OAKMAN - Hanceville Lady Bulldogs took matters into their own hands Friday night, defeating Oakman's Lady Wildcats 57-39 that clinched the regular season title in Class 3A, Area 12.
Hanceville is 5-0, eliminating Oakman from a chance to possibly tie the Lady Bulldogs if they could claim victory.
Coach Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs led 27-25 at the half, then put the game out of reach with a 30-14 second half run.
Hanceville is 11-8 overall, winning three straight after they started January's schedule with a 56-44 loss to Cold Springs.
Hanceville closes Area 12 play Tuesday at home vs. Vinemont then will meet J.B. Pennington at Lane Horton Gym next Friday. The game vs. Pennington will be carried live on WKUL-FM.
Hanceville squeezed out a 66-64 victory over Oakman Friday night, ending a 2-game losing streak. The win kept the Bulldogs in a first place tie with Carbon Hill, who defeated Vinemont.
Hanceville is 4-1 in 3A, Area 12 with its finale on Tuesday to be at home against Vinemont. The Bulldogs could use an Oakman upset of Carbon Hill that could possibly keep a coin toss from taking place later this month.
Hanceville Lady Bulldogs Kierra Merriweather (5), Kelly Pickett (23) and Karmen Johnson (22) at the foul line.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton