By Thomas Sellers Jr.
For the first time in 2015, middle school rivals Munford and Brighton faced off on the hardwood.
The double header last Thursday went in the favor of both Brighton Cardinal teams with the girls beating the Munford Lady Cougars 47-25. In the second game, the Brighton Cardinals outlasted the Munford Cougars 31-18.
The night started in the Brighton Middle School Gymnasium with the Lady Cardinal duo of Albonie Dunn and Sylvia Jones helping Brighton achieve a 13-2 lead.
The Lady Cougars made a comeback in the second quarter outscoring Brighton 12-0 behind the point guard play of Maiya Reed.
Reed made the score 13-8 driving to the rim for a layup. Then Reed located teammate Mary Richardson inside for a bucket.
Munford cut the deficit to 13-12 when Demiyah Gatlin made a layup. Gatlin gave the Lady Cougars the lead with a jumper at 14-13.
The final minutes of the first half would belong to Lady Cardinal Felia Fayne. The forward tied the game at 14-14 with a free throw. Then Fayne was the target of Head Coach Russ Jones.
The guards found her twice in the paint for buckets to make the halftime score 18-14 in favor of Brighton.
The Lady Cardinals went back to the attack of Dunn and Jones to increase the lead to 34-20 after three quarters. In the final period, Brighton got contributions from Andi Coulston and Caresha Lewis to win by 22 points and improve to 7-0.
In boys’ action, the score was tied at 2-2 after one quarter. Then Brighton picked up the scoring in the second quarter with baskets from Morgan Moody, Nick Johnson and Keionte Newson to make the score 9-2.
The Cougars ended the Brighton 7-0 run when TJ Tyus hit a three-pointer. Brighton led 13-8 at the break. The Cardinal maintain the lead taking a 21-14 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Brighton iced the game behind the athletic play of Moody. The forward was all over the court on defense and made a couple of buckets late in the contest.
The rematch is scheduled for Dec. 17 at Munford Middle School.