingsley, who nailed three treys in the first on the way to a team-high 17 points. “And we have a lot of good shooters on the team.”

The win kept the Coyotes (13-2, 8-0) perfect in league play, was their third win in four nights and should provide them at least a sniff of the top-10 rankings when the Denver Post coaches poll is released Monday.

With Fort Collins (8-7, 5-3) adjusting in the second half and Monarch playing a bit more deliberate with the lead, the Coyotes added only one 3 in the second half. That was by Ben Beauchamp, who made four overall and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Jay MacIntyre (13 points) and Alex Krason each made two from long distance.

“If you attack a zone intelligently in high school, without the length that colleges have, they’re going to give up 3s,” Monarch coach Ken Niven said. “Fortunately, we hit them tonight.”

Niven said he’s had better individual 3-point shooters than those in this group, but that it’s rare to have a collection of so many players capable of such marksmanship.

Monarch starts four guards and then a grinder-type forward in Erik Lawson, the only non-perimeter threat of the starters. Lawson scored 10 in this one, as Monarch got all of its points from its starting five.

“I love playing my part on the team and doing everything I can to help us win a game,” Lawson said. “It’s great when I get opportunities, but whatever it takes to help the team win is what I’m going to do.”

Fort Collins got 22 points from Ryan French but had a four-game winning streak snapped. After shooting zero free throws through three quarters, Monarch went 11-for-14 in the fourth, which was a refreshing change from recent weeks.

As for Billingsley, he is channeling his inner DJ Khaled. All he does is win, win, win.

He was a member of Monarch’s 4A champion football team, a squad that lost it’s only game in early September. He broke his collarbone in the opening round of the playoffs, had a plate inserted, got back to non-contact basketball practice in late December and joined the active roster after the holiday break.

That coincided with the more ballyhooed arrival of co-starting guard Jay MacIntyre, and the Coyotes haven’t lost since.

In games Billingsley has played spanning both sports, he’s won 19 straight.

“It’s definitely nice,” Billingsley said. “It’s almost like I forgot how to lose. Knock on wood.”

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Monarch 62, Fort Collins 48

At Monarch HS

FORT COLLINS (8-7, 5-3)

Thurgood 4 0-0 8, French 8 5-6 22, Duggan 3 2-3 8, Hunt 0 0-0 0, Van Ry 2 0-2 4, Von Nieda 3 0-0 6, Pond 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 7-11 48.

MONARCH (13-2, 8-0)

Billingsley 5 4-4 17, Krason 2 0-0 6, Beauchamp 5 2-2 16, Lawson 4 2-2 10, MacIntyre 4 3-4 13, Weaver 0 0-2 0, Fredricksmeyer 0 0-0 0, Kirkman 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 11-14 62.

Score by quarters:

Fort Collins 11 10 15 12 — 48

Monarch 22 12 9 19 — 62

3-point field goals — Fort Collins (1): French; Monarch (11): Beauchamp 4, Billingsley 3, Krason 2, MacIntyre 2. Total fouls — Fort Collins 18, Monarch 10. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.