Austin boys on their way to repeat at Sneaky Pete's
From staff reports
Austin High cleared its first hurdle in defense of the Sneaky Pete’s basketball tournament championship when it downed Hewitt-Trussville 49-43 in Birmingham on Thursday night.
Travis Cohn pumped in 27 points and had four steals as the Black Bears (7-3) won their fourth straight game.
The Black Bears shot 70 percent from the floor in the second half while stepping up their defensive pressure to pull away from a 24-24 tie at the half.
“Our defensive pressure seemed to wear them down in the second half,” assistant coach Jake Miles said. “It was a one- or two-point game until midway through the half. It’s a tough tourney again this year.”
Helping out were George Williams with eight points and Quez Powell with six points and three steals. Berkeneo Mann added five points and three steals. Williams led the Black Bears with six rebounds.
Hewitt-Trussville’s Christian Watford canned 16 points for the Huskies (10-3).
Austin moves to the tournament’s semifinals today against the Leeds/Spain Park winner. The contest tips off at 8 p.m. at Spain Park High School.
Other boys games
Tanner 93, East Limestone 71: Rod Byrd and Demarcus King racked up 25 points each in the Rattlers win, while teammate Rishard Nasseri had 21 and Latraius Mosley 13.
Tanner (9-3) took control early and led 47-33 at halftime.
London Brandon and Marvin Baker were East Limestone’s top scorers with 12 and 10 points respectively.
West Limestone 59, Ardmore 53: It was another big night for Zane Campbell who poured in 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had nine blocks, narrowly missing a triple-double.
For Ardmore, Matthew Clem was top scorer with 19 points.
Speake 62, Danville 52: Jaurez Fitzgerald tossed in 22 points and passed out five assists and
Jacob Moody contributed 17 points for the Bobcats (7-2).
Zack Orr had 22 and David Long 11 for the Hawks.
Austin improved to 8-4 with a 70-42 drubbing of Coffee County (Tenn.) in the opening round of the Huntsville Times Ladies Tournament.
Adrian Wilkerson had 18 points and Chasity Stover added 17 for the Lady Black Bears.
"We pressured them into some turnovers," said Austin coach Bruce Hamilton. "I don't know if defense is our strength, but it needs to be. Our girls realize there's plenty of stiff competition at the this tournament and we're going to have to play well to compete."
Coffee committed 26 turnovers in the loss.
Austin advances to play Blackmon (Tenn.) at 4:30 p.m. today at Bob Jones High.
Ardmore 59, West Limestone 54: Ardmore (6-8) used a balanced scoring attack to edge West Limestone, who was led by Elizabeth Dison's 27 points.
Ardmore got 12 points and eight rebounds from Hailey Drake and 11 more points from Jennifer Mills and Courtney Pettus.
Morgan Adams had 10 rebounds for West Limestone (3-9).
Danville 53, Speake 44: The Lady Hawks (10-4) got 20 points and seven steals from Bethany Evans and 10 points from Magen Linderman.
Malea Hensley and Kylie Black each had 18 to pace Speake (1-8).
Hatton 50, West Morgan 35: Paige Rutherford had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Hornets (7-5). Grace Harrison pitched in 16 points for the winners.
Keleavia Williams netted 10 points for West Morgan.
Hatton girls won the junior varsity contest 56-49.
Tharptown 62, Athens Bible 41: Kirsten McClure's 20 points weren't enough for Athens Bible. Amelia Harwell grabbed seven rebounds for the Trojans.
Tharptown, a Franklin County school, was led by Holly Hines' 25 points.
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