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Central earns hard-fought victory in Munford

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Munford senior Alex Turner dives to the floor leading to a jump-ball Saturday night against Memphis Central.

Munford senior Alex Turner dives to the floor leading to a jump-ball Saturday night against Memphis Central.

 

Lady Cougar senior Shaliyah Wiggins takes a three pointer against Central. Wiggins had 15 points on the night.

Lady Cougar senior Shaliyah Wiggins takes a three pointer against Central. Wiggins had 15 points on the night.

 

Munford senior Lauren Zvolanek grabs a rebound in front of Central defenders.

Munford senior Lauren Zvolanek grabs a rebound in front of Central defenders.

 

Munford senior Robneisha "Bird' Lee gives chase after the ball against Central's Nina Davis Saturday night. Both MVPs scored 15 points on the night.

Munford senior Robneisha “Bird’ Lee gives chase after the ball against Central’s Nina Davis Saturday night. Both MVPs scored 15 points on the night.

The Munford Lady Cougars’ first appearance in Sub-State started well with senior guard Shaliyah Wiggins scoring 5 points in the first quarter. Her teammate Kierra Webb made a three-point play giving the Lady Cougars a 8-4 advantage. But the visiting Central Lady Warriors regrouped and outscored Munford 51-37 the next three quarters to win 55-45 and advance to this week’s Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament in Murfreesboro. The best season in Lady Cougars history came to an end at 27-6.

Entering the second quarter down by four, the Lady Warriors used 12 points from the combination of Kahdeja Howell and Darriel Johnson to take a 22-21 lead at the break.

Then the well-known Central players Tia Wooten and Nina Davis paced the Lady Warriors in the second half. Munford’s Robneisha “Bird” Lee kept her team close scoring all of her 15 points in the second half.

But Wooten’s game-high of 20 points was too much to overcome. Davis added 15 points and Johnson had 14 for Central. Wiggins was the other Munford player to reach double figures with 15.

The Lady Cougar senior class of Lee, Wiggins, Alex Turner and Lauren Zvolanek reached three Regionals, won two District 13-3A championships and were the 2013 Region 7-3A champs.

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