ODENVILLE – The most dramatic game of the St. Clair County Basketball Tournament was the varsity girls’ finals between Springville and Moody. The game wasn’t decided until overtime, with a 47-45 hard-fought victory by the Lady Tigers over the Lady Blue Devils.
SCCHS 32, Ragland 22
The St. Clair County Lady Saints advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 32-22 victory over the Ragland Lady Purple Devils.
St. Clair jumped out to a 6-2 lead three minutes into the game.
Ragland took a 7-6 lead with one minute left in the first quarter.
With eight seconds left, Ragland’s Makenzie Campbell hit a shot, was fouled on the play, and made the free throw to give the Lady Purple Devils a 10-6 lead after one. Ragland ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run.
The Lady Saints scored the first four points of the second quarter to tie the game at 10-10 with 2:37 remaining before halftime.
Jaycee Haynes nailed a trey with 10 seconds remaining to give St. Clair a 15-12 lead. The halftime score was 15-13.
SCCHS continued to cause Ragland problems with its smothering defense.
Mackenzie Wells hit a trey with five minutes left to make it 21-13. The Lady Saints were on a 6-0 run to start the third quarter.
Ragland finally scored on a free throw by Campbell with 4:47 left.
St. Clair’s lead was 24-17 headed into the fourth quarter.
Haynes nailed her second trey of the game with 6:41 remaining to give the Lady Saints a 28-19 lead.
Leading the Lady Saints was Haynes and Wells with nine points each. Kensley Harrell added seven points while Chole Henderson totaled three points. Maddie Horton and Ambria Smith had two points each.
Leading Ragland was Campbell with nine points. Sammie Day-Jones scored eight points while Jewel Ferguson had five.
Moody 52, SCCHS 34
The Lady Blue Devils advanced to the championship game by defeating St. Clair County 52-34.
A trey by Moody’s Kayla Ellis gave the Lady Blue Devils a 9-3 lead with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter. She nailed another trey to make it 12-6 with 1:43 left. The score was 14-9 after the first period.
Moody outscored the Lady Saints 10-4 in the first six minutes of the second quarter to make it 24-13. Ellis hit a shot at the buzzer to make the halftime score 31-16.
SCCHS won the scoring battle in the third quarter 11-8 to make it 39-27, but in the fourth quarter, Diamond Mostella hit three shots in a row down the stretch as Moody won 53-34.
Mostella was the leading scorer for Moody as she pumped in 25 points. Ellis added 18 points while Leah Williams netted four points. Lilly Crowe scored three points while Alysa Fowler had two points.
Leading SCCHS was Haynes with 12 points. Harrell, Horton and Wells scored five points each, while Rikyia Robinette netted three points. Smith and Kaitlin Twamley had two points each.
Springville 53, Ashville 27
The Lady Tigers advanced to the title game to play Moody after they defeated Ashville 53-27.
With the score 8-6 in favor of Springville, the Lady Tigers went on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter with a 16-6 lead.
Ashville managed only three points in the second quarter while the Lady Tigers scored 15 to take a 31-9 halftime lead.
Springville also won the scoring battle in the second half 22-18 to win 53-27.
Leading the Lady Tigers were Macy Freeman and Riley Barrett with 14 points each. Hannah Roberts pumped in seven points while Makalyn Kyser added six points. Abby Talton chipped in five points while Allison Willingham netted four points. Piper Long totaled two points while Heather LeVan scored one point.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Francis Landaverde with eight points. Riley Wilbanks added seven points while Carley Thomason scored six points. Lexi Beatty chipped in four points while Erika Williams had two points.
Springville 47, Moody 45 (OT)
In a game that went right down to the wire in overtime, Springville edged Moody 47-45 to win the varsity girls’ championship.
The Lady Tigers opened the game with an 11-2 lead after one quarter of play. It was the largest lead for either team.
The second quarter belonged to Moody as they held Springville to just two points while scoring 13 themselves to take a 15-13 halftime lead.
The two teams battled back and forth in the third quarter with the Lady Blue Devils still holding on to a 25-24 lead.
With 3:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, Moody had a 35-30 lead. The lead was still at five (38-33) with 1:19 remaining.
Springville scored the next four points to make it 38-37 with under a minute left.
With 19 seconds remaining, Springville’s Long hit one-of-two free throws to tie the game at 38-38 and send it into overtime.
Moody scored first in the extra period on a jumper by Ellis to make it 40-38. Springville’s Kyser hit two free throws to tie the game again at 40-40.
Ellis scored the next three points on free throws as Moody took a 43-40 lead with two minutes left.
Long hit a shot with 1:40 remaining to make it 43-42, and then hit one-of-two free throws after being fouled to tie the game at 43-43 with 1:10 left to play.
Ellis, who scored 32 of her teams’ 45 points, hit another shot with 46 seconds left to give Moody a 45-43 lead.
But Springville would score the final four points of the game as LeVan scored a bucket and Piper hit two free throws down the stretch to make the final score 47-45.
Three Springville players scored in double figures and leading the way was Barrett with 13 points. Long and Roberts added 10 points each. Kyser scored six points while LeVan and Talton added four points each.
Ellis’ 32 points led all scorers. Mostella pumped in eight points while Fowler chipped in three points. Williams had two points.
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