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2017-02-15 / Sports

Area and sub-region games are done

Cleveland’s Mileia Ray (42) grabs a rebound during Saturday’s 2A Area 11 championship game win over Altamont. Cleveland’s Mileia Ray (42) grabs a rebound during Saturday’s 2A Area 11 championship game win over Altamont. The timing could certainly be a lot better – at least as far as the publishing date for this newspaper.

Area tournaments wrapped up last week and sub-region games were played Monday night for the girls and Tuesday night for the boys.

Several teams from the county made it out of the area tournaments to the subregion round and some of the girls teams are already locked in to next week’s region tournaments.

In Monday night’s sub-region round, the Appalachian Lady Eagles ran into a buzzsaw at Spring Garden and lost 75- 35. The Cleveland Lady Panthers dropped a tough, 56-54 decision at home to Winston County.

The other three girls teams from the county picked up impressive wins at home. In Class 3A, Locust Fork bludgeoned Carbon Hill 84-41 while J.B. Pennington went to Oakman and wiped out the host Wildcats 79-44. Class 4A Oneonta took care of business at home, dropping Holt 60-49.

Hopefully, the boys teams were able to survive last night’s sub-region games but all three Blount County teams (Cleveland at Cold Springs, Locust Fork at Hanceville, Oneonta at Holt) faced tough competition on the road.

Monday, Feb. 13
at Locust Fork
Locust Fork 84, Carbon Hill 41

The Lady Bulldogs were expected to be a tough sub-region opponent for the Lady Hornets. Carbon Hill brought in a record of 25-5 and was only visiting Locust Fork because of an upset loss to Oakman in the Area 12 Tournament.

A nice story. A story that Ashlyn Adkins and the rest of her Hornet teammates wadded up and stuffed in a Carbon Hill gym bag for the Lady Bulldogs’ ride home.

Locust Fork took the visitors out of the game almost before the opening tip, building a 24-2 lead after one quarter and extending it to 46-13 at the half.

Barbara Roy played all 13 players and nine of those scored as the Lady Hornets improved to 31-1 on the year.

Adkins dropped 32 points on the Lady Bulldogs and also came away with 10 of the home team’s 36 steals on the night. Kimberly Horton added 20 points with five steals, four rebounds and four assists. Madison Cater was the only other player to hit double figures as she finished with 13 points and five steals.

at Oakman
J.B. Pennington 79, Oakman 44

The Lady Tigers went on the road Monday night to take on an Oakman team that had upset Carbon Hill in the 3A Area 12 Tournament final.

A nice story, but this time there would be no upset. The Lady Wildcats simply had no answer for Pennington’s Darby Hamm and Ollie Carson, as the senior duo destroyed the hosts on both ends of the floor.

The visitors broke open a close game to score 13 unanswered points to end the first quarter with a 17-4 lead.

The second quarter was more of the same as Pennington outscored the hosts 19-9 to take a 26-13 lead at the half.

The margin was 21 – 48-29 after three quarters as the Lady Tigers ended the season for Oakman (19-8).

Pennington (23-8) was led by Hamm. All she did was score what is believed to be a school record 47 points while hauling down 30 rebounds. While Hamm was pounding the Wildcats in the paint, Carson was lighting up the Oakman guards for an extremely rare triple double – 14 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds.

at Oneonta 60, Holt 49

The Lady Redskins, who had held off Childersburg in the 4A Area 9 finals to earn the right to host the sub-region, quickly seized control against the visiting Lady Ironmen.

Oneonta bolted out to a 32-9 lead after one quarter but then the Redskin offense went cold – as in ice cold.

Holt outscored the hosts 21-2 in the second quarter and the Lady Redskins led just 34-30 at the half.

Each team managed just five points in the third quarter but the Lady Redskins rebounded nicely with a 21-14 advantage in the final quarter to get the win.

Oneonta (16-13) was balanced on offense as Savana Robertson scored 15 points, followed by Brooke Burke with 15 and Jordan Criswell with 12. Teagan Hartman scored eight points.

Region appearances set for Saturday

Region play begins Saturday and Blount County will have at least three teams involved – and possibly more depending on how the boys teams fared last night in sub-region games.

The Locust Fork and J.B. Pennington girls will take part in the Northwest Regional at Wallace State in Hanceville while Oneonta will be in the Central Regional at Alabama State University in Montgomery.

At Wallace State, Locust Fork (31-1) will meet Colbert County (17-9) Saturday at 3 p.m. while J.B. Pennington (23-8) faces Lauderdale County (32-3) at 6 p.m.

The Northwest Regional 3A title game will be Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m.

In the Central Regional, Oneonta (16- 13) will Greensboro (20-4) Saturday at 12 noon. The other half of the bracket in Montgomery has Sipsey Valley (24-5) taking on Hale County (18-5) at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Central Regional 4A title game is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m.

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