AHSAA 6A, Area 14 Basketball
At Decatur Gymnasium:
Cullman 26 19 17 15 - 77 (18-6, 1-1)
Decatur 17 13 12 5 - 47 (1-17, 0-2)
CULLMAN: Alexandria Barker 21, Reagan Quattlebaum 12, Olivia Neal 11, A.K. Eastman 9, Jaden Winfrey 9, Sadie Young 9, Cortlin Cueller 3, Kenslee Borden 2, Hannah Hoffman 2
DECATUR: Zoey Sales 14
Cullman 5 8 22 10 - 45 (15-8, 0-2)
Decatur 9 12 16 26 - 63 (10-10, 1-1)
CULLMAN: Tucker Ganmbrill 12, Brennan Anderson 7, Jayden Sullins 11, Jimne hau Le 3, Cooper Beck 5, Robert Goolsby 2, JT White 5
DECATUR: Kenneth Sales 27, Omar Porter 15
FLASH NOTES: Decatur's sparkling new gymnasium has been a very good place for the Cullman Lady Bearcats. In playing there four times, the Lady 'Cats have come out on top three times.
Cullman was 2-1 in the Decatur Orthopedic Clinic Classic December 26-28, whipping up om Homewood, before losing to Austin in the quarterfinals, then defeating Athens in its last assignment at the new place.
Tuesday night, the Lady Bearcats soared to 45 first half points, getting 26 on the scoreboard through the opening 8:00 minutes.
Coach Josh Hembree's unit would display balance as the starters accounted for 43 points and the reserves combined for 34.
It was an unforgettable evening for Alexandria Barker. The senior had her best outing in front of Sportspage, scoring 21 points, including her first three-pointer of the season.
Barker tallied two consecutive field goals in the third period off assists from Hannah Hoffman that sent Cullman to a 62-42 lead at the end of the quarter.
Reagan Quattlebaum tallied two free throws and a field goal in a span of 60 seconds during the fourth, raising the lead to 72-44. The running clock became a part of the final 3:49 on a three-point play from Jaden Winfrey that pushed the advantage to 75-44.
Quattlebaum closed out the scoring on a jumper with 3:00 to play and Cullman had 77 points, the most it has scored in four visits to the Decatur campus.
Cullman has matched its win total of 18 victories from the 2017-18 season. The Lady 'Cats are in good position to add to the victory total before the postseason with half a dozen games still to play between Thursday and February 1.
Cullman's shooting was much colder than the 33-degree temperature outside Decatur's gymnasium.
The Bearcats scored a field goal 30 seconds into the contest by J.T. White. They went on an awful drought, failing to hit another field goal until the 3:32 mark of the second when Cooper Beck scored off an assist from Jayden Sullins and the 'Cats were down 13-9.
Bobby Meyer's squad entered the locker room, looking at a 21-13 deficit. They began the third with a close range shot going in from Sullins and trailed 21-15. Then the Red Raiders went on a 12-2 run and took a 33-17 lead on a tip in with 4:43 remaining in the third.
Down but never out, the Bearcats finally found their shooting eye and also used points from the foul line, cutting the score to 37-35 when the quarter ended.
But another letdown in making shots did them in during the fourth. Cullman's first field goal in the last stanza came at 5:10 by White to trim the bulge to 45-39.
Decatur then regrouped and a slam with 2:43 showing, sent them into a double figure cushion of 51-40.
The Red Raiders knocked down their final 10 attempts from the free throw line to gain a split in area play after two decisions. Decatur fell to Hartselle at home last week. Cullman was defeated by Hartselle last Friday on the home floor.
Up next for Cullman: Vs. Arab Thursday 6:00, 7:30 p.m.
Up next for Decatur: At Hartselle Friday 6:00, 7:30.
Hanceville 53, Vinemont 26 (G)
Hanceville 80, Vinemont 41
Fairview 44, Holly Pond 42 (G)
Fairview 91, Holly Pond 79
Hartselle 42, West Point 34 (G)
Hartselle 94, West Point 68
St. Bernard 38, Lynn 31 (G)
Susan Moore 52, J.B. Pennington 45
West Morgan 77, Priceville 59
Scottsboro 51, Brewer 46
Susan Moore 62, J.B. Pennington 27 (G)
Priceville 62, West Morgan 19 (G)
Albertville 74, Arab 52 (G)
Brewer 56, Scottsboro 52 (G)
Photo 1: Cullman's Alexandria Barker shoots from foul line in 1st half at Decatur.
Photo 2: Tucker Gambrill of Cullman attempts to take the ball toward the basket.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
HANCEVILLE - Cullman High School's cheerleading squad took home the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state crown in Class 6A Saturday at Wallace State's Tom Drake Coliseum.
The squad consist of seniors Emily Little, Madison Bates, Megan Flynt, juniors Ashton Story, Emily Brown, Elizabeth Baughn, Elizabeth Jones, Lauren Sumerall, Sophie Harrison, Sydney Ratliff, sophomores Averi Wallace, Katelyn Kress.
Erica Ball is the head coach, with Lacy Stancil and Joshua Stancil serving as the assistants.
Photo 1: 6A state cheerleading champion Cullman High School. Photo by the AHSAA.
Photo 2: Cullman in competition Saturday at Wallace State. Photo by AL.com
At Lawrence County Gymnasium - Moulton:
Cullman 17 29 12 15 - 73 (10-1)
Lawrence Co 13 16 14 12 - 55 (4-6)
CULLMAN: Mason Herron 10, Jayden Sullins 9, Cooper Beck 9, Noah Bussman 8, JD Parrish 3, Tucker Gambrill 7, Jaden Orr 8, Robert Goosby 6, J.T. White 2, Brennan Anderson 4, Caleb Heatherly 7.
LAWRENCE CO: Garrett Lee 17, Sabatian Terry 15, John Humphries 8, Malik Strickland 8.
Cullman 20 11 25 13 - 69 (10-1)
Lawrence Co 8 5 7 2 - 22 (1-5)
CULLMAN: A.K. Eastman 14, Jada Winfrey 14, Olivia Neal 12, Kortlin Cuellar 6, Anna Murphy 2, Sadie Yoing 7, Ragan Quattlebaum 5, Alexandria Barker 6, Kinslee Borden 3.
FLASH NOTES: Cullman's productive second quarter of a 29-16 advantage was the difference for the Bearcats to extend their winning streak to seven in a row and reach the 10 win total in the first 11 assignments.
Cullman got the offense going in the final 2:37 of the second, turning a 31-26 lead into a 46-29 spread at the half.
Brennan Anderson got a couple of shots to fall that set off the eruption for Bobby Meyer's Bearcats in playing their well-known tempo of "Fast 32."
Jayden Sullins pitched in with two field goals, a steal by Tucker Gambrill and a steal plus a three-point play from Cooper Beck sent Cullman to a 46-27 margin with 33 seconds left in the period.
The 13-point advantage in scoring by the Bearcats in the second allowed them to hold off any comeback tries by Lawrence County the rest of the way.
Lawrence County hung with the 'Cats, scoring wise by a 26 to 27 margin in the second half. They drew within 48-40 midway in the third, but was unable to narrow the deficit any further.
A 66-47 lead at 6:20 in the fourth on a three by Jayden Sullins was cut to 66-54 with 2:06 to go. Then the 'Cats tallied three field goals in a span of 48 seconds to raise the lead to 73-54 with 0:45 to go on a drive to the basket by Sullins.
Sullins had set up the two previous Cullman baskets with good passes in the low post to Caleb Heatherly. Cullman collected six field goals in the fourth and one from the line to move past the 70-point mark for the fifth time on the season.
Coming out with a three-point attack, the Cullman Lady Bearcats had Lawrence County down 14-4 at 4:40 in the first when Jada Winfrey nailed a trey.
A 20-8 lead by the end of the first included four conversions from downtown and eight made shots through the initial 8:00 of play.
Baskets from A.K. Eastman and Olivia Neal, off Lawrence County turnovers in the final 23 seconds of the second, sent Josh Hembree's squad to a 31-13 advantage at the half.
Storming the basket for 25 in the third, Cullman built the lead to as many as 30 points with less than 3:00 to play in the stanza at 44-14 as Barker took a pass from Eastman and scored from close range.
The Lady Bearcats played the final quarter under a running clock, something they have done in seven of their 11 games.
The starters were finished by the 4:00 mark, with Winfrey having her best game of the season in scoring 14 as a reserve. Winfrey nailed two treys down the stretch and had three long rangers in the contest with two field goals and a free throw.
Her scoring took up the slack when starting guard Hannah Hoffman was accidentally struck in the eye on the first score of the game, 17 seconds after tip off. Hoffman would play about 5:00 of the first half and returned to the lineup in a regular role during the second half with Cullman dominating by a 38-9 margin.
Up next for Cullman: Vs. John Carroll Tuesday 6:00, 7:30 p.m.
Addison 47, St. Bernard 21 (G)
Hartselle 49, Bob Jones 32 (G)
Addison 44, St. Bernard 41
Hartselle 47, Bob Jones 38
Photo 1: Cullman's J.T. White contests a shot taken by Lawrence County.
Photo 2: Cullman guard Sadie Young drives by Lawrence Co's Savannah Williams.
Photos courtesy of Cullman High School.
At Cullman Gymnasium:
Jasper 10 14 13 21 - 58 (2-3)
Cullman 19 21 18 14 - 72 (8-1)
CULLMAN: Jayden Sullins 17, Noah Bussman 9, Tucker Gambrill 9, John Parrish 8, Jimne Chau Le 5, Mason Herron 5, Cooper Beck 3, Jaden Orr 3, J.T. White 3, Brennan Anderson 4, Kaleb Heatherly 3, Stephen Gardner 3.
JASPER: John Harrell 15, Ryan Thaler 10, Sheldrick Cherry 9, Trnity Epps 8.
Jasper 4 6 6 5 - 21 (1-4)
Cullman 12 21 17 10 - 60 (8-1)
CULLMAN: A.K. Eastman 12, Ragan Quattlebaum 12, Kortlin Cueller 3, Anna Murphy 4, Jaden Winfrey 4, Sadie Young 6, Hannah Hoffman 2, Olivia Neal 5, Alexandria Barker 6, Kinslee Borden 5.
JASPER: McKinley Ferguson 6, Anna Herring 6.
FLASH NOTES: Cullman goes into December riding a six-game winning streak, a 2-0 home record and eight victories in nine starts.
The Friday night encounter with Jasper was hotly contested. A total of 29 fouls were called in a long first half, that included two technicals on Jasper, one on Cullman, a bench warning against Jasper and Viking players seen by Sportspage taunting the Cullman student section, sitting behind the Bearcat bench as they headed to the locker room at halftime.
Six field goals by the Bearcats in a 21-point second quarter, with treys coming from John Parrish and Tucker Gambrill, enabled the home side to turn a 19-10 advantage after 8:00 into a 40-24 cushion by intermission.
Eight players scoring in the second created balance for Bobby Meyer's squad.
Jasper had a fast start in the third and drew within 40-30 on a 6-0 run. That was as close the Vikings would be for the rest of the evening.
Three times the Bearcats scored from long range on shots from Chau Le, Herron and Gambrill. Cullman tallied six shots in an 18-point period and seven scored during the third with the lead at 58-37 as the final stanza waited the Bearcats and Vikings.
Cullman's largest lead would be at 64-40 with Jasper going on an 18-8 spurt to cut the deficit down to 14 as time expired.
Seven points by Cherry , six from Harrell and six Harrison Saunders accounted for 19 of their 21 points in the final frame.
Cullman completed the final week of November with three wins in defeating Haleyville 66-51 Monday, Brewer 60-49 Thursday and the Friday triumph over Jasper.
Victory returned to the Cullman Lady Bearcats in which they dominated the Lady Vikings with a 21-6 second period assault and a 33-10 lead at the half.
Coach Josh Hembree's Lady Lions were shooting 75 percent from the line through the half on 15 of 20, getting 10 out of 12 in the second period as A.K. Eastman was four of four, Jaden Winfrey four of four and Ragan Quattlebaum two of two in the second.
With six players accounting for seven made shots during the third, the game became one sided and a running clock was on display in the final period.
Quattlebaum's 12 points off the bench was huge to go with Eastman's dozen in a starting role.
The starting five netted 29 points while the bench of Quattlebaum, Cuellar, Winfrey, Young and Borden delivered 31 points. That was balance as Cullman had 27 field goals for the evening and finished 17 of 22 at the stripe, with Eastman seven of eight, Winfrey and Quattlebaum four of four.
Up next for Cullman: Vs. Haleyville Tuesday 6:00, 7:30 p.m.
West Point 72, Hamilton 28 (G)
Susan Moore 76, Hanceville 35 (G)
Photo 1: Cullman coach Bobby Meyer with Jimne Chau Le (3)
(Photo by Cullman Tip Off Club)
Photo 2: Hall of Fame broadcaster Johnny Thornton calling the Cullman games Friday night on the CHS Broadcast Network.
(Photo by CHS Broadcast Network)
At Cullman Gymnasium
Brewer 13 13 14 9 - 49 (2-4)
Cullman 11 19 9 21 - 60 (7-1)
CULLMAN: Jayden Sullins 23, Cooper Beck 11, Jimne Chau Le 2, Noah Bussman 7, Tucker Gambrill 3, Jaden Orr 4, Robert Goolsby 3, J.T. White 4, Brennan Anderson 2.
BREWER: Tristan Bennett 17, Levi Kelley 7, Michael McLemore 5, Kris Bramblett 6.
Brewer 15 13 9 16 - 53 (4-2)
Cullman 13 6 8 15 - 42 (7-1)
BREWER: Jacie Andrews 12, Hope West 9, Leisha Steger 9, McCarley Northway 9, Hannah Graves 7, Evaiah Burrows 7.
CULLMAN: A.K. Eastman 12, Anna Murhy 5, Sadie Young 2, Ragan Quattlebaum 5, Hannah Hoffman 4, Olivia Neal 6, Alexandria Barker 4, Winfrey 4.
FLASH NOTES: Brewer did everything possible to try and spoil Cullman's home opener Thursday evening. The Patriots clamped down on Jayden Sullins in the third period, keeping him off the scoring column. But Sullins went to work with a 9-point fourth that ignited a 21-9 run and the Bearcats went from a possible upset by the Patriots to winning their fifth in a row.
Sophomore J.T. White was held scoreless through three quarters and came up with two big field goals in the final stanza to add support to Sullins' outing. Cullman came back from a one-point deficit and did it despite shooting just 50 percent at the line (7-14) in the fourth. Free throws late in the game by Bussman and Chau Le was enough to give them breathing room on the scoreboard.
Bennett sparked the Patriots with 13 of his 17 in the second half. Kelley showed a good outing from the line at making five of six and added a field goal for a seven-point evening. The Patriots were on the verge of ending a three-game skid, but managed four shots to go in the final 8:00 and only one point from the line.
Brewer's Lady Patriots stopped a two-game slump in handing the Lady Bearcats their first defeat of the season. Brewer got the lead from 15-13 after the first to 28-19 by the break, controlling the second on a 13-6 advantage. Two baskets from McCarley Northway in period two, plus field goals by Jacie Andrews and Hannah Graves was enough for Brewer to build on the lead.
Cullman trailed 36-27 heading to the fourth and made a game of it with a 7-0 run as Eastman delivered in the final period with eight of her dozen points.
Brewer fought off the challenge by Josh Hembree's Lady 'Cats with back to back buckets in crunch time from Evaiah Burrow and Leisha Steger shooting four of four from the foul line.
The visitors closed out on a 17-8 run and headed back to Morgan County victorious after consecutive losses to Madison Academy and Scottsboro.
Cullman struggled in taking care of the ball that hurt them all evening, plus only scoring a combined 14 points between the second and third period.
The scoring in the first and fourth quarter tallied 28 points.
The night was emotional for the home opener in which the Lady 'Cats honored the late Dr. Garlan Gudger Sr. Gudger was a huge fan of the Lady Bearcats and would sit on the baseline in the Northeast corner of the gymnasium.
The team went to the chair that he occupied and placed a yellow rose to honor him, especially his granddaughter, Alexandria Barker.
The touching moment gave the team spirit with a hard fought first period before the scoring broke down and defeat would greet the Lady 'Cats for the first time after eight games.
Cullman will try to rebound from the defeat when the face Jasper at home Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. before the Bearcats tangle with a pesky Viking team that has lost two games this week by a combined margin of four points.
Photos of Cullman-Brewer varsity and girls games, courtesy of Cullman High School.
Encore Girls Thanksgiving Classic
At Hartselle High School Gymnasium:
Cullman 79, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 76:
FLASH NOTES: Cullman completed its best ever visit to the hoopfest in Morgan County, showing plenty of character when the game went down to the wire.
Cullman and Hillcrest locked up into a 16-16 first quarter tie and went to the locker room even at 32-32.
But in the third, the Lady Bearcats had better results in scoring, getting 21 behind shooting from the perimeter and scoring layups off the press. The Lady 'Cats moved ahead by the score of 53-46.
A technical foul on Hillcrest coach Steven Sims enabled Cullman to score as Hannah Hoffman dropped in one of two from the stripe with 4:04 remaining. The Lady 'Cats led at that time, 65-52.
The technical inspired Hillcrest. Taking advantage of miscues and getting some outside shots to fall, the Lady Patriots cut the double digit deficit to one in the next two minutes.
Then with less than a minute remaining, Hillcrest regained the lead at 76-74.
Staying calm when the pressure went up to a higher level, coach Josh Hembree's Lady 'Cats answered the challenge.
Thanks to the backcourt duo of Hoffman and A.K. Eastman, who rotated at handling the point, Cullman went back in front and finished the contest by scoring the final five points.
A three-point try as time expired from Hillcrest near halfcourt hit the front of the rim and missed.
Cullman headed to Thanksgiving 6-0 on the season and a 3-0 record in three days of hoops in Hartselle.
Eastman delivered 24 points in the latest Cullman victory, getting assistance by Hoffman with 15, Anna Murphy 12, Olivia Neal 10 and Ragan Quattlebaum scoring eight in coming off the bench.
The storyline was at the stripe. In the fourth quarter, Cullman was 22 of 27 as the game endured numerous fouls, three disqualifications by Hillcrest players and a technical against the head coach.
Hoffman had a good stroke at the line by going nine of 11, Eastman seven of eight, Murphy three of four and Quattlebaum four of five.
Cullman's 3-0 record in the round-robin affair was the same as Hartselle and Priceville. The Lady 'Cats avenged a loss to Hillcrest from a game in the tournament a year ago.
Basketball for Cullman was delightful for Thanksgiving week with the Bearcats winnng the 62nd Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament after posting wins in three days over Fairview, Lincoln County and Good Hope. The Bearcats are 5-1 on the young season.
Up next for Cullman: At Haleyville Monday 6:00
Photo 1: Cullman's Ragan Quattlebaum at the line in 1st quarter vs. Hillcrest Wednesday.
Photo 2: Cullman center Alexandria Barker (30) ready for the opening tip.
Photo 3: Cullman guard A.K. Eastman approaches a Hillcrest ball handler.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Lane Horton Gymnasium - Hanceville:
Cullman 22 15 25 12 - 74 (2-0)
Hanceville 12 20 17 12 - 61 (1-1)
CULLMAN: John Parrish 14, Cooper Beck 12, Jayden Sullins 13, Kaleb Heatherly 8, Noah Bussman 6, Jimne Chau Le 5, John White 4, Brennan Anderson 4, Jaden Orr 2, Mason Herron 2, Robert Goolsby 2,
HANCEVILLE: R.J. Evans 18, Fred Ellis 16, Romian Ponchon 12, Damien Johnson 6, Raiden Morgan 4, Ty Bellmon 3.
Cullman 13 24 22 22 - 79 (2-0)
Hanceville 20 11 10 16 - 57 (1-1)
CULLMAN: Olivia Neal 19, Hannah Hoffman 16, Alexandria Barker 10, Anna Murphy 8, A.K. Eastman 9, Sadie Young 6, Ragan Quattlebaum 5, Kinslee Borden 4, Kortlin Cuellar 1.
HANCEVILLE: Malia Howell 26, Kelly Pickett 13, Lauren Roberson 7, Mira Geiser 4, Zoe Joles 2,
FLASH NOTES: For consecutive Tuesdays, the Cullman basketball teams spoiled the opposition's home opener. On Election Night, it was Arab that went down to defeat.
On this Tuesday, Hanceville's Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs fell to the force that was sufficient in both games.
The Bearcats displayed consisteny with 37 points scored per half, turning a 37-32 halftime lead into a 62-49 advantage after the third period.
Four field goals from Parrish in the stanza ignited Bobby Meyer's Bearcats with 25 during the third, their best quarter of the evening.
Quickly in the fourth, the Bearcats went up by as many as 16 when Beck scored to make it 68-52 with less than 6:00 remaining.
In two games, the Bearcats had produced 161 points as 11 players on the roster put their name into the scoring column.
Hanceville shook off a 15-0 deficit after two and half minutes of time elapsed. With Evans, Ellis and Ponchon leading the way, the Bulldogs managed to get within striking distance at the half, trailing 37-32.
A slow start in the third in which they were outscored 11-5 had them behind by double digits and having to play catch up for the remainder of the contest.
This was Stephen Chandler's debut at Lane Horton Gym. Prior to the game, former coach Daniel Wakefield, who retired in the summer, was honored for his 13 years and over 200 wins, putting Hanceville's hoops into respectability.
Cullman's Lady Bearcats are finding the second quarter to their liking. Two games into the season, Josh Hembree's Lady Bearcats have used strong second period scoring to get control of the game.
Trailing 20-13 after the first period, the Lady 'Cats assaulted the basket on a 24-11 advantage and moved ahead at the half by the score of 37-31.
A 28-27 lead by Cullman with 2:34 to go until halftime was stretched to half a dozen on the strength of points by Eastman, Quattlebaum, Neal and Murphy.
Young came off the Cullman bench in the third to deliver back to back treys that put them up 45-37.
A 13-0 run in the final 4:00 enabled the Lady 'Cats to raise the margin to 59-41 and not look back as a close game had become advantage to the visitor.
With Neal, Hoffman and Barker combining for 45 points, Cullman was scoring from the perimeter and in the paint, plus at the foul line.
Free throws from Barker with 3:31 remaining gave the Lady 'Cats a comfortable 71-46 cushion.
Hanceville had a little surge at the end on a pair of threes from Howell, a three-point play by Howell and one trey by Roberson. But time ran out on Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs in falling at home, four days after they pulled off a 59-55 upset in overtime at Jesse George Gym against Cold Springs.
Up next for Cullman: At Huntsville Friday 6:00, 7:30.
Up next for Hanceville: At West Point Friday 6:00, 7:30
Photo 1: Cullman's Jayden Sullins (23) at the line in the 1st quarter against Hanceville.
Photo 2: The opening tip of Cullman-Hanceville girls game at Lane Horton Gym.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Bearcat Volleyball Invitational
At Cullman High School:
FLASH NOTES: Two gymnasiums on the campus of Cullman High School and one at Cullman Middle School were active Saturday in the final day for regular season volleyball in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).
Eighteen teams got together for the Bearcat Invitational, two days before postseason play for 2018 begins.
Saturday was certainly a process for a tuneup before the area tournaments were to be held. Class 2A, 3A, 5A and 6A take to the floor Monday, while 1A, 4A and 7A will play on Tuesday. The area winner and runner-up move on to the Super Regional, with the North to be played next weekend in Huntsville and the South to go to Montgomery.
After falling in the Cullman County championship last Tuesday to Fairview, West Point was back in a groove. The Lady Warriors went to Walker County on Thursday and swept Winfield and Curry.
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors came out on top in Pool C, defeating Madison County two to one, sweeping Central Florence and St. John Paul two games to none.
That gave them a boost heading the 5A, Area 14 Tournament at Moulton Monday. West Point meets Russellville in the semifinal round at 5:15 p.m. The winner qualifies for the Super Regional, and also gets to play in the championship at 6:30 p.m.
Regina Jones' Lady Warriors have established a single season record of 42 wins against just six losses going into the tournament segment of the Bearcat Invitational.
No. 1 ranked Addison from Class 2A was also a participant. The Lady Bulldogs went 3-0 in pool play, including a breath taking 2 to 1 triumph against Cullman. Addison lost 25-19 in the opening set, then won the next two games, 27-25 and 15-12, running their season record to 43-10.
Addison has the 2A, Area 13 Tournament Monday at home. Addison and Sulligent play at 4:00 with the winner to take on Winston County or Tharptown for the title at 7:00 p.m.
Cullman's day in Pool A started with a sweep of Decatur Heritage. Then the Lady Bearcats went into tiebreaking sets, but fell 2-1 to Austin and 2-1 to Addison.
Never the less, it was what coach Meghan Cagle needed for her squad, 19-21 overall to set themselves up in the 6A, Area 14 Tournament Monday in Hartselle. A win over Decatur at 4:30, gives them a trip to the Super Regional. The winner of this battle plays No. 1 seed Hartselle at approximately 6:00 p.m.
While West Point, along with Addison and Holly Pond played in Cullman, county tournament champion Fairview went to the Tournament of Champions at Lawrence County.
In pool play, Fairview swept Belgreen, but lost two to one against Athens, then had a late afternoon assignment against Lawrence County.
The Lady Aggies will host the 4A, Area 11 Tournament Tuesday, playing Ashville at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will meet Good Hope or Oneonta for the championship at 6:00 p.m. Fairview was 47-13 entering the Lawrence County match.
Cold Springs (31-9) hosts the 2A, Area 12 Tournament Monday. The Lady Eagles play Cleveland at 4:00 p.m. with the winner to meet West End or Southeastern for the championship at 7:00 p.m.
Vinemont is the site for Class 3A, Area 13 on Monday. Holly Pond and East Lawrence battle at 4:30 with the winner to take on Vinemont at 5:45 p.m. Vinemont is 20-19, having its best season in years and hosting an area for the first time in quite a while.
The area tournament is the best of five in semifinal and championship play.
Photo 1: Cullman coach Meghan Cagle watches her team play Austin Saturday.
Photo 2: Cullman back row waiting for serve in the match against Austin.
Photo 3: West Point Lady Warriors very happy prior to match with Central Florence.
Photo 4: L-R, Sarah Chapman, Mackenzie Carter, Natalie Pearce of West Point.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton