“Well, before the game started I told them that we are going to be playing Winterboro, because I had the feeling that we were going to win,” Hicks said. “I got my point guard Valencia (Lawson) back, so I felt good and I felt like we were going to go out there and win. We played our hardest tonight. During the regular season they beat us both times. In both games we were up in the first half, but they came back to beat us in the second half. This time we played hard in the first half and the second half. ”
With the win Comer will take on Winterboro on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the 2014 Talladega County Basketball Tournament.
Hicks got things going for Comer in the first quarter. She knocked down a pair from behind the arc to give Comer 9-2 lead.
Her midrange jumper increased their lead to 11-2 with 50 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Lady Tigers took a 13-2 lead into the second quarter.
Valencia Lawson finally was able to get in a groove in her second game back from a knee injury. The senior hit back to back floater to give Comer a 16-4 advantage. Acacia Bradford sparked a 15-3 run to end the first half. Bradford started the run with a 3-pointer to increase their lead to 23-12. Hicks scored 10 points during the run including a pair of 3-pointers. Her 3 –pointer before in the final seconds of the half gave Comer a 35-15 lead.
In the second half, the Lady Tigers didn’t let down as they continued to pour it on. Lawson opened the third quarter with a 3 –pointer in transition to make it 38-15. Lawson scored a layup a few seconds later to make it 40-15. Comer lead increased their lead to 30 points on a layup by Tykea Wells which made it 48-18.
“We were trying to make a statement,” Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “We have gotten out to some big leads this year and let them slip away because we relaxed a little bit. At halftime I told them that we are going to come out like it is 0-0 and we are going to finish the game out. I feel like the third quarter was the turning point of the game. We came right out the gate and scored five points just like that and I think that set the tone. That gave us confidence. I think we played better on the defensive end than we have played in a while. We never got tired and we just kept playing on that end of the floor which helped us score on the offensive end. I am proud of the team; it was a total team effort tonight. We have different people chip in and tonight I think everyone in the book scored. I am just proud the way that we played tonight.”