The smoke has cleared from last week’s area tournaments and five Blount County basketball teams have advanced to this week’s sub-region round.
The Cleveland Panthers and Hayden Lady Wildcats won their respective area tournaments and will host this week’s sub-region game. For Conny Lowery’s Cleveland Panthers it was a case of taking care of business. However, John Simmons’s Lady Wildcats had to take out ranked teams Erwin (No. 8) and host Springville (No. 10) – teams they were a combined 1-3 against – to win the championship.
Cleveland and Hayden will host sub-region games later this week – Thursday for the girls and Friday for the boys.
Locust Fork (girls), Oneonta (boys), and Susan Moore (girls) all advanced to area tournament finals but lost in the championship game. These three teams will be on the road for this week’s sub-region games.
1A Area 9 at Irondale
St. Bernard 54, Appalachian 43
2A Area 13 at Cold Springs
Addison 57, Cleveland 40
3A Area 12 at Good Hope
Hanceville 58, J.B. Pennington 33
3A Area 13 at Holly Pond
Susan Moore 52, Brindlee Mountain 48
The Lady Bulldogs moved to the finals but it wasn’t easy.
Hannah Holmes led Susan Moore (16-11) with 21 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals. Kaylie Bullard added 15 points and seven rebounds while Angel Hilburn had 10 rebounds and Faithe Newton collected five steals.
Holly Pond 65, Susan Moore 58 (OT)
The Lady Broncos improved to 3-0 against the Lady Bulldogs on the year but it wasn’t easy. With just three seconds left to play in regulation, Susan Moore’s Kaylie Bullard buried a short jumper to tie the score, 49-49.
However, Holly Pond outscored the visitors 16-9 in the extra frame to take the title.
Susan Moore (16-12) got outstanding games from Hannah Holmes – 25 points, 13 rebounds – and Bullard – 20 points, 10 rebounds.
4A Area 10 at Ashville
Locust Fork 52, Oneonta 49
The Lady Skins had won two of the first three match-ups but the Lady Hornets won the big one.
Oneonta (23-5) got a big game from senior forward Mary Claire Tidwell, who finished with a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Destiney Elliott and Mary Beth Lowry added nine each and Casey Morrison had six.
Locust Fork (15-13) got 17 points from Brandee Busenlehner and 10 from Hannah Kirkley. Taylor Good had seven and Hannah Kirkley, Amy Parkins, and Emily Minck had six each. Finals Ashville 46, Locust Fork 43
The Lady Hornets picked the worst possible time to have one of their worst offensive nights of the year.
Ashville (17-12) built a big lead but then had to hold off a late Locust Fork rally for the win.
Locust Fork (15-14) was led by Brandee Busenlehner with 13 points.
Ashville got 22 points from Courtney Partee and nine from Kim Fuller.
5A Area 11 at Springville
Hayden 57, Erwin 51
The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a big lead early – 17-7 after one quarter – but then had to hold on for the rest of the night.
Erwin (20-8) was led by Briana Shepherd and Amber Johnson with 13 points each.
Hayden (20-5) put four players in double figures, led by Krista Stricklin with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Tiffany Myrick had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocked shots while Mallory Ray added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Madison Durham posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Ray and Durham were a combined 10 of 12 from the freethrow line in the fourth quarter.
Hayden 40, Springville 30
Talk about building a big early lead. The Lady Wildcats led 8-1 after the first quarter and increased the advantage to 23-4 at the half.
Springville (23-7) was led by Reshika Newsome with 11 points.
Hayden (21-5) got a game-high 17 points and 10 steals from Krista Stricklin. Tiffany Myrick just missed a triple-double with nine points, 15 rebounds, and 14 blocked shots and Mallory Ray added nine points and four assists.
1A Area 9 at Parkway Christian
Holy Family 61, Appalachian 47
3A Area 12 at Vinemont
Vinemont 62, J.B. Pennington 48
3A Area 13 at Brindlee Mountain
Brindlee Mountain 60, Susan Moore 54
5A Area 11 at Erwin
Mortimer Jordan 68, Hayden 55
2A Area 13 at Cleveland
Cleveland 97, Addison 49
The fifth-ranked Panthers buried the Bulldogs for the third time this year.
Tyler Cornelius paced Cleveland (22-7) with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Colton Bearden added 18 points and Tyler Robertson chipped in 12.
Cleveland 76, Cold Springs 67
The Panthers led 34-30 at the half and built as much as a 15- point advantage in the third quarter before the Eagles made a comeback.
The lead was down to 57-55 early in the fourth quarter before the Panthers turned up the intensity and went on a 12-2 run to put the game away.
Justin Aby led the Eagles with 21 points.
Colton Bearden led the Panthers (23-7) with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Tyler Robertson added 19 points, Tyler Cornelius hit for 18 points (including four 3-pointers), and Caleb Woodall chipped in 11 (including three 3-pointers).
4A Area 10 at Ashville
Oneonta 50, St. Clair County 45
The Saints led for most of the first half and went to the halftime locker room with a 29-28 lead.
However, the Redskins responded in the third quarter and outscored the Saints 10-4 to take a 38-33 lead to the final period.
St. Clair County (12-11) got 16 points from Damian Lee and 15 from Jeremiah Holmes.
Oneonta (16-12) got 13 points from Cory Glasscock and 10 points from Nolen Smith. Smith also had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Ashville 78, Oneonta 69
The Bulldogs controlled the game from the second quarter on and wrapped up the area championship and the home playoff game for this week’s sub-regional.
Oneonta (16-13) got a game-high 23 points from Cory Glasscock and 15 from Trevor Sanders.
Ashville (19-9) was led by Xavier Newton with 20 points and 20 rebounds and Josh Clifton with 15 points.