The Lady Aggies will face the Lady Tigers again Tuesday in the County Tournament. Asked if he used this game as a tune-up, Sylacauga head coach Derrick Crawford responded, “We just want to come in every night and try to get a little bit better than we were yesterday. As far as the tune-up, every game is a tune-up because that’s the way we approach it. Tonight, we just wanted to come in and get a little bit better than we were last night. In certain areas, we did. In certain areas, we didn’t. We got such a commanding lead; I think our kids stopped working there in the fourth quarter. But overall I’m pleased.”
Childersburg managed to keep things close for most of the first quarter, but the Sylacauga Lady Aggies started to pull away at the end of the quarter and created further separation with their defense in the second quarter.
Shakayla Thomas knocked down a 3-pointer and a turnaround jumper just before the end of the quarter to give Sylacauga a 17-7 lead.
Thomas opened the second quarter with another 3-pointer to give Sylacauga a 20-7 lead.
Childersburg responded with a basket in the post by Cierra Swain to make it 20-9, but those would be the only points in the quarter for the Lady Tigers.
“In the first half, we worked our zone; things that we might need later on down the season,” Crawford said. “We wanted to work it. In the second half, we came back and worked some man-stuff and we had to go back to the zone because one thing about zone is it can make you lazy. I think our kids got a little lazy playing zone, but overall—great effort.”
Thomas finished the first half with a basket while driving near the baseline to give Sylacauga a 26-9 lead at halftime.
Childersburg started to show a little offense by finishing the third quarter on a 9-4 run, but they faced a sizeable double-digit deficit at that point in the game. Cierra Swain started the run by knocking down two free throws to cut Sylacauga’s lead to 36-12. Tariah Reynolds capped the run by hitting a jumper to make it 40-19 at the end of the quarter.
Thomas took over in the fourth quarter on offense, scoring 17 of her total 43 points. She opened the quarter with a layup off an assist from Tierra Dark. She followed that up with back-to-back jumpers despite strong pressure from the opposition. She closed out the game with an open look that counted for two points because her foot touched the 3-point line.
Kayla Dark chipped in six points for the Lady Aggies.
Swain led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 14 points, while Reynolds was also in double figures with 10 points.
The two teams will play again Tuesday at 6 p.m. at County Tournament host Sylacauga.