Golden Bears clinch area title
From Staff Reports
Hazlewood's boys basketball team clinched the 1A, Area 15 regular-season title with a 51-49 overtime win at Decatur Heritage on Thursday night.
It was a last-second shot by Demetrius Garner that sealed the deal in overtime. Hazlewood led after each of the first three quarters, but the contest was tied 45-45 at the end of regulation.
"I felt like we did a good job — we were down and got back in the game," Decatur Heritage head basketball coach Tommy Kyle said.
Tight games are what Kyle said he's come to expect in Area 15 play—which also includes R.A. Hubbard and Athens Bible.
"Those are games every year that we know are going to be great games," Kyle said.
"One of the three of us (Decatur Heritage, R.A. Hubbard and Hazlewood) has been in the Final Four the last 10 years."
Keginald Harris and Kerry Jones led the winning Golden Bears in scoring with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Harris also grabbed eight rebounds.
For Decatur Heritage, Luke Adams was top scorer with 13 points and Nik Butz had a team-best eight rebounds to go along with nine points.
Other boys games
Speake 70, Mount Hope 33: Speake's Jacob Moody led all scorers with 18 points. Teammate K.C. Orr added 16 points and tied Javaris Stover for a team-high nine rebounds for the Bobcats and Juarez Fitzgerald scored 12.
Spencer Arthur was high scorer for Mount Hope with 15.
West Morgan 65, Vinemont 57: Micah Randolph led all scorers, pouring in 20 points for the Rebels and grabbing nine rebounds.
Phillip Powell added 15 points and nine rebounds for the winners.
Grant Harbin had team bests of five assists and five steals and also scored four points.
Brewer 69, Cullman 36: The Lady Patriots were led by Courtney Scott's 16 points and nine rebounds, while teammate Andrea Crawford added 15 points and Heather Childers chipped in 10.
Also for Brewer, Genie Browning had a team-best six assists along with six points.
Speake 65, Mount Hope 41: Kylie Black had a standout night for
the Lady Bobcats, with a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds.
Also for Speake, Malea Hensley scored 11 points with 12 rebounds and six assists, and teammate Revia Brown scored 12.
Mount Hope was led by Tamara Robinson's 11 points and Colie Stancil with 10.
Addison 50, Meek 35: Jessy Willingham gave the Lady Bulldogs 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the win, and teammate Haley Wiggins contributed 10 points.
Hazlewood 77, Decatur Heritage 44: Hazlewood's Amber Jones was the game's high scorer with 17 points and Antionetta Howlet had 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Candace Lee's 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals led Decatur Heritage.
Lady Eagles' teammate Lou Ellen Thompson contributed in 13 points and Brittany Denson had 11.
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