"I think we have continued to improve every game this season," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "We struggled early to deal with Hollister's physicality, but I thought we adjusted and played good defense in the second half."
Monett was led by 28 points from senior Kyle Woods, who showed poise all night long.
The purple and gold opened the second half with six straight points to take a 28-27 lead and entered the fourth period with the score knotted 33-33.
A pair of free throws by Monett Sean Rosebaugh with 1:47 remaining in the game tied the score for the final time at 44-44.
The Tigers responded with a bucket by Andy Wegner and a free throw by Trey McDowell to capture a 3-point edge with 1:31 left in the game.
Two points from the charity stripe from Woods with a minute remaining pulled the Cubs within a point. Kyle David answered for Hollister with a pair of charity tosses with seven ticks on the clock.
Monett would have one last gasp as Woods was fouled attempting the game tying 3-pointer as time expired. However his first offering at the charity stripe was short and ended the contest.
"The difference in tonight's game was execution," said Goetz. "They made a couple of plays and we didn't. We are still young and learning to deal with these pressure situations."
Scoring for Hollister: David, 19 points; Wegner, 12, Trey McDowell, 7; Ethan Davidson, 6; and Blake Woods, 5.
Scoring for Monett: Woods, 28; points, Caleb Blue, Aaron Patton and Zach Hammond, 4 each; and Quincy Jackson, Chad Swanson and Rosebaugh, 2 points apiece.
Monett travels to Reeds Spring on Dec. 18. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.