“We came out flat at first, then we picked them up with the press,“ Childersburg head coach Johnny Johnson said. “ I tried to play a little man-to-man to work on our defense. Cierra Swain played real good for me. Mac Kelly came in and played good for me. (Erial) Jones played good at the end down there. Reynolds shot the ball decent. I think as a whole group every one played really good that got in tonight.”
With the win the Lady Tigers advance to the semifinals to take on archrival Sylacauga on Thursday at 6 p.m.
“They said that they are ready for it,” Johnson said. “We will see Thursday night. I think that we are ready. We have them here, so hopefully we play good. If we can figure out the third quarter, we will be right there with them. If we come out play that third quarter, we should give them a good ball game.”
The Lady Tigers press was stifling to open the game. Mac Kelly opened the game with a layup off a steal. Kelly stole the ball again, but this time she found Canesha Calhoun for a layup to make it 4-0. Jade Brasher put the Lady Wolves on the board with a bank shot to make it 4-2. But that as close as Fayetteville would get.
Childersburg’s Cierra Swain sparked a 16-2 run in the quarter. The junior forward went to work on the low post as she scored seven points in the quarter. Swain scored six straight points, which included a layup to make it 10-2 with 3:50 left in the quarter.
Kelly was able to get in the open court and finish in the first quarter. The senior scored four points off uncontested layups in transition off Fayetteville turnovers to make it 15-4.
Tia Wells gave a Childersburg a 20-4 advantage with 1:08 left in the quarter. Fayetteville cut the lead to 20-7 going into the second quarter.
Childersburg outscored Fayetteville 15-2 in the second quarter. Tariah Reynolds opened the quarter with a layup off the assist of Calhoun to increase their lead to 22-7. Kelly found Calhoun and Swain on back-to-back possession for layup to make it 29-9.
The Lady Tigers took a 35-9 lead into intermission.
“I told them to win the area, sub-region to region, we have to play defense,” Johnson said. ”For us to create points when you are not shooting well from the floor you have to get layups. We can’t be afraid to press people. I told them we have to come out and press and do what we do best.”
Childersburg’s post players continued to dominate Fayetteville. Swain scored four of her game high 16 points in the third quarter. Her layup with 5:08 left in the third gave Childersburg a 43-15 lead. Deja Morris made her presence felt down low as well. The senior scored the last four points to end the quarter, which included a putback to give the Lady Tigers a 49-23 lead.
Fayetteville got things going offensively in the quarter. Dasia Crowe scored six points in the quarter for Fayetteville. Brasher and Ledra Leonard had three-point plays for the Lady Wolves to close out the quarter.
Kelly had 12 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists for Childersburg. Shacari Hutchins led Childersburg with eight rebounds, while Swain recorded seven.
The Lady Tigers take on Sylacauga in the semifinals of the 2013 Talladega County Basketball Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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