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Lady Trojans earn tourney title

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Members of the DHS Lady Trojans were all smiles following the thrilling win over Munford.
Throughout the first two days of the Rough Country Dyersburg Invitational Christmas Tournament, there were some really good games played by several different teams.

However, by far the most exciting game on the girls side of the bracket came in the championship involving Dyersburg and Munford, especially if your favorite colors are black and gold.

The Lady Trojans and Lady Cougars went toe-to-toe on Saturday night in a championship game neither team deserved to lose. In the end though, thanks to a huge steal and drive to the basket from Kenya Jordan near the end of the fourth quarter, the Lady Trojans earned the title hardware with a hard-fought 55-54 win.

Three members of the Lady Trojans, (l-r) Chari Swift, Myah Taylor and Kenya Jordan, were selected for the All-Tourney team.
The championship victory brought to a close a very busy two weeks for Dyersburg, one in which the squad played six games in as many days.

"Our kids have played some really talented basketball teams the last couple of weeks. That's forced our kids to play big and grow up, " said Lady Trojan skipper Randy Coffman. "We've faced a lot of adversity already this season and right now I'm so proud of our kids that I can't even begin to explain it."

Against Munford, Coffman had plenty of reasons to be proud.

Dyersburg (11-5) came out of the gate strong in the opening quarter, building a double-digit lead 20-10 with 2:45 left in the period after Myah Taylor tickled the twine on a 3-pointer from the right corner.

Down 26-18 to start the second quarter, the Lady Cougars stayed calm and continued to play hard. Trailing 31-24 with 3:41 left in the first half, Munford raced out on a 7-0 spurt. During the run over the final three minutes, it appeared as though the Lady Trojans were unraveling.

A late basket by Dyersburg lifted the squad in front 33-31 at the break. A tight game at the half was nothing more than Coffman expected from former DCHS standout Steve Poindexter's squad.

"Give Munford a lot of credit. They have a seasoned, district championship team over there and we knew they were going to make a run at us," said Coffman.

And make a run they did.

In the third, Dyersburg led 37-33 after another 3-pointer from Taylor with five minutes to play. Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, Munford was about to find another gear. The result was an 11-0 run by the Lady Cougars to end the period, one that lifted the visitors in front 44-37 with one quarter to play.

In the fourth, Dyersburg found some inspiration to play harder when Jordan drained a 3-pointer and Chari Swift added two free throws to cut the deficit to 46-43 with 4:30 to play.

With 1:16 to play, Taylor had a stick-back to bring the Lady Trojans within two, but trailing 52-50. On the ensuing play, the Lady Cougars had one of their 15 turnovers, but it was a costly mistake.

Taylor took a pass and connected from long range, giving Dyersburg a 53-52 advantage with one minute to play.

After Munford's Robneisha Lee, who led the Lady Cougars with 25 points, made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe, the game was knotted at 53-53 with 44 ticks remaining.

Christina Moore appeared to give Dyersburg the lead on its next possession, only to have a late whistle negate the basket as a charge was called.

When things could have gone from bad to worse, Dyersburg's Jordan came up with the biggest steal of her life and raced to the basket to put the Lady Trojans in front for good, 55-53, with 10 seconds remaining.

Munford had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left, but Lee missed the first of two free throws as Dyersburg won its second straight Christmas tournament at DHS.

Taylor led Dyersburg with 18 points, while Swift and Moore both finished with double-doubles. Swift had 10 points and 11 boards, while Moore had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Swift, Taylor and Jordan earned All-Tourney honors for the Lady Trojans.

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Wheres the story on the winners of the boys side of the tournament. I have pictures I can send to you, but it would have been nice to have the news stay and take one hisself and post a story on the Desoto Central Boy. We came to your tournament, we supported your town, your school, and we won.

-- Posted by DCHS Parent on Sun, Dec 30, 2012, at 1:00 PM

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