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Rattlers don’t
tire of winning

Tanner captures 6th straight county title while East Limestone wins girls

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

TANNER — Another year, another county title for Tanner.

The Tanner High boys basketball team won their sixth straight Limestone County Tournament championship with a 59-41 win Saturday night over West Limestone.

“Our team has had a lot of success in the county tournament,” Tanner senior Rod Byrd said. “It’s something that Coach (Chris) Whitt expects us to win every year.

“I’m happy but sad at the same time. It’s my last one but it feels good to go out with a win.”

The two teams went into the second quarter tied at 9, but Tanner’s Demarcus King sank two straight 3-pointers to give the Rattlers a 15-11 lead.

After that, Tanner didn’t trail.

“We didn’t shoot very well in the first half,” Whitt said. “We didn’t shoot well in the first half against Elkmont on Friday night and was a little worried that we might do that tonight, and we did.”

Tanner went into halftime leading 27-21. West Limestone outscored the Rattlers 11-10 in the third period, but the Rattlers took control in the final quarter.

Byrd helped the Rattlers go on a 10-0 run with just under six minutes remaining in the fourth period. He scored eight of his 15 points in the final quarter.

“I knew my team needed me to step up,” Byrd said. “Every time I got the ball I tried to make something happen.”

Added Whitt: “Rod knows when he has to take over. He’s the type of guy that you want to have on your team.”

King led Tanner (21-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Clay McMeans added 12 points and six rebounds for the Rattlers.

Zane Campbell led West Limestone with 19 points and 14 rebounds for West Limestone.

“This was the third time we’ve played West Limestone this season,” Whitt said. “We held Zane (Campbell) to just 11 points the last time we faced them. We had to know where he was at all times tonight to be able to control him.”

East Limestone girls 67, Tanner 53: The East Limestone girls captured their first Limestone County Tournament title in five years with the Saturday night win over Tanner in the finals.

The Lady Indians led 18-15 after the first period of play, but the Lady Rattlers rallied to tie it at 33 at halftime.

“I told our girls at halftime to go out and keep doing what they were doing,” East Limestone head coach Brian Wagnon said. “Everything we did tonight, we did to a ‘T.’ They did a great job of playing as a team.”

East Limestone took control in the third period with an 11-0 run and never looked back.

The Lady Indians did it despite not having mainstay Shenika Harris in the lineup. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of her knees Thursday night. Raveen Pride replaced her in the lineup.

“Raveen (Pride) did an awesome job of stepping up for us tonight,” Wagnon said. “She did a great job of shutting Hollye (Keenum) down in the second half.”

Keenum finished with 23 points. Cecily Woods added with 15 points and five rebounds for Tanner (17-8), and Diedra Troup added 10.

Ebony McCrary and Danielle Jefferson each had 21 points to lead East Limestone (17-5). Emily Brackeen followed with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Danielle Bender added 10 points.

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