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Speake captures its own tournament

From Staff Reports

Speake’s K.C. Orr scored 21 points to help the host Bobcats beat Falkville 63-55 in the Speake Christmas Tournament finals.

Jacob Moody added 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for the Bobcats (10-2), while Juarez Fitzgerald pitched in 15 points.

For Falkville, Heath Alford had 18 points, and Steven Lindsey contributed 10.

Hatton girls 64, Speake 35: The Lady Hornets won the girls crown of the Speake tournament with a balanced scoring attack, which included 11 different players scoring at least two points.

Morgan Peebles and Paige Rutherford each had 10 points, while Kaitlyn Fleming pulled down nine rebounds. Grace Harrison and Chloe Malone each had eight rebounds.

Big Blue Classic

Brewer boys 80, East Limestone 72: Rusty Boyd scored 18 points as the host Patriots won third place in the inaugural Big Blue Classic at Brewer High.

Kohl Sowder added 14 points, while Rodney Childs had 12 points and Jeremy Widener 11.

For East Limestone, Marvin Baker scored 20 points, and Mario Matthews had 19.

Lawrence County boys 91, Columbia 81, OT: Myles King had 37 points, five rebounds, seven assists and six steals as the Red Devils (12-5) won in overtime in a seventh-place game.

Durman Cunningham added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Chasten Echols had 12 points. Cody Harville contributed nine points, six rebounds, seven steals and five blocked shots.

Baldwin County boys 75, Hartselle 64: In a physical game in which the two teams combined for 55 foul shots, Hartselle fell in a fifth-place game.

Tyler Young led the Tigers with 14 points, and Jackson Holmes added 11 points. For Baldwin County, Ronnie Starker had 19 points.

Elkmont Tournament

Ardmore boys 54, West Limestone 48, OT: Matthew Clem poured in 22 points to lead the Tigers into the Elkmont Lions Club Christmas Tournament finals.

They will play either Westminster or Elkmont today.

Jake Stagner added eight points for Ardmore, which outscored West Limestone 13-7 in the extra period.

For West Limestone, Zane Campbell had 22 points.

When States Collide

Franklin County (Tenn.) boys 58, Decatur Heritage 43: De’el Watkins paced the Eagles (11-7) in the tournament finals by scoring 15 points. He made 5 of 7 free throws.

Zach Woodruff added 13 points. Brandon Little pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and passed out a pair of assists.

For Franklin County, Giordani Taylor scored 15 points.

NW Alabama Tournament

Athens girls 76, Sheffield 54: Ranked fifth in Class 5A, Athens bounced back from a 66-45 loss to Thompson the previous day to clinch third place in the tournament.

Keona Shoulders had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Athens (12-3), while Courtney Medlen scored 19 points, passed out 12 assists and sank five 3-pointers.

Sierra Caudle had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Brittney Hovell pulled down 12 rebounds.

Afterward, Athens coach Eddie Murphree said he appreciated the intensity his team showed a day after a tough loss.

“After last night’s struggle, I’m real pleased with the way we came back. ... We’ve got a long way to go, but I like where we’re at right now,” Murphree said.

Oneonta Tournament

Priceville boys 59, Billingsley 35: Josh Bedwell paced the Bulldogs with 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

JaColby Reid added 12 points for Priceville, which will play Cherokee County today at 2:30 p.m.

Etowah Tournament

Alexandria girls 39, Danville 37: Bethany Evans had 17 points to lead the Lady Hawks in the finals of the Holiday of Hoops Tournament at Etowah. Lauren Simmons added 12 points for the Lady Hawks.

New Hope Tournament

Geraldine boys 66, Danville 55: Danville’s Zack Orr scored 33 points but it wasn’t enough in a consolation bracket game. David Long added 10 points.

For Geraldine, Derrick Williams scored 17 points, and David Bryant added 16.

Deshler Tournament

R.A. Hubbard boys 49, Hazlewood 48: Finnis Hogan had 15 points and five assists for R.A. Hubbard in its victory over rival Hazlewood.

Keginald Harris and D.J. Jones each scored 11 points for Hazlewood.

Curry Tournament

Curry girls 53, Addison 50: Jessy Willingham had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Addison, while Britney Taylor added 10 points, four assists and three steals.

West Point Tournament

Cold Springs boys 63, West Morgan 61: The Rebels fell in the semifinals to drop into today’s third-place game against host West Point.

Phillip Powell paced West Morgan (10-5) with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Micah Randolph added 11 points and seven rebounds. David Pritchard had 10 rebounds.

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