Rated No. 1 among Class 1A girls teams in last week’s final Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings, Spring Garden started Tuesday on the path supporters of the Panthers hope will lead them to the AHSAA state championship that eluded them so cruelly at the close of the 2017 title game.  

The Panthers played Jacksonville Christian, a team they defeated handily twice during the regular season, Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Class 1A, Area 10 tournament at Spring Garden. The Area 10 championship game is set for Friday at 7 p.m.

Area 10 meets Area 15 in sub-region play Monday. Decatur Heritage is the favorite in Area 15. Lindsay Lane was No. 2 during the regular season and Whitesburg Christian No. 3. Area 10’s champion hosts the runner-up from Area 15 and the Area 10 runner-up plays at the Area 15 winner.

Spring Garden completed the regular season with a 71-33 win over Weaver at home Saturday, improving to 25-3 overall. The Panthers led 49-24 at halftime then outscored the Bearcats 15-0 in the third quarter. Tiyonna Rogers scored 25 points and captured 11 rebounds. Macy Reedy hit four 3-point baskets and was 2-for-2 at the foul line for 14 points. Payton McGinnis scored nine points, Chloe Jarrett six and Neely Welsh five. A.J. Broome, Katie Williams, Kerstin Bryant and Madison Jennings added three points apiece. Bryant dished out six assists and made four steals. Broome had six boards and five assists.

Playing at Ranburne on Friday, the Panthers won 57-30. Rogers had 21 points and nine rebounds. McGinnis scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Bryant scored five points, Jarrett four and Jennings three. Lexy Adkison, Broome, Reedy, Welsh and Williams each scored two points.           

Spring Garden traveled to take on Georgia power Haralson County on Jan. 30, looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Rebels, but was defeated 48-40. Reedy had four triples and 13 points. McGinnis and Rogers each scored nine points. Broome had four points, Williams three and Bryant two. Rogers led in rebounds with 11. Bryant made three steals and had three assists.