By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Coming off the court Friday night, Brighton Head Coach Kent Cates was impressed.
“They’re good,” the leader of the Lady Cardinals said of his opponents. “This Munford team is better than the one two years ago that reached Sectionals.”
The Munford Lady Cougars made that impression on Cates defeating his Lady Cardinals 63-22 in the Brighton Gymnasium. Brighton tried to keep pace with the Lady Cougars in the first half only trailing 23-12 midway through the second quarter.
But the Munford 33-15 halftime lead grew into a 54-22 advantage entering the fourth quarter. Phenicia Howard got the Lady Cougars rolling in the third quarter with a three-point play to make the score 37-15. In a flash Munford was ahead 48-17 with an 11-2 run.
“What you saw was our kids focused and motivated for four quarters,” Munford Head Coach Steve Poindexter said. “Instead of just getting one or two quarters here or there, the effort was there for four quarter. They tried to run our game plan on both ends of the floor. They were just aggressive and played well together.”
The onslaught from the Lady Cougars ended with a Kierra Richardson jumper that made the Munford advantage 22 points.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Cougars held Brighton scoreless while adding 9 points. Senior center Lindsey Owen had 5 of those points to help Munford prevail 63-22.
Since the New Year and returning from Murfreesboro, the Lady Cougars have picked up win over Tipton County rivals Covington and now Brighton. In mid December the Lady Cougars had a showdown with Lawrence County winning 66-62. But over the holidays in Middle Tennessee, Munford was humbled by defeats to Lovett, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy and Bradley Central.
“The first game we played over Christmas break was the best team we played over the break,” Poindexter noted. “We played well and beat them. Then we played three games where we just didn’t show up.”
Poindexter said the team he had come out against Lawrence County would reach the mark the 2013 Lady Cougars reached.
“At some point of time, you have to decide is that what you’re going to be satisfied with,” he said. “We have six losses. We’ve played 20 games. That’s not six-loss talent out there on the floor. But we have six losses effort at time, effort and motivation.
“Tonight was a good sign,” Poindexter concluded. “We got an 18 point lead, go through the motions and still win. But they didn’t do that. They kept pushing and playing hard. I hope that is a sign of things that will continue.”