Lady Bulldogs earn top seed in County Tournament
by LAVONTE YOUNG
TALLADEGA- The Winterboro Lady Bulldogs earned the top seed in the Talladega County Basketball Tournament, which will be held on Jan. 21-26 at Childersburg High School. This is the first time the Lady Bulldogs have earned the top seed in the Talladega County Basketball Tournament in their program’s history.

“It is another accomplishment for our school, our players, coaches and administration,” Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “Being the one seed does mean a lot in a certain sense, because we have some great teams in this county. With the type of schedule that we had, we have been fortunate enough to represent the county at the game time. The one seed is good on one hand, but also means people want to see if you earned it. Right now, we are going to take the blessing.”

The No. 8 ranked team in Class 1A, the Lady Bulldogs (15-1) will play the winner of the opening game on Monday between eighth seed Lincoln and ninth seed B.B. Comer on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Smith believes playing in the County Tournament could prepare them for teams they may see in the postseason.

“I think we have played a few tough teams in name,” Smith said. “I don’t know how quite ready we are to face some of the county schools, if we are fortunate to make it to certain rounds of the county tournament. I know at the beginning of the year at the Lincoln Tournament that was a real good eye opener for us to really see how we can withstand certain runs and teams with certain amount of intensity. Through the course of the season, the girls have been up and down a little bit. I’ve been challenging them to really be consistent, because at the end of the day one of our goals is not to be the No. 1 seed in the county tournament. Our goal is to go as far as we can go, but it is certain teams in this tournament that will help us get to where we would like to go. That is one thing that I value about the county tournament; it is playoff style. Every team in the county comes to see the teams in the tournament and it is an exciting atmosphere. We just value the whole experience. Beside playing in the best rivalry in this county (TC Central-Winterboro), this is the next best thing to the playoffs.”

The Sylacauga Lady Aggies (12-3) earned the second seed in the tournament. The second ranked Lady Aggies open the tournament against seventh seed Talladega on Monday at 6 p.m.

The defending Talladega County Basketball Tournament champions, the Childersburg Lady Tigers earned the third seed.

The Lady Tigers (13-4) will take on the sixth seed the Fayetteville Lady Wolves (5-4) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Lady Tigers are currently on a five game winning streak.

“We are playing real good defense right now,” first year head coach Johnny Johnson said. “ My guards have picked up their play and they are playing better. Canesha Calhoun and Tariah Reynolds have been playing real well. Mac Kelly is still playing good. We have finally learned how to play really good half court defense. Right now, we are playing really good.”

The fourth seed Talladega County Central Lady Fighting Tigers (12-8) takes on fifth seed the Munford Lady Lions (11-8) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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