“It was a great win,” Childersburg interim head coach Johnny Johnson said. “We have played them three times already. I told the girls before the game when you play a team three times it is tough when you play them the fourth time. It was a big win and we accomplished one of our goals. Now we are on to our next goal.”
Just like the last few times against Munford, the Lady Tigers got off to a slow start.
After trading turnovers, Childersburg finally got on the board at the 5:39 mark on a pair of free throws by 34. Kierra Groce tied the game up with free throws.
Kalen Starks gave Childersburg a 4-2 lead on a putback.
Mac Kelley banked in a 3-pointer as time expired to give Childersburg a 7-4 lead going into the second quarter.
Tariah Reynolds opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer to give Childersburg a 10-3 lead. Kelley did her best Lebron James impersonation as she tracked down Jessica Butterworth on a fast break and made her miss the layup.
Kelley then gave the Lady Tigers a 14-7 lead as she took one of her steals in for a layup. Butterworth tried to keep Munford within striking distance as she drained a triple to make it 14-10 with 1:27 left in the half.
“I am really proud of our girls for not giving up,” Munford head coach Anne Hopkins said. “When they got tired they kept giving their best effort. Our young girls go hard and our seniors lead. I am proud of the success we had this year.”
Canesha Calhoun hit a 3-pointer to take a 17-10 lead into halftime.
Childersburg picked up their intensity in the third quarter. Kelley sparked a 7-0 run to start the quarter. The junior started the quarter with a floater to give Childersburg a 19-10 advantage.
Calhoun’s 3-pointer on Childersburg next trip down the court increased their lead to 22-10 with 6:54. Starks pulled down 10 boards for the Lady Tigers on Monday including an offense rebound that took back up for a layup to make it 24-10 with 6:19 left in the quarter.
Butterworth connected on a triple to cut the Childersburg lead down to 24-13.
Kelley connected on a 3-pointer to give Childersburg a 27-14 lead.
Roderieka Barclay closed out the fourth quarter with a floater to give the fourth ranked Lady Tigers a 32-14 going to the fourth quarter.
“Once again just trying to get them motivated,” Johnson said. “They came out in the third quarter really motivated. The first two quarters I don’t know what it is but they do not come out with any motivation.”
Kelley scored nine of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to seal the area title for Childersburg. Kelley opened the quarter by scoring five straight points for Childersburg to make it 37-21. Kelley layup off a Munford turnover gave the Lady Tigers a 47-22 lead with 1:51 left in the game.
The Lady Tigers will host fifth ranked Jacksonville on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Lady Eagles of Jacksonville lost to Anniston 74-72 on Monday in the Class 4A Area 10 tournament.
“We have a tough opponent coming in,” Johnson said. “We are ranked fourth and they are ranked fifth, so it is going to be tough. We are at home and we hope that we have the advantage again.”
Munford travels to take on Anniston on Thursday at 7 p.m.