"We were too inconsistent tonight," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "We have to approach every game with the same intensity level, and we haven't."
The game started out back and fourth with the Indians racing out to a quick 8-3 lead. Monett rallied with 7 points from Kyle Woods to knot the score at 10-10 with just seconds remaining in the first period.
Missed shots in the second quarter started the Cubs down a slippery slope. On three occasions the purple and gold failed to convert on point-blank shots and trailed 30-20 at halftime.
Despite 6 points from Woods in the third period Monett couldn't inch closer.
The Cubs struggled to keep the Indians off the offensive glass and were outscored 20-10.
Monett opened the final period with a 5-0 spurt, but were outscored 11-2 the remainder of the frame.
Scoring for Strafford: Kyle Foley, 16 points; Blake Alexander, 11; Jacob Wade, 8; Dallas Hester; Brady Collier and Grant Boswell, 5 each; Dalton Taylor, 4 and Dylan Edwards, 4 apiece; and Zachary Stow, 2.
Scoring for Monett: Woods, 20 points; Zack Hammond, 5; Jake Schmidley, 4; Caleb Blue, 3; Aaron Patton and Chad Swanson, 2 apiece; and Sean Rosebaugh, 1.
Monett will be at home on Feb. 8. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.