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Drew’s Timyah Holloway (right) tries to guard Kiana Glenn in the first half of the Lady Titans’ 61-38 Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A win on Friday.
RIVERDALE — Coaches always emphasize the importance of peaking at the right time.
In basketball, no time is better than heading into your respective region tournaments to start gelling and getting on a hot streak.
Count the Drew Lady Titans in that mix as they have two games remaining on their schedule and a four-game winning streak on their resume.
The Lady Titans had little trouble with visiting Mundy’s Mill with a 61-38 win in a Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A contest on Friday.
It marked the fourth straight game that Drew has scored at least 50 points. During that streak, the Lady Titans have reached at least 60 points in three of the last four contests.
Drew coach Candence Jackson credits her team’s ability to establish the pace early with its get-after-it defensive play.
“Our girls have made a commitment to our defense and setting the tone in the game,” Jackson said. “At the beginning of the season, the opposing team was setting the tone. Now, we are the ones that are doing that.”
Mundy’s Mill led briefly 4-3 at the start of the game, but the Lady Titans went on a 17-0 run in the last four minutes of the contest to take control of the game. The Lady Tigers finally ended their drought when Kiana Glenn scored on a layup with five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
By then, the damage had already been done as Drew was up 28-6, and in full control of the contest.
LaKiah Sims was too much to handle as she scored a game-high 27 points.
“It is my responsibility to step up,” Sims said.
And her teammates look for the junior to be the sparkplug. She is the only returning starter from last season’s team that finish as region runner-up.
“When there is a mismatch, we have to get the ball to Shaq,” said Drew sophomore Toxiana Wilson in reference to Sims. “We depend on her a lot to help this team.”
Mundy’s Mill was without senior guard Moneshia Dyer, who is still recovering from an ankle injury. She will likely return next week at the start of the region playoffs at Ola High.
Lady Tigers coach Tu Willingham said that Dyer’s presence is not only missed as the leading scorer, but more importantly as the team’s leader.
“She is the person we look to for leadership on the floor,” Willingham said. “We are trying to get her healed up and rested for the region tournament. We miss her leadership on the floor.”
And it was apparent that Drew was going to take advantage of Dyer’s absence.
“We look to capitalize on the other team’s weakness,” Jackson said. “Mo is a great player, and we took advantage of her being out.”