Monarchs lose to St. Louis Surge 105-89

by Max Carlin

From tip, the St. Louis Surge felt a jolt from the packed crowd at the 2019 Home Opener and 100th Game Celebration. Guard Nici Gilday opened the night’s scoring with a 3-pointer from the right corner, her first basket as a member of the Surge. The opening quarter was all Surge, as the home team charged to a 30-16 lead, powered by guard Rebecca Harris, who poured in 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in the first frame.

The Flint Monarchs punched back in the second quarter, outscoring the Surge 27-20 and shrinking their halftime deficit to just seven with a score of 50-43 Surge. The Surge lost much more than just half their lead in the second quarter, though, as Harris went down with a minor injury with about two minutes remaining in the first half. She remained in the locker room for the balance of the half, yet led the team with 16 points at the halfway mark.

Harris returned for the start of the second half, and with her the Surge’s fortunes briefly turned for the better. The Surge roared ahead to a 70-48 lead, but the Monarchs responded, getting stops and gashing St. Louis in transition. Flint cut the Surge lead to just 75-68 by the end of the third quarter. Despite the early Surge run, the two teams were even with 25 points each in the third frame.

In the pivotal fourth and final quarter, the Surge came out strong, quickly extending the lead to double digits and never looking back. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Surge had blown the game open, owning a 105-89 advantage.

Flint natives Sparkle Taylor (Flint Northwestern) scored 28 points and Brandie Baker (Flint Hamady) posted 23 points to lead the Monarchs.

The Monarchs (1-1) will host their first home game against the Music City Icons (0-1) on Saturday June 15, 2019 at 4pm.  All home games will be played at Dort Federal Event Center.