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Ardmore's Jennifer Mills cradles the ball after falling to the floor under pressure from Lawrence County's Nakia McDaniel, left, and Jasma McDonald during the Lady Red Devils sub-regional win in Moulton on Thursday night.
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Ardmore's Jennifer Mills cradles the ball after falling to the floor under pressure from Lawrence County's Nakia McDaniel, left, and Jasma McDonald during the Lady Red Devils sub-regional win in Moulton on Thursday night.

Lady Red
Devils revel

Top-ranked Deshler
awaits Lawrence Co.

By Josh Cooper
Jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

MOULTON — Some of the best action in Lawrence County High's 71-49 win over Ardmore in the Northwest sub-regional game occurred in the student sections of both schools.

The two rivals playfully bantered back and forth Thursday night, but in the end, the Lady Red Devils' fans had the ultimate trump card. As the game wore down, they sang, "Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

"Our student section has been fabulous," Lawrence County coach Kenny Coffey said. "That's what they do with everybody we play. They get creative."

Next up, however, is a serious assignment for Lawrence County (29-4) — four-time defending Class 4A state champion Deshler. The Lady Red Devils and Deshler, ranked first in the final regular-season poll, will meet Thursday at noon in the Northwest Regional at Wallace State-Hanceville.

Deshler advanced with a 91-42 win over Hamilton.

"To us, that's tough enough to play them. It's going to be hard," Lawrence County's Sallie Burch said. "They've put us out four years straight. We're just going to try to hang with them."

Despite the off-court antics taking center stage for parts of Thursday's game, the Lady Red Devils' on-court dominance did not have a central theme. No one particular player stepped up, and there wasn't any single aspect of the game where the Lady Tigers were outplayed. One team was more balanced than the other was, and it showed on the scoresheet.

Burch led the Lady Red Devils (29-4) with 18 points.

She was one of three players who scored in double digits. Shea Mason had 15 and Nakia McDaniel chipped in 14 points.

“We say if you’re open, then take the shot,” Burch said. “If one of us is having a bad game, the other ones pick up. We have a lot of good chemistry.”

Hailey Drake led Ardmore (14-14) with 13 points, and Lauren Atchley added 11.

The Lady Red Devils had two good quarters sandwiched between two bad quarters.

They allowed 17 points in the first quarter but still scored 23 to grab a six-point lead. Then in the next two, they began scoring baskets in transition to create a sizable margin.

The Lady Red Devils had an 11-1 run in the final 2:30 to close out the second and started the third in similar fashion, scoring the first eight points.

In the second and third quarters alone, Lawrence County outscored the Lady Tigers 35-15.

“We ran some good sets,” Coffey said. “We also had the transition game going.”

The Lady Red Devils were outscored 17-13 in the fourth quarter when Ardmore started pressing and trapping.

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