The first half of Friday night’s game was ideal for Munford Lady Cougars Head Coach Steve Poindexter.
Against the district and Tipton rivals the Brighton Lady Cardinals, Munford jumped out to a 33-12 lead after two quarters.
After coming out from the Brighton Gymnasium locker room the Lady Cougars coasted to a 59-38 victory to improve to 2-0 in District 13-3A play.
“In the past three or four weeks, there has definitely been some improvement,” Poindexter noted of his team. “As good as we looked in the first half, I thought we looked as bad in the second half.
“I don’t think we played with a lot of intelligence on the offensive end,” he continued. “We didn’t make swings. We didn’t make them work defensively.”
Munford’s offense had more flow in the first half under the direction of Shania “Maine Girl” Johnson and Kyla Taylor. The point guards ran the the offensive sets leading to baskets for teammates like Johnna Jones, Dejanae Potter and Gabby Crawford.
Crawford displayed her all-around offensive game in the first quarter with 8 points. After a pair of foul shots, Crawford hit a jumper over three defenders. Then the sophomore standout drove to the rim for a bucket that made the score 12-2.
Intensity and desire were even between the Munford Cougars and Brighton Cardinals Friday night.
So what would make the difference in the District 13-3A showdown in the electric Brighton Gymnasium. Cardinal sophomore guard said the key to the eventual 50-40 victory for Brighton was a simple strategy.
“We had to knock down open shots,” he said. “They’re were not giving it us. But when we got them, we had to knock them down.”
Munford’s defense and speed helped it take a 14-9 lead in the first quarter. But the Cardinals settled down and worked the offense of Head Coach Stan Gatlin leading to open shots. Brighton used a 12-2 run to start the second quarter.
News from around the league, Dyer County beat Hardin County 70-57 tonight. Now the Cardinals stand alone the top of District 13-3A at 2-0.