Winterboro will take on third seed Sylacauga on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Sylacauga High School.
“It is an accomplishment for my team,”Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “We are the only team (in school history) that went to the county finals last year. Being able to do it back to back is a real accomplishment for the kids. We came out against TC and played pretty good. Tonight we kind of lost focus, so hopefully we can regroup against an extremely good, well coached Sylacauga team on Saturday. Next to our schedule, their schedule is just as tough as ours, so it is definitely a respect level there with the coaches and players.”
The Lady Bulldogs started off slow in the first quarter, but finally got into a rhythm in the midway through the quarter.
Anslea Twymon hit a 3-pointer to give Winterboro a 4-3 lead with 4:06 left in the quarter. Twymon then got a steal which she took in for a layup to make it 6-3. Jasmine Richardson scored a layup in transition to make it 8-3. Richardson then drove baseline and pulled up for a jumper to make it 10-3. Twymon scored back to back layups to increase Winterboro’s lead 14-3 going to the second quarter.
“We started out slow,” Smith said. “ I think we had one point in three minutes. For where we are trying to go the Final Four and the state championship you can’t score one point in three or four minutes. Our girls know that we didn’t play the type of game that we should have in an intensity stand point. We had too many missed assignments, we did transition well. Games like this is not going to get us where we need to be. Hopefully, we can respond in a competitive manner Saturday.
Richardson took over for Winterboro in the second quarter. Richardson opened the quarter with a layup off a turnover to increase their lead to 16-3.
Keria Seals ended B.B.Comer’s scoreless drought with a jumper to cut the Winterboro lead to 19-5.
Morgan Merritt drained back –to-back 3 –pointers to increase their lead to 22-5.
Twymon hit a jumper to make it 26-5. Richardson scored the last eight points in the half including a pair of free throws to give the Lady Bulldogs a 35-5 lead going into halftime.
Winterboro continued to have their way in the second half. Twymon scored six of her game high 19 points in the third quarter. Her layup gave Winterboro a 46-8 advantage.
Richardson also scored in double digits with 17 points (all in the first half) for the eighth ranked Lady Bulldogs.
“We need to get three kids in double figure mark, because we have another player capable of atleast getting close to double figures,” Smith said. “Two kids in it is good, if we can balance the scoring out in other ways that is just as good as well. We are just going to try to continue to move forward. We have roughly four games left and an extremely tough one on Saturday. We want our kids to play competitive, stick together and play hard.”
B.B.Comer head coach Anthony Jacks wasn’t pleased with the way his team played on Thursday.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Jacks said. “We knew coming in that Winterboro was a good team. I knew they were, I know most of those girls from teaching there before. I have been watching Coach Smith and they are a great team. We struggled a little bit and we expected that. When you play a good team it is going to be more difficult. I think we got discouraged when our shots weren’t really falling. We went to desperation to quick instead of sticking to our game plan we panicked. When you play a good team like Winterboro and they do all the little things right that good coaching. They do the little things, they box out , they make shots they are supposed to make. They are a good team and deserve to be in the championship game.”