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