3A, Area 12 girls basketball at Lane Horton Gymnasium:
Carbon Hill 8 11 9 15 - 43 (4-5, 2-1)
Hanceville 14 14 15 18 - 61 (6-5, 3-0)
HANCEVILLE: Malia Howell 18, Kelly Pickett 16, Karmen Johnson 15, Kierra Merriweather 5, Cassidy Campbell 5, Hannah Flanigan 1.
CARBON HILL: Kate Atkins 9, Lacey Evans 8.
FLASH NOTES: With first place up for grabs in Area 12, Hanceville had three weapons to deliver them to victory and drop Carbon Hill to second place in the standings.
PG Kelly Pickett came alive with seven points in the second quarter that enabled Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs to main their advantage. A 14-8 lead through one quarter was increased to 28-19 by halftime.
In the third period, C Karmen Johnson powered her way to three straight baskets on put backs with the Hanceville lead growing to 43-28.
It was time for Malia Howell to give the Lady Bulldogs a third option in which she ripped for 12 of her game high 18 points in the final stanza.
She had four shots to go in a span of 3:00 with Hanceville leading by as many as 24 points. The left hander closed out the scoring by a jumper from the left side with 17 seconds to play as Hanceville has won four of its last five games since November 28.
Up next for Hanceville: At Susan Moore Tournament Monday.
Carbon Hill 5 9 11 9 - 34 (4-5, 2-1)
Hanceville 8 16 8 16 - 48 (7-3, 3-0)
HANCEVILLE: RJ Evans 21, Zeke McDonald 6, Raiden Morgan 6, Josh Stanley 6, Damien Johnson 6, Brendan Flanigan 3.
CARBON HILL: Jon Michael Madison 9, Issac Woodard 7.
FLASH NOTES: Carbon Hill was coming off a 94-70 victory in area play Friday night at rival Oakman.
This game Saturday evening could never really get into a tempo flow as Hanceville showed consistency with eight points in the opening period and the third and tossed in 16 during the second and fourth quarter.
A key for Daniel Wakefield's Bulldogs was three-point shooting in the final half. Hanceville's last two FGs of the third were treys from Brendan Flanigan and RJ Evans.
The three-point attack continued in the fourth with Raiden Morgan, Damien Johnson connecting as a 32-27 advantage for the home side early in the period, was moved to 44-32 with 3:54 left on Morgan's second trey.
Hanceville got enough done at the foul line in the final 2:43, led by RJ Evans and Josh Stanley. Stanley broke a string of three straight misses, making one with 0:59 to go that had Hanceville leading 48-32.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 for the month of December and claim first place in Area 12 to themselves with this game that was made up from being postponed by snow and a winter advisory on December 8.
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Cleveland at Wallace State CC Wednesday.
Photo 1: Hanceville's Kierra Merriweather (5) set to pass vs. Carbon Hill.
Photo 2: Hanceville coach Daniel Wakefield watches Brendan Flanigan (2), Raiden Morgan (13) and Zeke McDonald defend Carbon Hill's offense in the 2nd half Saturday.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.