Lady Tigers face Calera in MontgomeryPublished 12:29pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Lady Tigers of Dadeville hope that the third time will be the charm as they face Calera High School in regional tournament action tonight.
The first two meetings fell in favor of Calera.
Dadeville dropped the road meeting thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by freshman guard Tyesha Haynes.
When Calera paid a visit to Dadeville earlier this season, Calera left with a 13-point victory over a Lady Tigers squad that did not have key post player Destiny Green available. Additionally, point guard Janesha Moss was not at full strength.
DHS girls basketball coach Mitch Joiner said that the point guard battle would be instrumental in determining the game’s outcome.
“(Haynes and Moss) are very similar,” Joiner said. “They both like to score off turnovers and are good defensive players. I know Calera will want to keep (Moss) from penetrating as she’s the key to our offense and we want to shut (Haynes) down.”
Joiner said the team is ready to go and that confidence is at a season high.
“Our offense is clicking really well,” he said. “ We played our last five games better than we’ve played all year. I feel really good about it. They’re ready, I’m ready and while I’m not 100 percent on it, I think we’re going to win.”
Joiner said one reason for his belief in the team is center Rae Williams.
“She’s on,” Joiner said. “We have the dominant player. We’re going to feed her and hopefully she’ll take us to Birmingham.”
According to Joiner, the winner of this game is likely to make a deep playoff run.
“The region we’re in has four teams that I think are equal,” Joiner said. “ I honestly believe that whoever wins between Dadeville and Calera will go to Birmingham. Hopefully it’ll be us. It’ll be a good game, no doubt. If we don’t win, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.”
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.