Central girls beat Auburn to earn state semifinal spot

(WTVM) - Central had beaten Auburn two out of three times before heading into Tuesday's contest with the Tigers in the Regional Final.

Their one loss was in their last meeting, just 11 days ago in the 7A-1 area tournament championship. Three out of four ain't bad for the Devils, as they managed to knock off their rivals and clinch a spot in the state semifinals.

After taking a lead in the first quarter, Central never looked back, earning a 39-34 win over the Tigers.

Auburn never let the game get out of hand, pulling as close as four in the final quarter, but Central kept just enough distance to clinch the win and the Regional Tournament title.

Tiyah Johnson was the main threat from Central. Her 17 points were tops for any player in the game, and earned her Tournament MVP honors.

A trip to the Final Four was the main goal from the beginning for Central, as head coach Carolyn Wright pointed out after the game.

"They told me at the beginning of the season they were going to Birmingham and I was like 'Oh Lord have mercy, that means we've got a lot of work to do,' but they were adamant about they wanted to go and they were going to go and they worked hard, so I'm glad to see them reach that goal," Wright said.

Central will face Hoover in the State Semifinals on Thursday, March 2 in Birmingham.

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