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Thanks to dominant third and fourth quarters, the Munford Lady Cougars had little trouble with visiting Jackson Central-Merry Friday night. 

Munford outscored its opponent 33-6 over the second and third quarters, not allowing a single point in the third frame, en route to a 61-29 non-district win. 

The Lady Cougars led 19-13 after one quarter and 52-19 after three quarters. 

Phenecia Howard scored 13 of her 16 points for Munford in the first half and Lindsey Owen, who finished with 15, scored 11 in the first quarter. 

Kierra Richardson added 16 for Munford and Shania Johnson scored eight. 

Over the holiday break, Munford finished second at Dyersburg Christmas Classic. 

Munford defeated Poplar Bluff (Mo.) 57-47 and Lausanne 61-47 in its first two games. 

Dyersburg defeated Munford 62-47 in the title game on Dec. 30. 

Precious Mills, who was sick and missed the JCM game, scored a career-high 31 points in the win over Poplar Bluff. 

Mills and Richardson were both named to the all-tournament team. 

Head coach Steve Poindexter, whose team is about to get into the heart of its district schedule, said he's looking for more consistency from his team. 

“We started the year playing two good quarters a game then playing brain dead the other two,” Poindexter said. “We've got it down to one bad quarter. I'm pushing for longer, more consistent play.”

Munford (9-6 overall, 0-1 District 13-AAA) gets back into district play tomorrow night at home against Brighton. 

After a trip to Haywood on Saturday and a home game with Bolton on Monday, the Lady Cougars play two straight league games against Hardin County and Dyer County, which beat them on Dec. 13. 

“We have to get a whole lot better,” Poindexter said. “We've got 12 more games to get as sharp as we can get for tournament time.”

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