Childersburg Lady Tigers earn two wins
by Erich Hilkert
Feb 02, 2014 | 849 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHILDERSBURG—Saturday proved to be a fruitful day for the Childersburg Lady Tigers with the team managing to pick up two wins and remaining unbeaten in area play.

The Lady Tigers started the day with a dominating 60-15 win against area opponents Holtville.

Tariah Reynolds led the team with 10 points, while Shaquita Calhoun and Cierra Swain each finished the game with nine points.

The Lady Tigers then took a nightcap against Talladega, 59-39.

“We played really well this morning and you look at tonight, we came out again and played well,” Childersburg head coach Johnny Johnson said. “In the first half, we pressed really well. I told them ‘We need to start peaking right now. It’s the right time around the playoffs.’ I was proud of the seniors: Cierra Swain, Tia Wells, Caneasha Calhoun. They’ve been in the program a long time and tonight they came out and played real well. We held Talladega to 13 points in the first half; that’s pretty good defense.”

The Childersburg Lady Tigers dominated Talladega in the first half, heading for halftime with a 43-13 lead.

Cierra Swain scored the final three baskets of the half for the Lady Tigers, two in the post and two free throw attempts.

Talladega struggled to put points on the board in the first half but managed to gain some momentum in the third quarter.

Down 48-15, Talladega finished the third quarter on a 10-2 run. Shemeshia Truss knocked down two free throw shots to start the run and Jada Reynolds hit a basket while driving inside the perimeter to cut the Childersburg lead to 50-25.

Talladega again outscored Childersburg in the fourth quarter, but by that point, Childersburg was mostly working to slow down the tempo.

Alexis McKinney hit one of two free throws for Talladega midway through the quarter to cut the Childersburg lead to 53-33 but that was as close as it would get for Talladega.

“Today with two games everything went really well,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, we can take that on to the area tournament and keep playing so we can get back to where we want to go: area championship and sub-regional, so we can get back to Alabama State. That’s our goal: get back to Alabama State.”

Childersburg will host their area tournament next week.

Play begins on Thursday, but game times are yet to be determined.