DHS plays for trip to BirminghamPublished 12:10pm Friday, February 22, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Standing between the Dadeville Lady Tigers and a trip to Birmingham are the Childersburg Lady Tigers.
Despite the similar team names and makeup, DHS girls basketball coach Mitch Joiner said that it would be very unfamilar territory.
“It’s going to be a challenge of the unknown,” Joiner said. “We don’t know much about them, but our team makeups are a lot alike. We both have good guard play and two good post players.”
Joiner said he’s expecting a very close game.
“I personally feel more confident about this game than I did about the one with Calera,” Joiner said. “I figured that it would either be us or Childersburg that would end up in Birmingham when all of this started. I think we’re going to win. I really do.”
Joiner said that from what he has learned of Childersburg, the team likes to use a zone defense.He said this could play into the hands of Dadeville.
“We plan on applying pressure,” Joiner said. “We play better and score more when up against a zone defense and it allows us to press more.”
In spite of Childersburg’s post presence, Joiner feels that Dadeville will continue to have what has been a season-long advantage in the paint thanks to All-State candidate Rae Williams and senior Destiny Green, who had a double-double versus Calera.
“Rae’s playing the best she has all year, and now’s she’s starting to get more aggressive,” Joiner said. “As a team, this is the best we’re playing all year.”
Another key for Dadeville would be point guard Janeisha Moss’ ability to penetrate.
“She’s the best point guard around in terms of assisting,” Joiner said. “Not only is she able to penetrate, she has the vision to make those passes down low to Rae and Destiny. We’d be in trouble without her.”
According to Joiner, what may benefit the team most is the playoff experience.
“I knew a year ago that we’d be in Montgomery,” Joiner said. “Now we’ve got to get through Montgomery and on to Birmingham.”
Joiner added that a quiet confidence is brewing amongst Dadeville’s Lady Tigers.
“We’re not through yet,” he said. “They feel like it’s theirs now, and it’s time for them to go take it.”
Dadeville and Childersburg are scheduled to tip-off this afternoon at 3:40 p.m. at the Acadome.