Lady Bulldogs cruise past ASD, 71-36
by ERICH HILKERT
ALPINE—Alabama School for the Deaf brought a lot of energy into their game against the Lady Bulldogs and the game was relatively close for the first half, but the Lady Silent Warriors were unable to sustain that energy and Winterboro pulled away early in the third quarter before going on to win 71-36.

ASD jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, capped by a three-point play converted by Tuesdae Dunklin. The team used their transition game to keep the lead going until Winterboro’s full court press defense began to give them troubles. Down 7-5, Winterboro used an 11-0 run to regain the lead and end the first quarter with a 16-7 advantage.

In the second quarter, ASD was hurt by early foul trouble. Tuesdae Dunklin, Te’chana Dunklin, and Heather Bodine had each piled up multiple fouls to force ASD head coach Walter Ripley to use them in short spurts.

After Winterboro built a 26-11 lead ASD showed show fight by going on a 6-0 run. Tuesdae Dunklin continued to score, driving to the hoop possession after possession. She had six points in the second quarter. Te’chana Dunklin used a nifty crossover move to score a basket and cut the lead to single digits, 26-17.

Winterboro used rebounding to their advantage, converting eight points on second-chance opportunities. Winterboro finished the half on an 8-2 run and held a 34-19 advantage.

Tuesdae Dunklin scored five points early in the third, but again foul trouble forced her to sit for a few minutes and Winterboro took advantage. They used an 11-2 run to effectively take ASD out of the contest as the deficit went from 41-24 to 52-26. Tiffany Vincent had a strong third quarter by collecting 13 points. By the end of the third quarter, Winterboro led 62-30.

“We probably just had a few more athletes out there, more than ASD did and that kind of helped us on,” Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “But ASD, they came out tough. Tuesdae Dunklin, she took it to the basket and she scored at will. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her since the eighth grade. I know she can score. Their team came prepared, so hats off to their team and their coach. We came out real sluggish. Sometimes you can win on the scoreboard and actually lose the game and that’s how I feel tonight.”

ASD’s Tuesdae Dunklin led all scorers with 20 points. Te’chana Dunklin finished the game with 10 points.

For Winterboro, Tiffany Vincent led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Jasmine Richardson had 12 points. Ebony Barclay also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

The loss marked the end of the season for the Lady Silent Warriors.

The win for Winterboro means they will host TC Central in the final on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Smith hopes to see more passion out of his team if they are to beat TC Central.

“I think my kids are kind of wanting me to get on top of them, but we are 26-3. We’ve won some games against some big schools. We’ve lost some games as well. I’ve been here five years. These kids should be playing for themselves right now. I shouldn’t really have to say too much because of our goals. Like I told the girls in the locker room, when people lose this time of year they go home. Right now, I’m not seeing the fire and desire to want to accomplish their goals. The things that you would like to happen on Saturday will not happen if you don’t find some fire and desire. You are the living legends for girls’ basketball here at Winterboro. A lot of the records that have been broken, the players are still here. A lot of the records that are going to be broken, the players are probably still going to be here too. You can’t settle for what you did last year because on a state scale you really haven’t earned anything. I think we’ve really, really settled for what we’ve accomplished. It’s up to me to motivate the girls to want more, so that’s my job as well.”
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