The Dyer County girls were plagued by an inability to hit shots from the charity stripe as they went 11-of-23 from the free throw line on the night.
"We were our own worst enemy tonight," said head coach Derek McCord.
The game opened up with a defensive struggle as neither team made a basket until Dyer County's Makayla Enochs made the first basket at the 4:13 mark in the first quarter. Munford struggled offensively in the first and did not get on the board until the first quarter was inside of three minutes. However, the Lady Cougars began pressing and closed the first quarter ahead 10-5 before taking an eventual ten-point lead into halftime.
The Lady Choctaws battled back throughout the second half and pulled to within three points twice, including with 30 seconds left in the game. Dyer County's Eonna Jackson came up with a loose ball giving the Lady Choctaws an opportunity to tie the game or pull within one, down 51-48. However, the Lady Choctaws could not capitalize on the possession, turning it over and allowing the Lady Cougars to extend their lead and secure the victory.
Dyer County was led in scoring on the evening by Enochs with 15 points and eight rebounds and was closely followed by Sara Owen with 14 points and six assists. The Lady Choctaws forced 20 Munford turnovers and for the most part contained their senior standout Robneisha Lee, who had 11 points, all in the fourth quarter.
"We played well enough to win but we just couldn't cash in when we needed to in the fourth," said McCord.