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Hartselle girls slay another ranked team

From staff reports

HARTSELLE — In a season of big wins for Hartselle High’s girls basketball team, the Lady Tigers scored perhaps their biggest Saturday night.

In a game rescheduled from November because of Hartselle’s involvement in the state football playoffs, the Class 5A No. 2 Lady Tigers scored a 49-44 win over third-ranked Arab.

“It means a lot to beat a team like that,” Hartselle coach Greg Adams said. “But we’re just trying to work hard and get better each game.”

Hartselle (18-3) has scored five wins over teams ranked in the most recent state poll.

In addition to the win over Arab (14-4), the Lady Tigers have beaten 5A No. 4 Athens twice, 5A No. 6 J.O. Johnson once, 6A No. 8 Carver-Montgomery once and 4A No. 5 Lawrence County once. In addition, they have a win over rival Brewer.

On Saturday, Hartselle did it with strong inside scoring and a matchup zone that limited 5-foot-8 Arab guard Alli Smalley, who signed with Auburn in November.

Smalley scored 16 points but only nine came in the first three quarters as Hartselle built a 13-point lead.

“We tried to be aware of
her wherever she was,” Adams said.

On offense, Hartselle post player Lauren Drake poured in a game-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and forward Mary Virginia Reeves added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

They managed their big numbers despite Arab having 6-1 Kate Hadkova anchoring the middle of the defense.

Adams said that Hartselle tried to draw Hadkova away from the basket.

“Then we got the ball to whoever was open,” Adams said.

The fourth quarter didn’t go as well as the rest of the game for Hartselle, but the Lady Tigers never lost the lead.

“We got a little careless with the basketball,” Adams said.

Hartselle boys 63, Arab 56: The Tigers’ boys team made it a sweep by surviving Arab’s solid long-range shooting.

Arab sank 11 from behind the 3-point arc.

Hartselle (10-11) got 20 points from Jackson Holmes, and nine each from Alex Brown and Tyler Young.

For Arab, Andrew Fortner had 18 points, and Lloyd Dendy managed 14.

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