Childersburg’s defense kept them in the game, but turnovers on offense proved to be costly.
“They were killers, the turnovers,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “We had a situation where we were down seven and we got the ball to mid-court, had Kel (Mitchell) open and missed the pass. We had some bad turnovers at mid-court against their pressure. Take that and the 3-pointers No. 5 (Moorer) made and that’s the difference in the game. I think he had eight.”
Jatorre Cook put the first points of the game on the board while driving inside the lane. David Cowlin came up with a steal and scored another basket inside to give Childersburg a 4-0 lead.
William Lee got a rebound and putback for Dallas County to cut the lead to 4-2.
Childersburg answered with a 3-pointer from Sy Butler and a pull-up jumper by Casey Smith, giving Childersburg a 9-2 lead.
Lee continued to score for Dallas County, closing out the first quarter with back-to-back baskets to trim the Childersburg lead to 9-6.
At the start of the second quarter, Dallas County tied the game 9-9 with a 3-pointer by Jerrod Moorer.
Childersburg responded with a 3-pointer by Trey Twymon to give the team a 12-9 lead.
Later in the quarter, Dallas County tied the game 14-14 with a 3-pointer by Keyonis Phillips.
After a Smith basket, Childersburg held an 18-15 lead.
But Dallas County used the sharp shooting of Moorer, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers, to gain their first lead of the game, 21-18. It was a lead they would never relinquish.
“Jerrod can shoot the lights out and he shot it tonight, but the coach in me wonders if he doesn’t make those shots tonight, do you still win the game? Those are the things I try to get my kids to understand,” Dallas County head coach Willie Moore said. “You’ve got to play for 32 minutes and we didn’t play for 32 minutes tonight, we didn’t play hard the whole game.”
Lee hit one of two free throws to push their lead to 22-18 at the half.
Jatorre Cook hit a jumper to close the gap to 22-20 to open the second half.
Dallas County proceeded to go on a 16-4 run. Moorer knocked down four 3-pointers during the run. Lee made a backdoor layup to cap the drive, giving Dallas County a 38-24 lead. The Hornets held a 41-28 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Childersburg started the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run to close the gap, 42-35. Butler made two free throws to start the run and also hit a 3-pointer during the run.
Dallas County responded with an 11-0 run to give them their biggest lead of the game, 53-35.
Childersburg used an intense full-court press to finish the game on an 18-5 run, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Laterrance McKinney knocked down two 3-pointers and long-range two point shot from the corner, but several turnovers gave Dallas County the ball during the critical closing minutes.
“In the first half, our goal was to make them earn everything they get by playing good half-court defense and we did that for the most part. We got in a situation where, once No. 5 made those shots, we had to start doing some pressure and we got some turnovers, so that helped. We didn’t convert every time on turnovers, which we’ve got to work on that. We’ve got to work on making shots around the basket. Of course, when you’ve got to 6-9 guys in there, that makes it a little difficult to make some of those shots.”
Moorer led Dallas County with 24 points off eight 3-pointers, while Lee finished with 14 points.
McKinney led Childersburg in scoring with 10 points, while Butler, Cowlin and Cook all finished with eight points.
Dallas County moved to 10-2 overall, while Childersburg dropped to 3-5.