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Cougars upset Dyer County in district title game

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, Munford's David Hunter drives to the basket during the semifinals of the District 13-AAA tournament in Hardin County Saturday night. Munford beat Hardin County and then took out Dyer County Tuesday to claim the title. Photo courtesy The Courier

There's little doubt that Dyer County's players, fans and coaches are tired of seeing the Munford Cougars in the postseason. 

A year after surprising the Choctaws in the district tournament title game, the Cougars did it again Tuesday night in Savannah. 

Behind a huge night from tourney MVP Kylon Hall and efficient second half shooting, the Cougars defeated Dyer County 60-50 in the District 13-AAA tournament title game. 

“That was one of the best performances I've ever seen,” said second-year Munford coach Butch Hopkins. “I sat there on the bench wondering who these guys were. It was the most unselfish performance I've ever seen.”

Munford (17-12), which lost to Dyer County (21-5) by 20 points on Jan. 21, made 10 of 13 field goals in the second half and converted 14 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter. 

The only free throw Munford missed came with 1:35 left in the game and the Cougars leading by six. 

Munford's David Hunter got the rebound and scored. He then intercepted the in-bounds pass and scored again to all but put the game away. 

“That was really the turning point in the game,” Hopkins said. 

Hall, who Hopkins called “unreal,” had a monster night with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. 

Reggie Holmes added 12 points for Munford. Hunter had 10, Andrea' Bell eight and Juane Tolton six. 

Munford led 19-16 at the half. After falling behind by three early in the third quarter, the Cougars regained the lead midway through the third and never trailed again. 

Hall, Holmes, Bell and Tolton were named all-district. Hunter, Holmes, Tolton and Hall were named all-tournament. 

The Cougars will host Cordova on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Region 7-AA quarterfinals.  

In other area action:

• The Lady Cougars fell to Dyer County Monday night in Savannah in the district title game, 34-23. 

The teams combined to shoot 0 for 23 from 3-point range in a game that was dominated by defense. 

Nobody on either team scored in double figures. 

Munford and Dyer County were tied 5-5 after one quarter. Dyer County led 15-8 at the half and never led by less than six the rest of the way. 

The Lady Cougars will host Bartlett Friday at 7 p.m. in the region quarterfinals. 

• Brighton's boys fell to Hardin County 72-58 in the District 13-AAA consolation game Tuesday night to finish fourth in the tournament. The Cardinals will play Bolton at Bolton on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the region tournament. Brighton's girls lost to Hardin County Monday night in the consolation game and travel to Bolton Friday night for the region quarterfinals. The Lady Cardinals play Bolton at 7 p.m. 

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