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Early Season Test for Lady Cougars

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Munford sophomore Precious Mills battles two Central Lady Warriors for a loose ball last week.

In recent years the Central Lady Warriors of Memphis have been one of the best basketball teams in the state of Tennessee.

With a pedigree of State Tournament appearances, titles and a star player like Nina Davis, Munford Lady Cougars Head Coach Steve Poindexter was looking forward to the challenge Nov. 13 for his defending District 13-3A championship team.

And on paper it appeared the Lady Cougars were ready for the task of taking on Central forcing 14 turnovers and holding the Lady Warriors to 46 points. But Munford picked the worst night to have a bad shooting performance leading to a 46-34 loss.

“I was disappointed we shot the ball as bad as we shot it,” Poindexter acknowledged. “If someone were to tell me before the game we were going to go 2 of 21 from three, I wouldn’t believe that.

“It wasn’t a thing where we weren’t attacking and just were settling for threes,” he continued.  “We were getting threes off of penetration and kick outs. I felt like we got the shots we want. I think early in the game we had some drives to that basket we didn’t finish. I think that hurt us a little bit. The game would have been a little closer a lot earlier.”

Munford trailed 23-12 at the halfime. The Lady Cougars got baskets from Rodneisha “Bird” Lee and Lauren Zvolanek that made the score 13-8 in favor of Central. But the Lady Warriors outscored Munford 10-4 down the stretch in the second quarter to build an 11-point lead.

It seemed all night the Lady Cougars’ layup would roll around in the cylinder and bounce out. Three-point shots by Kierra Richardson, Shalyiah Wiggins, Alex Turner and Precious Mills had the same results near the rim.

“But you go 2 of 21 from three, like I told our kids this game isn’t going to be won by either team from behind the three-point line,” Poindexter said. “It’s going to be won in the paint. I felt like they just dominated in the paint.

Davis and her teammate Darriel Johnson combined for 27 points with most coming in the lane. The duo had an answer for every Munford rally in the second half.

After a Mills three-pointer made the score 29-19, the Lady Warriors attacked the post and scored back-to-back buckets to a make the score 33-19 entering the fourth.

Central managed to maintain the double-digit advantage until the final buzzer. Lee and her counterpart Davis tied for game-high scorer with 16 points each. Zvolanek contributed with 8 points.

Despite losing the first game of the season, Poindexter noted his team never backed down and kept their level of play high against a quality team. He did acknowledged help defense must improve and shots will start falling.

“Not a lot of things were good and we only lose by 12,” he concluded. “We held them to 46 points. If we hold teams into the 40s this year, I’ll feel pretty good about that. If we shoot a decent percentage from the field?”

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