Munford squeaks by Lincoln, 47-46
by ERICH HILKERT
Judging by the 17-13 score at halftime, Friday night’s game between Munford and Lincoln wasn’t going to be an offensive showdown. Munford turned up the scoring in the fourth quarter to help the team get a 47-46 win on senior night at home.

Senior Tweety Richardson was tied with teammate Tavon Lawson for a game-high 16 points and Richardson also had five steals, with the last one being critical.

Munford jumped out to a 12-4 lead, in part due to three of Richardson’s steals.

But Lincoln was able to cut the lead down to 17-13 by the half. Richardson had a big deflection on a fast break situation that should have been an easy two points for Lincoln, but Richardson knocked the ball away.

Lincoln took their first lead of the game in the third quarter on a Tredarian Gamble basket that made it 17-15 in favor of Lincoln.

By the end of the third quarter, the two teams were deadlocked at 23-23.

Both teams scored as much in the fourth quarter as they had in the three previous quarters combined.

Richardson scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Monteo Garrett also came up big by knocking down two 3-point shots in the fourth quarter.

“It’s a special situation for him, especially to beat Lincoln, our rival,” Munford head coach Isiah Gaddis said of Richardson’s senior night game. “Just to come out and hit some shots at the end of the game to win it, that was big and he made free throws down the stretch. It was a big win. I’m used to him doing that. I asked when he was going to come to life and he finally did. So, that was a big win for us.”

Gamble missed a dunk for Lincoln and Munford went on a 10-3 run immediately after.

Richardson scored an easy two points during a fast break situation. Then, he dished it out to Monteo Garrett for another easy two points.

Richardson stole the ball and was fouled while shooting a 3-point shot. He sank all three free throws. When Lincoln made a 3-point shot of their own, Richardson answered with a 3-pointer to give Munford a 42-33 lead.



When Lincoln cut the lead down to 42-37, Munford once again turned to Richardson who hit a clutch long-range pull-up jumper.

With 19.4 seconds left in the game, Munford held an uneasy 46-43 lead with Lincoln in possession of the ball.

Richardson came up with a key steal and was fouled with 16.7 seconds left in the game. He hit one of the two free throws in what ended up being the difference in the game. Lincoln got the ball with nine seconds remaining and they made a 3-point shot, but it was just as the game clock expired, making the final score 47-46.

“We were the last ones standing,” Gaddis said. “It was an ugly game. Sometimes there is a lot of emotion involved and that’s what happened again tonight. Emotions, emotions, emotions; guys can’t make shots. It was just crazy on both sides. I just told them just to bear with it and see if we could pull it out. Tweety came to life at the end of the game and we needed it all, him and Monteo both.”

Garrett finished with a total of nine points.

For Lincoln, Tredarian Gamble was the leading scorer with 11 points.

Now, both teams will turn their attentions to next week’s Talladega County Basketball Tournament. Lincoln faces Comer on Monday at 4:30 p.m., while Munford faces TC Central on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with all the games being played at Childersburg High School. Gaddis said the win was a good confidence boost prior to the tournament.

“That’s three in a row for us and that’s what I told them,” he said. “We were trying to go in [to next week’s County Tournament] on a winning note. That is our third game in a row. We’re 11-12 now. We’re trying to get to .500. So, the next game should put us there. That’s what we’re hoping for. We play TC again. We‘ve played them four times already, so we know them well. So, we’ll be looking forward to that on Wednesday.”

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