WHITE HALL — If the Monticello girls basketball team needed to make improvements, it came to the surprise of the rest of the 5A-Southeast Conference.

WHITE HALL — If the Monticello girls basketball team needed to make improvements, it came to the surprise of the rest of the 5A-Southeast Conference.

Monticello remained perfect in the conference with a 59-42 win over White Hall.

“I think our defense was pretty good (Tuesday),” Monticello coach Lucy Williams said. “With the trapping, I was hearing them say what they needed to do.

“It’s like they are coming together and figuring out the things to do. That’s when you know that you’ve got something going on out there.”

For White Hall, it was the Lady Bulldogs second straight home conference loss. White Hall fell to 4-2 in the conference and 9-5 overall.

“Our kids play hard, we just turned the ball over and that led to easy baskets,” White Hall coach Mike Upshaw said. “If you take care of the basketball, you may have a chance on the other end.”

White Hall’s other loss was to Watson Chapel on Friday. Watson Chapel which is second in the conference with a 5-1 record.

The game was close for much of the first half. Monticello (17-2, 6-0 in 5A-Southeast) had a 15-11 lead with 4:43 left in the second quarter when it went on an 11-2 run. The Lady Billies went into halftime with a 30-17 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to pull back within nine points, but a 17-5 run gave control right back to Monticello.

“Again, defense,” Williams said. “Defense led to offense. They were awesome. I was just sitting there watching.”

Despite two straight losses, Upshaw said his team just needs to keep its head up.

“There is no shame in losing to Monticello and Watson Chapel,” Upshaw said. “You look at our two losses, they are to two pretty good teams.