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Lady Cougars reclaim first in district, Dyer County pulls away from Cougars

Shania Johnson had 21 points tonight for Munford.

Shania Johnson had 21 points tonight for Munford.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Munford 71, Dyer County 54

The Munford Lady Cougars made it clear Friday night they wanted first place in District 13-3A.

Steve Poindexter’s group led 53-24 after three quarters of action in the Munford Gymnasium over the Dyer County Lady Choctaws.

Those points and the lessons from the defeat to Dyer County came in handy in the fourth quarter when junior standout Gabby Crawford fouled out. Prior to Crawford’s departure, senior forward DeAsha Banks headed to the bench disqualified by fouls.

Dyer County outscored Munford 30-18 in the final period, but the Lady Cougars were victorious 71-54 jumping back into first place in the league.

“We learned a lot from the first game,” Poindexter noted. “In the first game defensively, you can ask them, we let them do whatever they wanted to do. We were not in a stance, no help side.

“The first three quarters on both ends of the floor, really good,” he added. “I really can’t complain about much in the first three quarters. They had energy on defense. They talked. They worked hard on defense.”

Shania Johnson finished with 21 points. Banks had 11 points and Crawford tallied 12 points. Johnna Jones added 16 points for the Lady Cougars

Kyree Cunningham jumperBOYS BASKETBALL: Dyer County 61, Munford 50

Pride and position in the upcoming District 13-3A Basketball Tournament were on the line Friday night in Munford.

The Dyer County Choctaws made the trip to Tipton County to take on Ryan Ross’ Cougars in the Munford Gymnasium, the site of the 2017 Tournament.

The Choctaws were able to grab an early lead and fight off several Munford rallies to prevail 61-50.

Dyer County was ahead 13-10 after the first quarter. And the Choctaws’ advantage germinated to 27-18 by halftime.

The Cougars trailed 33-22 early in the third quarter. Then Munford got a boost from Kyree Cunningham with a pair of three-pointers to make the score 33-28.

Dyer County big man Rico Quinton stepped out to the top of the key to drain a three-pointer making the score 36-28. Moments later Quinton put his 7-foot frame to good use in the paint with a put-back slam helping the Choctaws go ahead 38-28.

With Dyer County ahead 41-32 late in the third quarter, Kylan Cunningham hit a pair of foul shots. Then Kyree closed out the period with another three-pointer to make the score 43-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter Munford got buckets from Kelan Ivy, Zach Yelvington and Montel Miller. But the Choctaws were able to outscore the Cougars 18-15 to win by 11 points.

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