AREA TOURNAMENT: Lady Aggies, Lady Warriors cruise to easy wins, setting up championship rematch; scoring roundup

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FAIRVIEW – Area Tournament play began Monday for high school basketball, with teams looking to conquer their areas and move on to sub-regionals next week. In Fairview, the 5A, Area 12 Tournament saw Fairview manhandle Curry and West Point make quick work of Hayden.

Fairview 79, Curry 29 (Girls)

The Lady Aggies didn't waste any time getting off to a fast start. Abbi Taylor and Abby Schnittker led the way with six each, two of five different players who scored for the Lady Aggies, who forced nine Curry turnovers in the opening period, taking a 20-6 lead after one. The second quarter was even better as Fairview drilled four treys in the quarter. Valentina Klocker couldn't be stopped; she scored nine points as part of a 29-point period by the Lady Aggies, who held a comfortable 49-15 lead at the half.

Coach Mary Lauren Hartline played her bench for most of the second half to give everyone some playing time, and the Lady Aggies wound up taking the game by a more than comfortable margin.

Ten different Lady Aggies found the scoring column, led by Klocker with 16 points. McKinna Yearwood drilled four from deep to finish with 12 for the game. Schnittker and Molly McKelvy each finished with nine. Taylor ended up with eight. Payton Golden, Jacy Gorham and Daisy Manasco each finished with six. Isabella McGukin had four and Daylia Dean chipped in with three.

West Point 63, Hayden 41 (Girls)

The game started out close between West Point and Hayden, but after an and one by the Lady Wildcats' Micayla Rickels gave Hayden a 6-4 lead, the Lady Warriors turned up the defensive pressure and forced seven Hayden turnovers the rest of the quarter. West Point scored the final 17 points of the period to quickly turn things around and take a 21-6 lead after one. It was more of the same in the second period for the Lady Warriors as everyone started to get involved in the scoring. Seven different players scored at least a point in the first half, and West Point took a 40-15 lead into the locker room. 

The Lady Warriors held on to a comfortable margin the whole second half, clinching the second spot in the 5A, Area 12 championship game, which will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. The Lady Warriors will face the Lady Aggies in a rematch of last year’s championship game. The Lady Aggies won the last matchup following a huge fourth quarter.

Miriam Oldacre led the way for West Point with 15 points and six boards. Olivia Ball finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, a block and a steal. Miriam's sister, Micah, was not far behind with 12 points, six rebounds and a steal. Lexi Shadix ended up with nine points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Brooke Brownfield finished with six points, five rebounds and a steal. Molly Pendley had just three points, but she finished with an amazing 12 rebounds. Natalie Trammell ended up with two points and two steals. Mackenzie Carter had one point and three boards.

 

Other Scores

Class 1A, Area 12: Meek 43, Addison 34 (Girls)

Meek's girls have advanced to the championship game after defeating Addison in the semi-final round of the 1A, Area 12 tournament, and they improve to 16-10 overall. They will face off against Marion County at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs end the season with a 17-10 record.

Class 2A, Area 13: Cold Springs 60, St. Bernard 17 (Girls)

Cold Springs started off its quest for back-to-back area championships strong, the Lady Eagles dominating from start to finish in their rout of St. Bernard. They will face off against Winston County in a rematch of last year's area championship game, which the Lady Eagles convincingly won, 90-32. They improve to 18-12 on the season. The Lady Saints' season is over, but the whole roster will be back next season and will look to improve upon their three-win campaign this season.

Class 3A, Area 11: Susan Moore 66, Holly Pond 35 (Girls)

The Lady Broncos' season has come to an end after being knocked out contention by Susan Moore. They end the season with just five wins under first-year head coach Andrew Kelley, and they will lose Kolby Holcombe and Presley Marks to graduation. Holly Pond will have a mixture of experience and young talent step up next season to look to continue to improve under Kelley.

Class 3A, Area 12: Hanceville 66, Vinemont 16 (Girls)

The Lady Bulldogs took care of Vinemont easily in the semi-final round and will face off against Carbon Hill for the championship on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. They improve to 18-8 overall.

Class 6A, Area 14: Cullman 62, Fort Payne 50 (Girls)

The Lady Bearcats take care of Fort Payne in the semi-final round against Fort Payne. They will face off against Brewer Thursday at 6 p.m. for the championship. Cullman is now 17-10 overall on the season.

 

Good Hope's girls will face off against Dora for the 4A, Area 10 championship on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Good Hope. 

 

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