“It feels good to be area champs again and we are 16-9,”Johnson said. “We played some really good 5A schools and it feels good to be back in the Sub-Region and playing at home again. Right now, everybody is down because we can’t get any practice going on. I’ve been communicating with the girls about being ready to play, because it is nothing we can do.”
Dadeville enters this season’s match up coming off a 49-47 loss to Handley in the Class 4A Area 5 tournament. The Lady Tigers are led by Janeisha Moss, who runs the show at the point guard position. Moss is a facilitator, rather than a scorer. She will try to find Laquashous Stowes who can light it up from behind the arc. Juslyn Jones will pose a threat in the post as she will have a height advantage as she stands 6-feet tall. Johnson is confident if his team defends well against Dadeville’s offensive weapons, they will be victorious.
“Dadeville defeated us last year by one,” Johnson said. “They went to the free throw line as the seconds winded down and made two free throws when we had it tied. This year, we have them at our place. They have a good point guard in No. 12, No.24 is 6-foot and she didn’t play much last year, but she is back. It is going to be a well-coached team. It is going to be a good game. I think if we do the things that we need to do defensive wise and play good defense, I think we can come out with a win.”
Childersburg has really played well in the second half of the season. The Lady Tigers defeated Elmore County, 48-42 in the Class 4A Area 9 tournament for their fourth straight area championship. Last season, Childersburg depended on one player to carry much of the load, but this season success has been a team effort.
“The last two or three weeks our girls have stepped up their game,” Johnson said.
“In the area championship game, Caneasha Calhoun stepped up with 18 points and had four 3-pointers. The night before Shaquita Calhoun hit four 3-pointers. In back-to-back nights, Cierra (Swain) played good on the inside. Tariah Reynolds is doing well at point guard and I have two girls coming off the bench. Tia Wells had a good game against Dallas County; she can shoot the three. Quintessa Calhoun. If we do the little things and do what we do best, everything will work out right. Everybody is playing good for me right now, we don’t have one person; we have all our girls playing good.”
Johnson hopes that the community and basketball fans from around the area will come out and support the Lady Tigers tonight as they trip to make their second consecutive trip to the Class 4A South Regional Tournament in Montgomery. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.