“It is a big game for us, because it is against our rival Lincoln,” Munford senior Tweety Richardson said. ”It’s me, Jaylen and Howard’s last home game. Hopefully, we can pull out the win. Last time we beat them by a good little bit and we are going to try to put it on them again.”
Ninth year head coach Isiah Gaddis is proud of what his seniors have accomplished during their time at Munford. Gaddis hopes that his seniors can make another postseason run.
“Tweety (Richardson) and Big Baby (Howard Jackson) have been in my program since they were eighth graders,” Gaddis said. “It is a big thing having them with their last game because they played so many games for us. Even Jaylen coming in as a 11th grader it is always a special time for them, because it is their last home game that they will play until we go to the playoffs and bring one back here. It is always big for them and we are very proud of them. Hopefully, they can take us further, so we can keep playing for a little bit.”
Senior forward Jaylen Mitchell plans to give everything he has to make sure that they win on Friday.
“It is a win that we definitely need,” Mitchell said. “This is my last game playing at home for Munford. I want to make the best of it and do the best that I can. I am going to give it my all because it is my last home game. I’m going to lay it all out on the floor on Friday night.”
The Lions are 10-13 on the season to the displeasure of Gaddis. The Lions have lost several games in the fourth quarter.
“As far as wins and loses, I am disappointed,” Gaddis said. “We have lost a lot of close games, six of them as a matter of fact by three points or less. That can make your record a lot better. I always tell them at the end of the season not to worry about the record, because in basketball at the end of the regular season everyone is 0-0 anyway. It is how you are playing at the end of the season that really matters. That is what I am trying to do, make sure that they are playing well. Overall, as far the record concerns I am not happy, but I am happy with the progress that we have made.”
The Lions are second in the Class 4A Area 10 behind the Anniston Bulldogs. Munford split with Anniston this season. Munford defeated the Bulldogs, 62-54.
“Being No. 2 gives us a good feel,” Mitchell said. “We know that we have a good chance of going back to the Regionals and that is one of our goals as a team getting back to Jacksonville.”
The Lions have made it to Jacksonville the last two seasons. Last season, the Lions only won nine games, but they won the games that matter. The Lions were the runner up to Childersburg in the area and they defeated Jacksonville in the Sub-Regional to earn a berth into the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State. Richardson believes that last year’s run into the Regional tournament helped them this season.
“Last year, during that time we panicked during the season,” Richardson said. “Then, we got to the sub-regional and calmed down and played ball. All we have to do is calm down and play under composure. We have a lot of good shooters on the team; we have some rebounders and some post players. I myself as the point guard, I have to lead the team. I can’t make mistakes; if I make mistakes we will all make mistakes. I have to keep us calm and under composure.”