“The girls played really hard, we played great defense and we got ahead early which enabled everybody to play,” Munford head coach Anne Hopkins said. “I enjoy games where everybody gets to play, so the younger girls can improve.”
The Lady Lions took a 29-2 lead in the first quarter. Kierra Groce and Ra’Aunna Caldwell got off to a fast start for the Lady Lions. Groce scored seven straight points for Munford off of Clay Central turnovers. Her layup with 5:52 left gave Munford an 11-0 lead. Caldwell scored 10 points in the first quarter. She drained a pair of shots from behind the arc including one to give the Lady Lions an 18-0 lead.
Kedra Curtis scored six points in the first quarter, which included back-to-back layups at the end of the quarter to give Munford a 29-2 lead.
“I tell you Kierra Groce, Kedra Curtis and Ra’Aunna Caldwell never let up,” Hopkins said. “In situations like that when we are trying to call off the dogs, it is hard too because they are going to keep playing hard no matter what situation that we are in. That was definitely an advantage for us tonight.”
The Lady Volunteers finally got things going in the second quarter. Clay Central outscored Munford 12-7 in the period. Munford’s Victoria Mitchell hit a jumper to make it 31-7. Groce scored 12 points in the first half including a layup to make it 34-9. Curtis ended the first half with a layup to give the Lady Lions a 36-9 advantage. Clay Central ended the half on a 5-0 run to go into intermission trailing 36-14.
Deja Mitchell scored eight points to start the third quarter. She hit a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter including one to make it 46-19. Curtis scored five straight points to make it 58-22. Munford took a 61-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the clock ran because Munford led by more than 30 points. Groce scored four of her game-high 18 points in the fourth. Her layup increase their lead to 69-30.
In the earlier game, the Munford Lions defeated Central of Clay County, 53-47 in a thriller.
The Lions took a 15-9 lead in the first quarter and increased their lead to 29-18 going into halftime. Central of Clay County outscored Munford 19-6 in the third quarter to take 37-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Munford regained the momentum in the fourth as they outscored the Vols, 18-10 to take a 53-47 victory. This is the Lions second win a row and they are 5-6 overall.
Tavon Lawson and Monteo Garrett led Munford with 15 points apiece. CJ Chapman scored 12 points, which included two dunks in transition for the Lions.
Both teams will host area foe Anniston on Friday night. The girls game is schedule to tip at 6 p.m. and the boys game will follow.
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