COUNTY TOURNAMENT: Fairview pulls away to top Hanceville 46-28 & advance to semifinals

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Fairview’s Sadie Smith drives to the basket during the Lady Aggies’ 46-28 win over Hanceville Tuesday night. (Katie Drummond/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The second varsity girls clash of the Cullman County Tournament tipped Tuesday night and saw the Fairview Lady Aggies take on the Lady Bulldogs of Hanceville. Fairview led by just 13-9 at the end of the opening quarter but pulled away to defeat the Lady Bulldogs 46-28, securing a spot in the semifinals Thursday night.

The Lady Aggies got off to a fast, 4-0 start thanks to a steal and score by Morgan Lindsay and a jumper from Emma Garcia. Free throws by Garcia and Sadie Smith stretched the lead to 7-0 and Smith laid one in midway through the period to make it 9-0. Victoria Stanley ended the scoring drought for Hanceville with a three-pointer that cut the lead to six. Garcia and Savana McAnnally traded baskets to make it an 11-5 game late in the first quarter and Katelynn Boyd scored to cut the lead to four. A pair of McAnnally free throws made it a 2-point game with less than minute to play in the first but Jayla Gorham netted a pair of free throws just before the buzzer to give Fairview a 13-9 lead going into the second.

Garcia scored the first three baskets of the quarter for the Lady Aggies, extending their lead to 19-11. Kabri Redding followed her with a pair of baskets on back to back possessions to make it a 23-11 game and after Lindsay laid one in to add to the lead, Garcia drained a corner three in the final seconds of the half to give Fairview a 28-11 advantage at the break.

Smith and Jolee McHan traded baskets to start the third quarter before Somer Harris knocked down a three to put the Lady Aggies in front 33-13. A layup by Lindsay made it a 35-13 game midway through the third but Emma Sterling scored on the other end to trim the lead back down to 20. Lindsay and Allison Davis each hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to 39-15 late in the period but a three-pointer from Stanley and a couple free throws by Sterling trimmed the lead to 39-20 going into the fourth quarter.

McHan scored four quick points for the Lady Bulldogs to cut into the lead at the start of the fourth and she continued adding to her total as the period went on, making it a 41-28 game midway through the fourth. However, the Lady Aggies responded with baskets from Gorham and Reagan Dunkin in the final two minutes to wrap up a 46-28 win over Hanceville.

Garcia led the way for Fairview with 16 points in the win. Lindsay added eight and Smith posted six. McHan posted 12 points in the loss for the Lady Bulldogs and Stanley added six.

Fairview will advance to play West Point Thursday night at 8 p.m.

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