Childersburg Lady Tigers beat Holtville
by ERICH HILKERT
Tariah Reynolds and the Childersburg Lady Tigers picked up a win Tuesday night.
CHILDERSBURG—The Childersburg Lady Tigers stormed out to a 12-2 lead by the end of the first quarter, and it was the sort of momentum that carried them on to a 46—22 win over area foe Holtville.

Ciera Swain scored more than half of her total points in the game during the first quarter, finishing with seven in the quarter.

It took Holtville a while to make it on to the scoreboard, but Kara Wilson hit a long-range two point shot off the glass to cut an early deficit down to 8-2.

However, Childersburg outscored Holtville 10-3 in the early portion of the second quarter to make the score 22-5.

The biggest advantage Childersburg held was on the offensive glass and second-chance baskets. The Lady Tigers outscored Holtville 12-0 on direct putbacks of offensive rebounds.

“We’ve been working on the post game,” Childersburg head coach Johnny Johnson said. “I’ve got three good post players: Cierra Swain, Erial Jones and Deja Morris. So, it was a big part of it in the first half and the second half, getting the ball inside. We’re trying to work on it because if you want to shoot from the outside you want to go inside. It makes things happen.”

By halftime, Childersburg led 30-8. By the end of the third quarter, they had pushed that lead to 38-12. Holtville struggled to score with much consistency until the latter half of the fourth quarter. It was, at least in large part, due to their struggles with Childersburg’s strong defensive efforts.



“We’re still working on our press for the postseason,” Johnson said. “We’re improving every ball game on our press. We play some man to man and we got some quick turnovers to get the score up on them. So, we did pretty good at man to man and press.”

Canesha Calhoun started the fourth quarter off well for the Lady Tigers, scoring a 3-point shot and an easy transition basket while also drawing a foul.

Holtville began showing signs of life on offense, but it was midway through the fourth quarter and the scoreboard showed a deficit too difficult to overcome at 45-14. Wilson and Tiriana Elem both scored transition baskets for Holtville to leave the final score at 46-22.

Ciera Swain led all scorers with 13 points, while both Erial Jones and Canesha Calhoun finished with eight points.

For Holtville, Tiriana Elem led the team in scoring with seven points, while Kara Wilson contributed six points.

Johnson said several difficult games lie ahead for the Lady Tigers in the next week, an important time for the team to prepare for the Area Tournament.

“We got a tough one,” Johnson said. “We’ve got Ben Russell, then Friday we’ve got Vincent, Saturday we’ve got Talladega, so we’ve got three tough games coming up. But we’ve got three tough games that can help us out, get us ready for the Area Tournament. So, it’s going to be a big plus for us. It’ll give us a chance to work on some things for down the road.”

© 2013