PREP BASKETBALL: Aggies, Lady Aggies collect road wins at Hanceville

Fairview's Emma Garcia attacks the basket during the Lady Aggies' 49-22 win over Hanceville. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Hanceville hosted Fairview for a pair of varsity matchups Tuesday night, but unfortunately for the home crowd, the Aggies and Lady Aggies came away with a pair of wins. The Lady Aggies rolled past the Lady Bulldogs 49-22 and the Aggies defeated Hanceville 61-52.

Fairview 49 – Hanceville 22 (Varsity Girls)

Emma Garcia hit a free throw for Fairview’s first point of the game, then back-to-back shots down low from Morgan Lindsay and Jaycee Aleman gave the Lady Aggies a 5-0 lead. Lindsay added a layup to make it 7-0, but Hanceville got on the board on a basket by Jolee McHan. She then added a pair of free throws to trim the deficit to just three at 7-4 with a little over three minutes to go in the first period. Each team traded threes to keep it at a three-point game. The Lady Aggies got baskets from Sadie Smith and Reagan Dunkin and that helped Fairview push their lead to 14-7 going into the second period.

A Smith basket made it 18-7 early in the second quarter. After a Savanna McAnnally free throw cut the Fairview lead to 10 at 22-12, a basket down low by Jayla Gorham made it 24-12, then Smith drilled a three to push Fairview’s lead to 27-14. The Lady Aggies went into the half with a 13-point lead.

A McAnnally trey made it a 29-17 early in the third period, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the game as the Lady Aggies went on a 10-2 run behind their swarming defense and their balanced scoring. Fairview would go into the final period up, 39-19, and they went on cruise control from there as they ended up rolling past Hanceville, 49-22, to improve their record to 7-0 on the season.

Smith led the way for Fairview with 15 points and four steals. Dunkin added eight points, four rebounds, and a steal. Lindsay ended up with six points and two steals. Emma Garcia added five points and a steal. Aleman (four steals) and Gorham (steal) each ended up with four points. Kabri Redding finished with three points, four rebounds and a steal. Somer Harris and Darby Nichols each chipped in with two points. For Hanceville (2-5), McAnnally finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals. McHan added six points, five rebounds and a steal. Victoria Stanley ended up with three points and a steal while Kate Sterling chipped in with two points. 

Fairview 61 – Hanceville 52 (Varsity Boys)

Hanceville’s Brayden Harris converted on a three-point play to put the Bulldogs on the board first. Landon Tweedie hit a layup to put Fairview on the scoreboard, then later on, Cylas Yarbrough and Austin Johnson hit layups to give the Aggies a 6-5 lead. Harris, though, had a couple of quick answers for the Bulldogs as a three, which was later followed by another three-point play, gave Hanceville an 11-6 lead. Yarbrough scored five straight points to tie the game up at 11. A trey by J.T. Davis, followed by a pair of free throws from Carson Garrett, broke the tie and gave the Bulldogs a 16-11 lead, but Yarbrough converted on a three-point play to make it a 16-14 game after one.

The second quarter saw both teams struggle to put some points on the board. Fairview got the lead right back at 18-16 behind baskets from Parker Martin and Cade Arnold. A Johnson layup pushed their lead to 20-16, but after a Zachary Campbell free throw made it a 22-21 game, Ethan Fraise hit back-to-back shots down low to increase the Aggie lead to 26-21. Harris drilled a long-range shot to trim the deficit to just two at 26-24 as the Aggies held on to the two-point lead at the half.

Fairview started the second half very strong on both sides of the ball as they started out the third period on an 11-0 run and Kobe Payne scored six out of the 11 points as the Aggies quickly pushed their lead to double-digits at 37-24. Hanceville finally scored in the third period on a Garrett free throw almost midway through the third period, and later on, a Harris three and a pair of Will Calvert free throws trimmed their lead to just nine at 39-30 with a little over three minutes to go in the quarter. A three from Braxton Broad made it a 40-33 game, but Payne quickly answered with back-to-back baskets down low to increase Fairview’s lead to 44-33 and the Aggies would go into the final period up, 45-35.

A trey from Campbell and a Calvert layup made it a five-point game early in the fourth quarter, then later on, another Broad trey made it a 47-43 contest with a little over six minutes to go in the final period. Fairview, though, answered right back as baskets by Tweedie and Arnold pushed their lead back up to eight. A huge three-point play from Yarbrough made it a 54-45 game and that started a 7-0 run for the Aggies as they now held a 59-45 lead. Despite a mini comeback by Hanceville to get back in the game, it was too little, too late for the Bulldogs as Fairview went on to pick up a huge win on the road over Hanceville, 61-52.

Payne led the way for Fairview with 15 points; he scored 13 of his 15 points in the third period. Yarbrough added 13 points and seven rebounds. Tweedie ended up with eight points and 14 rebounds, while Arnold added seven points, seven rebounds and three steals. For Hanceville (7-2), Harris finished with 17 points. Garrett added nine points and two steals, while Campbell and Broad each ended up with six points.

Fairview and Hanceville will both be on the road Friday to take on D.A.R. and Hueytown respectively.

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