By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Senior night seemed like it was going to be a piece of cake for the host Munford Cougars.
Trailing 28-9 at halftime, the visiting Hardin County Tigers left the Munford Gymnasium court under the echoes of ‘Single digits,’ by the Munford student section. But the Tigers refused to be tamed by the Cougars chipping away at the Munford advantage.
It took foul shooting from Cougar seniors like Jonathan Stark, Antonio Moore and Anton Smith to hold off the Tigers for a 55-52 victory.
Prior to tipoff the program and school honored the Munford Basketball seniors. Then the Cougars kept the positive momentum going jumping out to a 18-2 lead after one quarter. Ahead 10-2, Munford senior Kameron Foster drained a triple to make the score 13-2.
A few seconds later Foster was back at it again hitting a three-pointer making the advantage 14 points. By the time the first quarter buzzer sounded, Stark stole a pass and raced to the other end of the court for a layup making the score 18-2.
Stark scored the first four points of the second quarter building Munford’s lead to 22-2. The Cougars defense remained tough throughout the second period but their shooting got cold only outscoring Hardin County 10-7 in the period.
Despite that cool shooting display in the second quarter Munford seemed to be ahead comfortably at 28-9 going into the break.
Then the Tigers kept chipping away at the Munford lead outscoring the Cougars 16-8 in the third quarter.
With Hardin County trimming the deficit to 11 points at 36-25, the Tigers finally got the Munford advantage under double-digits late in the fourth quarter at 52-44.
A three-pointer from Foster and foul shots from Moore and Stark kept the Cougars ahead in double figures. But once Hardin County cut the deficit to 8 points, the Tigers outscored the Cougars 11-3 down the stretch.
The three points from Munford was good enough to hold for the District 13-3A victory. Next up for the Cougars will be hosting the 2013 District 13-3A Tournament starting this Friday.