At Felton Easterwood Gymnasium:
Hanceville 15 18 15 15 - 63 (3-3)
Holly Pond 18 11 5 10 - 44 (1-4)
HANCEVILLE: Kelly Pickett 24, Cassidy Campbell 11, Kierra Merriweather 8, Malia Howell 9, Karmen Johnson 8, Hannah Flanigan 3.
HOLLY POND: Maddie Heatherly 9, Tess Duke 9, McKenna Folds 8, Presley Marks 7, Kirstin Campbell 4, Liz Miller 6, Lili Harris 1.
FLASH NOTES: Hanceville played an effective second quarter, seeing a brief deficit become an advantage for the Lady Bulldogs. A 10-0 run sparked them into the lead as they left the floor up 33-29, despite allowing Holly Pond 11 of 15 free throws and having four players with two or more personal fouls.
Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs adjusted on the foul problem in the second half, playing tough defense to hold Holly Pond to five points in the third and increase the advantage to 48-34 as Johnson, Pickett and Howell scored the final three field goals in the quarter in a span of 43 seconds.
Under new coach Andrew Kelley, Holly Pond kept fighting, with a three by Duke to reduce the margin t o 51-42 with 4:53 left in the game.
Hanceville answered with eight consecutive points, getting six in a row from Pickett, pushing the lead to 59-42 inside the 2:00 mark.
Pickett hit a runner in the lane with 23 seconds remaining to close out the Hanceville scoring in which the Lady Bulldogs won the second half tally by a 30-15 margin.
This was the second win in a row for Watson's squad in returning to action after playing last week in the Encore Classic in Hartselle.
It was the debut for Kelley and the Lady Broncos after playing their first five games on the road with stops in Arab, Fairview and a Thanksgiving Tournament in Jacksonville.
Up next for Holly Pond: Vs. Cold Springs Friday (WKUL-FM)
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Oakman Friday.
Photo 1: Holly Pond's Tess Duke (1) dribbles against Hanceville PG Kelly Pickett.
Photo 2: Holly Pond coach Andrew Kelley and team break huddle after a time out.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Encore Girls Classic Consolation bracket
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Hanceville 18 16 13 12 - 59 (1-3)
Russellville 7 16 10 19 - 52 (0-2)
FLASH NOTES: Hanceville was shorthanded on numbers Tuesday night, but not in heart and desire.
With PG Kelly Pickett handling the show for her team, plus scoring a game high 32 points, Hanceville came out with only six available and led after each period.
The Lady Bulldogs stormed to an 18-7 lead eight minutes into the contest and were ahead at the half, 34-23.
Hanceville was able to keep the lead in double figures during the third, building it to 47-30 on a three-point play from Karmen Johnson with 1:29 left in the quarter. The period ended with Hanceville ahead 47-33.
Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs saw the lead go back to single numbers at 54-45 with 2:50 remaining on a three by Russellville.
The Lady 'Dogs missed two front ends of a one-and-one, but stayed cool under pressure when Pickett netted a pair with 1:19 to go and it was 56-45.
Pickett would toss in three out of four in a span of 17 seconds. She drained two with 0:17 to play for a 59-49 advantage.
Russellville got a three with 0:10 left, but ran out of time as Hanceville put together a total team effort despite only six in the lineup.
Malia Howell delivered 10 to the win, Johnson scored nine, Cassidy Campbell four, Mollie Hall and Hannah Flanigan added two each.
Leading Russellville was Treyvia Pruitt with 19 points.
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Cullman in consolation bracket Wednesday 12:40 p.m.
Photo 1: Hanceville coach Christina Watson looks at the action Tuesday night.
Photo 2: Hanceville's Kelly Pickett (23) intercepts a pass vs. Russellville.
Photo 3: Kelly Pickett moves the ball into front court late in the half vs. Russellville.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Encore Girls Classic Game # 8
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Hanceville 12 5 9 16 - 42 (0-3)
Danville 8 16 16 12 - 52 (4-0)
FLASH NOTES: Hanceville sprinted to an 8-2 lead early in the game and was ahead 12-8 after a quarter.
Danville stopped Hanceville's offense and used three treys from Jolee Cole to springboard the Lady Hawks into the lead.
The Lady Hawks led 24-17 at halftime and kept the Lady Bulldogs at arms length in the second half, holding Hanceville to a 9-point third period.
But Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs kept battling, scoring 16 in the final period to challenge Danville. The Lady Hawks are under the services of new coach J.J. Hill, who was assistant to Paul Wilson last year.
Wilson retired, Hill was promoted to the head position and has the Lady Hawks entering the quarterfinals.
Kelly Pickett's 13 led Hanceville with Kierra Merriweather scoring 12, Karmen Johnson nine, Cassidy Campbell six and Malia Howell two.
For Danville, Cole and Kayla Compton tossed in 12 each with Callie Ryan scoring 10 points.
Up next for Danville: Vs. Hartselle in quarterfinal Tuesday 8:00 p.m.
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Russellville Tuesday 8:00 p.m. (Auxiliary Gym)
Hanceville PG Kelly Pickett running the clock down for the final shot of 1st half vs. Danville in the Encore Classic Saturday night.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
HANCEVILLE - An opportunity for the public to see them before the 2017-18 season begins Thursday, Hanceville held its annual "Meet the Bulldogs" event inside Lane Horton Gymnasium Monday night.
Hanceville will get Fairview to visit for the opener with the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs optimistic of being successful for the upcoming season.
Hanceville is the defending 3A, Area 13 champions while the Lady Bulldogs played very competitive last season against Oakman, Carbon Hill and Vinemont in area play.
The varsity teams were joined by the junior varsity squads in displaying drills for 10 minute segments. The Bulldogs went into a 6-minute controlled scrimmage as the White team edged the Purple 13-10.
Coach Daniel Wakefield spoke to the crowd on being proud how the Bulldogs worked in the summer, getting 15 wins against two losses.
The Bulldogs do have experience with Brendan Flanigan and R.J. Evans leading the way plus Damion Johnson and Josh Stanley.
Romeal Simmons and Fred Ellis are unlikely to play in the opener, due to injuries they experienced in football.
Simmons played the first half of last Friday's finale with Good Hope, then did not take any snap in the second half with an undisclosed injury.
The Lady Bulldogs welcome the addition of Kelly Pickett to the lineup. The former Good Hope point guard will be in command of an experienced team for Christina Watson, in her fourth season at her alma mater.
Karmen Johnson in the post is the only senior the team has. They do bring back experience from last season in guards Kierra Merriweather, Cassidy Campbell and Malia Howell, plus Lauren Roberson as a forward.
For next week, Hanceville is scheduled to play at Dora on the 14th at J.B. Pennington the 16th and vs. West Point the 17th. Those games are pending due to each in the AHSAA football playoffs.
Watson will have her Lady Bulldogs compete in the Encore Thanksgiving Classic at Hartselle the 18th with a first round game vs. Danville.
Coach Wakefield will welcome seven other schools to Lane Horton Gym for the 35th Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament.
The event will include Cold Springs, Corner, Dora, Curry, Tarrant, Mortimer Jordan and Jefferson Christian.
Games will be played on the 21st, 22nd and 24th.
Hanceville opens us area play December 1st at home vs. Oakman.
Photo 1: Hanceville Principal Jimmy Collins addresses the crowd at Meet the Bulldogs,
Photo 2: Hanceville cheerleaders perform during Meet the Bulldogs night.
Photo 3: The crowd that attend Hanceville's Meet the Bulldogs event.
Photo 4: Kierrra Merriweather (5), Malia Howell (14) lead the way in shooting drill.
Photo 5: Coach Daniel Wakefield about to toss up ball in Bulldogs' controlled scrimmage.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton