HOWELL’S COVE -- Talladega County Central High School’s girls basketball team cruised to a 64-8 victory over Alabama School for the Deaf in the opening round of the Class 1A, Area 7 tournament Monday night.
The Lady Silent Warriors held two early leads, 2-0 and 4-3, but TC Central went on a 17-0 run to end the opening quarter and didn’t look back.
“It’s a good win,” TC Central head coach Robert Duncan said. “You have have a little jitters the first round of the area tournament. I don’t care who the opponent is, especially with a young team, because you (never) know how they’re going to respond.
“We got (off to) a little sluggish start there, but we picked up the tempo and got in the flow of the game. We were able to overwhelm them a good bit with our defense.”
TC Central went into the locker room with a 40-7 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Fighting Tigers extended their margin to 58-8 going into the final quarter.
Eighth-grade center Amiya Sillmon paced TC Central with 14 points, while junior forward Davionna Stockdale chipped in eight.
The Lady Fighting Tigers will face rival Winterboro in the area championship game Wednesday night at 6. The Lady Bulldogs knocked off Victory Christian 49-14 to advance.
“We look forward to the challenge against Winterboro,” Duncan said. “Even though we’ve beaten them twice this season, we know it’s always going to be a great challenge, and Coach (Sheroderick) Smith is going to do a good job of coaching them up and making adjustments from the regular season. That’s what coaching is all about. It’s going to be a good championship basketball game, and it’ll go according to which team shows up on Wednesday night.”
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At Talladega in the 5A, Area 10 tournament, Tiona Roberson scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Lady Tigers.
Roberson was one of four Talladega players to score in double-digits.
Amaz Carmichael had a strong outing as she scored 25 points. Camille Buckhanon scored 22, while Essence Cunningham chipped in with 11.
The Lady Tigers didn’t waste any time putting the game out of reach. Talladega built a 44-11 lead in the first quarter and took a 64-27 advantage into intermission.
Talladega (25-2) will host Cleburne County in the area title game Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Lady Tigers won both regular-season meetings by 30 or more points.