MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hanceville sweeps St. Bernard in middle school hoops


CULLMAN – Hanceville and St. Bernard squared off in Monday night middle school hoops action. It was all Hanceville in both games as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs went on to get the easy sweep.

Hanceville 41, St. Bernard 10 (Girls)

Hanceville was on cruise control from the word go as the Lady Bulldogs took the first game of the night.

St. Bernard’s Jackelyn Arteaga hit a three to open up the scoring for both teams, but that was the only lead the Lady Saints had in the whole game as Lasundra Turner scored nine of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter and Dierra Merriweather hit a three as well as the Lady Bulldogs took a 12-3 lead after one. Turner added 15 more in the second quarter as Hanceville outscored the Lady Saints, 18-2, to take a 30-5 lead into the half, and they did not look back from there, easily taking the game.

Hanceville’s Jayda White added four points, as did Merriweather and Zoe Wilson. Kinzleigh Freeman ended up with three points and six steals. Turner added three steals of her own in the game.

For St. Bernard, Arteaga had five points. Jaya Bahadursingh finished with three, and Marianee Pichardo ended up with two.

Hanceville 45, St. Bernard 14 (Boys)

Hanceville took a close lead after one and turned it into a rout by the half en route to the runaway win.

The scoring was spread around by the Bulldogs in the opening quarter as four different players found the scoring column and they took an 11-5 lead after one. But the second quarter was all Hanceville as the Bulldogs forced 11 Saints turnovers and turned them into a 18-0 quarter for the Bulldogs, going into the locker room up, 29-5, before going on to the double-digit win.

Taejon Jones led the Bulldogs with 12 points and five steals. Brayden Harris ended up with eight, and Zach Campbell finished with six as the trio were three of seven players to score at least two points. The Bulldogs will take on Fairview in a home match-up on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Jose Zatarain finished with 12 points in the game for the Saints. They will travel to Vinemont on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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