Third time’s the charm: Dadeville avenges in-season losses to Calera at playoffsPublished 1:49pm Thursday, February 21, 2013
By Ed Bailey
They say the third time is the charm and for the Lady Tigers, that statement held true as their third in-season meeting with the Calera Lady Eagles ended in a 46-40 triumph at the Class 4A regional semifinal.
“It was just about like I thought it would be,” Dadeville girls basketball coach Mitch Joiner said. “It was a low-scoring basketball game.”
Rae Williams led all Dadeville scorers with 14 points. She also had seven boards, seven blocked shots and three swipes.
“She is the dominant player (on the court),” Joiner said of Williams. “And I’m going to use her while I got her.”
Destiny Green notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Janeisha Moss had eight points, five assists and four steals.
The game was tight from start to finish.
Both teams started slowly, but Calera’s Perri Duncan hit two from long-range to extend the lead to 9-3.
Green, Williams and Moss each scored from close range to knot the score up at 9-9, but Calera headed into the second quarter up 13-11.
The teams traded threes to open the quarter.
Dadeville went on a 12-0 run to grab a 23-16 lead but Calera answered with a 5-1 run to close the gap to within two at the half.
The third quarter started with a three-ball from Laquashous Stowes, but Calera’s Tyesha Haynes scored six points to keep the Lady Eagles in it.
A lay-in by Green put Dadeville up 31-28 with 4:10 left in the third quarter.
A free throw from Calera’s Jeda Doss and a three-pointer from Duncan gave Calera a 32-31 lead with 3:41 left in the third.
Williams sank two free-throws to regain the lead but Calera ended the third quarter up 34-33 thanks to a lay-up by the Eagles’ Tia McCarter with 33 seconds left.
The fourth quarter opened with back-to-back baskets by Williams and Moss, which reclaimed the reclaimed the lead for Dadeville.
Free throws from Williams and Araven Edwards put Dadeville up 40-36. A lay-up from Williams put the Lady Tigers up 42-36 with 4:17 left.
Ultimately, Dadeville outscored Calera 13-6 in the final quarter to seal the win.
“It feels really good,” Williams said of the win. “I kept telling myself that they always say it’s hard to beat a team three times in a row.”
Moss summed up the victory in one word.
“Payback,” she said.
Dadeville plays in the regional final against Childersburg on Friday.