News from the Tennessee Valley Sports

Hubbard girls swat Hornets in OT
Speake boys open tourney with win

From staff reports

R.A. Hubbard’s girls basketball team opened the Lawrence County Tournament in Moulton with a thrilling 78-75 double-overtime win over Hatton.

The Lady Hornets won a December matchup 61-48.

Seeded fourth, R.A. Hubbard will play top-seeded Lawrence County on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Against Hatton, R.A. Hubbard got 16 points each from Sacashla Hampton and Travia Ashford. Chasity Puryear added 13 points, while Dezsarae Ricks pitched in 12 and Bernisha Harris 10.

Hampton added 19 rebounds, and Ricks had 16.

For Hatton, Grace Harrison had 18 points and six rebounds, and Erin Shelton added 15 points.

Breanna Culver had 13 points, six assists and five steals. Chloe Malone contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

Speake boys 65, East Lawrence 60: Juarez Fitzgerald scored 21 points and five assists to lift Speake into the semifinals.

The Bobcats, seeded fifth, will face No. 1-seeded Hazlewood on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Jacob Moody added 17 points, five rebounds and six blocked shots.

Javaris Stover pitched in 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.

Dakota Matthews had 19 points and four rebounds for fourth-seeded East Lawrence, and Russ Stephenson and Roy Young each added 12 points.

Other games

Russellville boys 61, Hartselle 56: Hartselle earned a 54-54 tie with 30 seconds to go, but Russellville’s Corey Trapp nailed a 3-pointer to give his team the lead for good.

Jackson Holmes paced Hartselle (12-12) with 16 points, and Alex Brown added 11.

For Russellville (14-5), Trapp scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers.

Hartselle girls 65, Russellville 41: Lauren Drake paced Hartselle, ranked second in Class 5A, with 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Jessi Smith added 10 points and five assists, while Jessica Andrews passed out seven assists to go with seven points.

Russellville’s Sasha Willingham scored 11 points.

Athens Bible girls 44, Catholic 34: Kirsten McClure had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four steals for Athens Bible (5-17), which overcame a 24-10 halftime deficit.

Christina Ivey added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Katie Eubanks had 10 points. Lindsey McClure made four steals.

For Catholic (5-15), Kaeci Libarios scored 13 points.

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