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Danville High’s Chelsea Keenum, rear, blocks a layup attempt by West Morgan’s Ashley Thorn in the Morgan County Tournament at Priceville on Tuesday night. Keenum was called for a foul on the play, but the Lady Hawks won.
Hartselle has 11 score in rout over Danville
By Paul Stackhouse
PRICEVILLE — There were no heroes or standout players in Hartselle High boys’ 77-39 victory over Danville on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Morgan County Tournament.
The Tigers displayed a balanced offensive with 11 of 13 players putting points on the board.
All 13 players received ample playing time. According to Hartselle coach Johnny Berry, every player on his roster received valuable playing time with the non-starters getting much needed game experience.
“We very well may need that experience Friday night when we play Falkville,” Berry said. “It’s always a good thing when you can get everybody in the game. All players didn’t just get in the game, but they all got in plenty of minutes. It was a good team win and it was a well-rounded win at all levels of the game.”
With the victory, third-seeded Hartselle (13-12) moved into the semifinals against second-seeded Falkville.The two teams will play Friday at 8 p.m. at the Priceville High gymnasium. Falkville drew an opening-round bye that automatically moved the Blue Devils into the semifinals.
Jackson Holmes led Hartselle with 13 points, and Luke Bole finished with 10.
Zack Orr led Danville (2-18) with 23 points.
Hartselle led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and carried a 32-19 cushion into halftime.
The Hawks were able to pull within five points (18-13) midway through the second period after Orr raced past the Hartselle defense for a layup.
With 2:08 remaining in the third quarter, Wesley Clemons made a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a solid 47-26 lead. Hartselle went on to lead 49-29 going into the final period and cruised from there into the semifinals.
“We definitely played better in the second than we did in the first,” Berry said. “We were not making the right reads in the first half, and we didn’t execute as well as I thought we should. We went in very serious at halftime and discussed a few things and made the right adjustments.”
Danville girls 43, West Morgan 30: With the win, the Lady Hawks earned a berth in the semifinals Friday night where they will play Brewer, which received a bye.
Alaina Fitzgerald led Danville (14-10) with 14 points. Lauren Simmons also scored double figures with 10 points.
Mikaila Etheredge led West Morgan with eight points.
Danville coach Paul Wilson was pleased with the Lady Hawks’ defensive play. “I was impressed with our zone press,” Wilson said. “We got a lot of big baskets off of our press.
“I thought we got sloppy with things towards the end, and West Morgan got after us. We’re just excited to be playing Friday night.”
Danville led 12-3 at the end of the first quarter and 22-14 at the half. The Lady Hawks managed to push their advantage further, leading 36-25 at the end of the third quarter.
Thursday night in the Morgan County Tournament finds the Priceville Lady Bulldogs facing Hartselle at 6:30 to be followed by the Priceville boys, who are playing West Morgan.
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