“It is really a great honor to be the first team in Winterboro girl basketball history to be in the County championship basketball game,” Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “We feel like we have nothing to lose, because we are using the County Tournament to emulate area tournament play, regional play and Final Four play. I have great respect for Coach Crawford and what they are doing with their program. He and Coach Duncan were the only two coaches that showed me mutual respect from day one. I think our community is going to come out and get behind the girls. It is good for our administration; it is good for Talladega County basketball and for both teams that are playing in this tournament.”
Smith wants his team to give it their all for all 32 minutes.
“I told these girls that it is very important that we compete for four quarters,” Smith said. “This game is going to give us a test on how good we may be.”
This season, Winterboro has played in several big games and stages this season. Smith believes the stage won’t be too big for his team. The fourth year head coach knows whether his team win or loses they have accomplished a lot so far.
“Our schedule has been tough,” Smith said. “We have played on a college floor four times this year. We have played 5A schools and 6A schools. Hopefully, we don’t get stage fright tomorrow. We really should be past that point with two regional appearances. So tomorrow we just have that fight like a real bulldog naturally has. We want to fight for four quarters and we want to show that we do have something to bring to the table as far as what our team have accomplished. We want to show you just don’t happen to win 20 plus games with the season not being over with, which is another school record. We also want to represent the plays that have put in work over the summer. We want to represent those players that have grown with me. We want to represent the plays that going to be here in the future. This is a successful group of girls, it is really amazing what they are doing. How we played in the first round of the tournament that showed a glimpse of what we can do. We really want to get out here and compete tomorrow and just have fun win, lose or draw.”