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Lawrence Co. girls, boys area champs
King, Inman direct Red Devils attack

By Paul Stackhouse 340-2460

MOULTON — Payback, with interest.

That is how the Lawrence County High boys basketball team described its 76-60 Class 4A, Area 15 tournament championship win over Priceville on Friday night.

The Red Devils avenged a regular-season loss Jan. 9 where Priceville rolled to a 62-60
victory in front of the Lawrence County home student

Both teams advance to the sub-regional round. With the win, Lawrence County (22-9) hosts East Limestone on Friday night, while Priceville will travel Friday to play Madison County.

"We've been looking forward to this game for a long time," said Lawrence County senior guard Will Inman, who finished with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.

"We've been hoping we would get a chance to play them again. We were pretty fired up last time, but it was nothing compared to how fired up we were tonight."

Lawrence County led 24-15 at the end of the first quarter and 39-28 at halftime.

The Red Devils outscored the Bulldogs 23-11 in the third period, something they are not accustomed to doing.

"That's not the way a lot of our third quarters have been this season," Inman said. "The third quarter has been the quarter where we've scored the fewest points — not tonight."

Inman drained a 3-pointer with 2:46 remaining in the game to give Lawrence County a commanding 55-35 lead. It was all the Red Devils needed to take the championship trophy.

Myles King led Lawrence County in scoring with 20 points. Besides Inman's 17 points, Cody Harville also hit double figures with 13 points. Chasten Echols finished with 10.

"We had all of our cylinders firing tonight," Harville said. "Our student section played a big role in keeping us fired up. The are definitely our team's sixth man."

Josh Bedwell led Priceville (15-17) in scoring with 25 points, 12 of which came from beyond the 3-point arc. Bedwell also pulled down 10 rebounds. K.C. Green and Karey Christy had 10 points each.

Durman Cunningham had a team-high nine rebounds for Lawrence County with Harville grabbing eight. Harville also was credited with eight blocked shots.

Lawrence County coach Stanley Johnson said the win is the best game his team has played all season.

"We were a whole different team out there," Johnson said. "They created a terrific atmosphere that I've never seen before. It's the first time this year where we responded great to everything I threw at them."

Lawrence County girls 52, East Lawrence 39: With the victory, the Lady Red Devils earned the right to host Ardmore on Thursday night in a sub-regional game.

East Lawrence will travel Thursday to play East Limestone.

"I was pleased some things we did tonight and I wasn't pleased with several things," Lawrence County coach Kenny Coffey said. "We had four players to score double digits. Balanced scoring is usually a good thing — I'd say it was a good thing against East Lawrence.

"We have got to work on rebounding and our free throws. We were not putting our bodies on people like we should have. If we don't get better with those two, I don't see us going much farther."

East Lawrence had 39 rebounds compared to 36 for Lawrence County. Paris Davis pulled down 11 rebounds for the Lady Eagles, and Patrice Hill had nine.

Shea Mason led Lawrence County in rebounding with 10, while Sallie Burch pulled down eight. Burch also had seven assists.

Burch and Nakia McDaniel led Lawrence County (27-4) in scoring with 13 points each. Jasma McDonald and Mason finished with 11 points each.

"I'm thrilled and excited about the way we played," McDonald said.

"We all had a good effort and we all played hard. We have to work on our rebounding and a few other things, but overall I'm pleased. Hey, it's a win."

Paige Hood led East Lawrence (15-13) in scoring with 17 points.

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