FAIRVIEW, Ala. – A trio of local squads participated in this year’s Fairview Tip-Off Classic Saturday afternoon and all three of them left with wins. The opening game saw the Hanceville Lady Bulldogs edge past Decatur Heritage, the Good Hope Lady Raiders then took care of business against Lawrence County, and the final game saw the Fairview Lady Aggies ease past Russellville.
Hanceville 40 – Decatur Heritage 35
The first quarter saw both teams play really stingy defense as the period ended with the score deadlocked at 6. Decatur Heritage scored eight of the first 10 points in the second period to take a 16-8 lead, but Hanceville countered with a huge run of its own as Cassidy Campbell, Jessica Thompson and Savanna McAnnally helped spearhead a half-ending 11-0 run to take a 19-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
Both teams traded the lead to start off the third period, then Campbell broke a 21-all tie with a trey and later on, huge baskets by Kate Sterling and Stanley helped Hanceville take a 29-26 lead into the final period. McAnnally and Campbell each drilled a three to start off the fourth to stretch the Lady Bulldog lead to 35-26, but Decatur Heritage got back in the game because of Hanceville’s struggles from the free-throw line and they made it a 39-35 game with 39 seconds remaining in the contest. McAnnally sealed the win with a free throw and the Lady Bulldogs went on to take the game, 40-35.
McAnnally led Hanceville (2-0) with 15 points. Campbell wasn’t far behind with 14. Stanley ended up with five, Sterling finished with four and Thompson chipped in with two. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to take on Cold Springs Tuesday night.
Good Hope 75 – Lawrence County 64
Good Hope started out red-hot as five points by Heather Tetro and a trey by Rudi Derrick gave them a quick 8-0 lead. Lawrence County would answer in a big way as they scored 15 of the final 21 points to take a 15-14 lead into the second quarter. Both teams traded baskets and free throws for the whole period. After an Ivey Maddox free throw gave Good Hope a 28-27 lead, the Lady Red Devils scored the final basket of the quarter to take a one-point lead into the locker room.
Both teams traded baskets for most of the third period before Good Hope went on a mini run behind Bailey Tetro and Maddox as they got the lead right back at 43-38. Then an 8-2 Lady Raider run gave them a double-digit lead for the first time in the game at 51-40 and they held a 53-44 lead after three. Lawrence County cut the lead to five and six multiple times in the final quarter, but Good Hope pulled away at the end behind a red-hot Derrick and Bailey and Heather Tetro as they wound up winning the game, 75-64.
Derrick led the way for Good Hope (1-0) with 23 points. Heather Tetro added 18 points. Bailey Tetro ended up with 17 points. Maddox finished with nine points. The Lady Raiders will host West Point Tuesday.
Fairview 58 – Russellville 38
Russellville took an early 5-3 lead, but Fairview took over after that as they scored 15 out of the final 19 points, all scored by Jaycee Aleman, Daisy Manasco, and Maddie Yeager, to take a 18-9 lead into the second quarter. The Lady Aggies pushed their lead to 24-9 to start off the period as their defense wound up holding the Lady Golden Tigers to just five points and went into the half up, 32-14. Six different players found the scoring column in the first half for Fairview.
The lead reached 27 at one point for the Lady Aggies in the second half and their defense got countless steals which led to some easy fast-break points and Fairview ended up taking the game by 20, 58-38.
Yeager and Molly McKelvy led the way for the Lady Aggies with 12 points each. Aleman added 10 points. Emma Garcia ended up with eight points, Manasco finished with seven points, Jacy Gorham chipped in with six. and Morgan Lindsay added three. Fairview (1-0) will stay at home next Friday night when it takes on Vinemont.
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