AHSAA 6A, Area 14 basketball
At Hartselle Gymnasium
Cullman 9 9 5 18 - 41 (22-5, 2-2)
Hartselle 26 25 12 3 - 66 (23-4, 4-0)
Cullman: A.K. Eastmon 22, A.G. Murphy 6, Jaden Winfrey 2, Sadie Young 1, Reagan Quattlebaum 2, Hannah Hoffman 1, Olivia Neal 2, Alexandria Barker 2, Kenslee Borden 3.
Hartselle: Moriah Taylor 13, Maysn Marchbanks 10, Kallie Cartee 8, Mackenzie Jackson 10, Lillyann Cartee 6.
Cullman 12 2 16 14 - 44 (18-10, 1-3)
Hartselle 17 28 25 13 - 83 (20-7, 4-0)
Cullman: Noah Bussman 8, Tucker Gambrill 8, JD Parrish 7, Jimne Chau Le 2, Jayden Orr 1, Robert Goolsby 2, Jayden Sullins 6, Brennan Anderson 1, Jacob Heatherly 6.
Hartselle: Brody Peebles 19, Keondre Swoopes 17, Will Stephenson 11
FLASH NOTES: Cullman Lady Bearcats coach Josh Hembree best described what happened Monday evening in one sentence.
"We took it on the chin."
Facing a Hartselle Lady Tiger who was angry after losing in the Morgan County semifinals last Thursday to Brewer on the Hartselle hardwood, the No. 3 team in 6A was ready to release plenty of frustration and the Lady Bearcats were the victim.
Hartselle has two home losses, both coming from schools in the Morgan County system in Priceville and Brewer. That doesn't necessarily set well for Gary Orr's squad.
The Lady Tigers proved their point by taking a 13-0 lead before Cullman got on the scoreboard on free throws from A.K. Eastman with 4:06 to play in the first period.
It never got better. The Lady 'Cats went down 26-9 as Hartselle started strong without it being the main two scorers in Moriah Taylor and Maysn Marchbanks.
The Cartee cousins, Kalli and Lillyanna, combined for the 13-0 assault that inspired the Lady Tigers. Kallie Cartee had the final basket of the first and the home side was in the beginning of a one-sided contest.
A 25-point second period and allowing Cullman just nine points made it 51-18 at halftime.
Cullman's bright spot was the fourth period in an 18-3 advantage with Hartselle starters sitting for the final 8:00 in a running clock affair.
Eastman was the only weapon for Hembree's unit, hitting for 11 in the last period and concluding with 22 points. She had all nine of the team's points through the opening stanza.
The win secured home court for Hartselle for next week's Area 14 tournament. Cullman will play Decatur in the semis with the winner to meet Hartselle for the championship.
A competitive first period for the Cullman Bearcats turned into a nightmare in the second against their arch rival.
Cullman scored one field goal, went in a 7:00 scoring drought, turned the ball over eight times and watched Hartselle drill them for 28 points in the frame and held to the locker room with a very comfortable lead, no one thought that would develop in this rematch from January 11.
Hartselle sophomore Brody Peebles reached the 1,000 mark in his career when he scored on a close range shot at the 5:02 mark of the third. He would score 19 on the night and was honored by his coach, Faron Key, with the gameball, following the Tigers' 20th win of the season.
A 70-30 lead going to the fourth took place on a slam by Will Stephenson that sent the Hartselle student body into a frenzy.
Hartselle finished Area 14 at 4-0 in the regular season and will have home court in the tournament next week.
The dates are to be announced by Wednesday with the teams considering of playing their games together on the same night for it being a 3-team event as the Hartselle squads await the winner of the Cullman-Decatur games.
The regular season finale for the Lady Bearcats and Bearcats takes them to the new gymnasium in Athens on Friday. Both will look to rebound and try to regain momentum that got snatched in aggressive play Monday evening on the road in Hartselle.
West Point 54, Jasper 47 (G)
Jasper 60, West Point 49
Wallace State 87, Snead State 67 (W)
Wallace State 55, Snead State 52
Shelton State 65, Bevill State 63
Lawson State 61, Southern Union 59
Gadsden State 60, Marion Military 57
Southern Union 62, Lawson State 59 (W)
Photo 1: Cullman's A.K. Eastman tries to defend Hartselle's Maysn Marchbanks.
Photo 2: Hartselle's Deondre Swoopes looks to attack Cullman's defense.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
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