Playoff bound: Dadeville boys and girls face Dallas Co. in playoffsPublished 2:23pm Thursday, February 14, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Fresh off area tourney play, the Dadeville boys and girls basketball squads now set their sights to the sub-regional round of the state playoffs.
The Lady Tigers, off the heels of their second-straight Class 4A-Area 5 title, will host Dallas County with a trip to Montgomery on the line.
The girls claimed the area title 44-38 over Handley, and according to DHS girls basketball coach Mitch Joiner, Rae Williams was a big reason why.
“We played poorly, but Rae played well,” he said. “A tall girl like that who can shoot and rebound is hard to hold down.”
Williams scored 17 points and had 17 boards.
Joiner said the return of key reserve Joslyn Jones would add to the team’s depth.
“She’s as good a rebounder, if not better, as Rae is,” Joiner said. “She’s got long arms and is a great shot-blocker.”
With the experience of last year’s run, Joiner said he expects the girls to be more prepared for the atmosphere.
“I expect us to win (against DCHS),” Joiner said. “Last year was the first time we were in Montgomery in a couple years. This time, I think the players will come in with more confidence and play more aggressively. I think our girls will go in knowing we can beat them.”
As for the boys, they will start their journey toward Birmingham in unfriendly confines as they travel to Dallas County to face the Hornets.
Dadeville lost 65-55 to Handley in the Class 4A-Area 5 final but, thanks to a runner-up finish, clinched a playoff berth.
Terry Toler led the Tigers with 27 points, and Jessie Foster added 14 points.
“We played well in the first half,” said DHS boys basketball coach Rodney Taylor. “What it really boiled down to is that we made some unforced errors, and they shot the ball better than we did in the second half.”
Taylor said the team’s confidence isn’t shaken by the loss, adding that Dadeville is battle-tested ready for the challenge DCHS may present.
“We’ve just got to go out there and play,” Taylor said. “I like our chances. There’s nothing that Dallas County can do that we haven’t been through, and we’ve done it against good opponents. That’s why we play the schedule we play.”
Dadeville’s girls tip-off at 7 p.m. tonight, and Dadeville’s boys tip-off at 7 p.m. on Friday.