It took Lincoln two quarters plus nearly five minutes of the third to score, and host Anniston rolled to a 73-2 victory to advance to Monday’s 5:30 p.m. tourney final against Munford.
The Bulldogs (21-5), ranked fourth in 4A, let 27-0 after one quarter and 43-0 at halftime against Lincoln (1-18). Anniston scored the game’s first 55 points.
Lincoln was scoreless until Shania Embry hit the first of two free throws at 3:09 of the third quarter. She got to the free throw line after attempting a shot into the arms of Anniston’s Takia Shears, who caught the ball but was called for the foul.
The Golden Bears’ other point came on Tigeria Truss’ free throw at 2:45 of the fourth quarter.
The game marked the second time this season that Lincoln went without a field goal against Anniston. The Bulldogs beat the Golden Bears 70-1 on Dec. 10 at Anniston.
“They’ve got a really good team,” Lincoln coach Shae Monroe said. “We’re inexperience. We’re everything our record indicates, but that don’t mean that my girls don’t play hard.
“And just let me go on record saying something. (Anniston) coach (Eddie) Bullock could have beaten me by 200 tonight, and he didn’t, so I appreciate that.”
Anniston pressed early in the game but pulled back. The Bulldogs’ reserves saw much of the playing time.
“What you want to do is still execute what you want to do but not embarrass the other team,” Bullock said. “We worked on a few things in the first quarter, and then we pulled them back.
“You don’t want to ever embarrass kids.”
Alabama signee Quanetria Bolton led Anniston with 16 points, and Marticia Jackson added 13.
The Bulldogs turn their focus to Munford, which they beat 52-22 and 61-32 this season. Both teams won Friday and advanced to the sub-regional elimination round, regardless of the outcome of Monday’s game.
Bolton said the Bulldogs have to keep their edge.
“We have to come out and play every game that’s remaining just like it’s our last,” she said. “We have to bring the intensity to every game.”
Munford 53, Cleburne County 35: After falling behind 13-4 by the end of the first quarter, Munford (19-4) outscored Cleburne County 11-1 in the second and wore the Tigers down in the second half.
“We came out flat, and I’m kind of disappointed in the way that happened,” Munford coach Anne Hopkins said. “But our girls continued to fight the whole game. I told them that, hopefully, if we keep chipping away, we’d end up winning by 20 points, and we came close to that.”
Kierra Groce led Munford with 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Ra’Aunna Caldwell added 13 points.
Toni Epps scored nine points in Cleburne County’s promising first quarter and finished with 21. Shawntavia Boyd added nine.
The Tigers finished their season 13-13.
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