NE Regional: Holly Pond girls shoot their way into 3A Final Four
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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JACKSONVILLE — Holly Pond’s girls used their 3-point aim to take control of Saturday’s Northeast Regional Class 3A girls final.

The Broncos hit 10 of 25 tries from beyond the arc and defeated Ashville 55-39 in Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Holly Pond (29-5), which beat Piedmont during the regional semifinals, will play South Regional champion Opp or Straughn in the AHSAA 3A semifinals on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex.

Opp and Straughn play later today.

Ashville, which went 0-for-9 on 3-pointers Saturday, finished 28-4.

Taylor Terry led Holly Pond with 14 points. Natasha Holcombe hit a team-high three 3-pointers and tied teammate Taylor Rowell with 11 points.

Every Holly Pond starter hit at least one 3-pointer. Four hit two or more, and Holly Pond shot better behind the 3-point line (40 percent) than overall (38.6).

“That’s our best 3-point shooting game of the year, and I knew that we had to have that,” Holly Pond coach Scott Adams said. “Points in the paint are hard to get against them.”

Ashville got 10 points apiece from Autumn Swearengin and Lakeivia Looney.

Sports Columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter @jmedley_star.

Editor's note: This story has been modified from its original version to correct the venue of Holly Pond's state semifinal game Wednesday. The game will be played at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex.

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