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Austin's China McDaniel shoots over Tanner's Whitley Mayberry in Tanner's 56-50 win Friday night.
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Austin's China McDaniel shoots over Tanner's Whitley Mayberry in Tanner's 56-50 win Friday night.

Lee passes 1,500
points for career

From Staff Reports

Decatur Heritage senior Candace Lee poured in 22 points and reached a career scoring milestone in the Lady Eagles' 48-44 home win over Westminster Christian on Friday.

Lee, a 5-foot-7 guard, passed the 1,500-point plateau. She now has 1,518 for her career.

In addition, she pulled down five rebounds and passed out five assists for Decatur Heritage (12-13).

"She's meant everything to us," Decatur Heritage coach John Cochran said. "She has been a six-year starter — she's started since she was in seventh grade.

"She's had to overcome facing double-teams every game. She's overcome having to shoulder a lot of the scoring load, like in a game earlier this year against Athens when we had 32 points, and she had 26 of them."

Cochran added that Lee is a straight-A student and was voted homecoming queen this year. "Those are things that exemplify what kind of person she is," Cochran said.

Lee got plenty of help in Friday's victory, however.

Brittany Denson had 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. Lou Ellen Thompson added seven points.

Westminster Christian (22-4) got 15 points apiece from Marlanne Johnson and Mandy Lowman.

Arab 53, Hartselle 44: Arab, ranked third in Class 5A, knocked off No. 2 Hartselle at home behind 36 points from Auburn signee Alli Smalley.

Smalley added five rebounds and made 12 of 13 free throws. Nobody else on the Arab roster had more than six points.

For Hartselle, Jessi Smith scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Lauren Drake added 11 points and nine rebounds, and Mary Virginia Reeves had nine points and seven rebounds.

Kristen Sparkman sank nine of 10 free throws and scored 11 points in Danville's home win.

Danville 55, Priceville 45: Bethany Evans led the Lady Hawks (16-11) with 18 points, and Lauren Simmons had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Priceville's Keila Hamlin had 11 points to lead her team.

West Limestone 58, Columbia 42: Elizabeth Dison paced the West Limestone victory with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Natalie Harrison added 13 points, and Morgan Adams contributed 12. Heidi Taylor pulled down 13 rebounds.

For Columbia, Kiara Langford scored 14 points.

Red Bay 50, Speake 37: Kylie Black had 12 points in a road loss to Red Bay, and Malea Hensley added 11.

Britney Scott had 13 points for Red Bay, and Aleshia Nelson added 10.

Mount Hope 48, Cherokee 34: Anna Roberson's 18 points paced Mount Hope (11-10) to a home win.

Tamara Robinson added 17 points and five rebounds, and Laura Rutherford pulled down 15 rebounds to go along with her five points. Haley Flannagan contributed nine rebounds and five assists.

East Lawrence 42, Muscle Shoals 29: Paige Hood had 23 points, and LaKendra Wright added nine as the Lady Eagles pushed past Muscle Shoals.

Jasmine Hammond paced Muscle Shoals with 11 points.

Lexington 82, Hatton 45: Grace Harrison scored 13 points to pace the Lady Hornets, while Kaitlyn Fleming added 10. Lexington's Loren Olive had 21 points.

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