AHSAA All-Star Volleyball
At Auburn University Montgomery
North 25 22 22 21
South 19 25 25 25
South wins series 3-1
North leads all time series 14-7
TIME OF MATCH: 1:42
MVP'S: Breylee Linder - North, Kenya McQuirter - South
FLASH NOTES: Down 1-0 in the match, the South was able to get strong play at the net from its MVP, Kenya McQuirter of McGill-Toolen, plus Mikaela Grubb of Enterprise that turned it around vs. the North.
The South went up in the second set at 10-9 and never trailed the rest of the way. Grubb scored on a serve with McQuirter providing a block that made it 17-11. A kill by McQuirter moments later, gave the South a 21-16 edge.
An error by the North allowed the South to score the set point and even the assignment at a victory apiece.
In game three, both went after one another as the South scored an ace on a serve by Kayla Champion of Providence Christian that gave them the lead to stay at 20-19. A kill by McQuirter closed out the third game and the momentum was clearly on the side of the South.
The fourth set stayed in the pattern of intense and tight. A service point and a kill from McQuirter moved the South to a 12-10 lead. The North would go down 16-11 and put on a rally to close to 22-21 when Emma Jarrett of Bob Jones scored from the service line.
But the momentum was broken by the South on three service points from Lillie Fromdahl of McGill-Toolen and the match winner on McQuirter's 16 kill of the series.
Linder, from Florence, worked her way to MVP honors for the North, handing out 22 assists and accounting for five digs. Linder recorded seven consecutive points on serve in the first set that carried the North to a 25-19 triumph.
Juliana Hamer of Chelsea led the North with seven kills, Kiara Hill of Bob Jones had six. Catherine Klop of Bob Jones tallied 14 digs with Jarrett of Bob Jones having eight.
Team North was coached by Kayla Woodard from defending 1A champion Addison, along with Lyndsey Crumpton of Danville. Sue Marshall served as the administrative coach, representing Randolph from Huntsville.
Photo 1: Addison coach Kayla Woodard right at coin flip before all star match Thursday.
Photo 2: Team North during a timeout in match with the South at AUM.
Photo 3: North MVP Breylee Linder of Florence.
Photo 4: South MVP Kenya McQuirter of McGill-Toolen
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA All-Star basketball
At Acadome - Alabama State University:
North 22 17 14 13 - 66
South 14 15 16 12 - 57
MVPs: Annie Hughes - North, River Baldwin - South
FLASH NOTES: Hartselle PG Moriah Taylor got the North going with a three on its first possession. The game was back and forth for the first 4:30 with a tie and four lead changes.
Team South went ahead 12-10 with 3:11 left in the first. The rest of the quarter belonged to the North as they finished on a 12-2 run and had a 22-14 first period advantage.
A North basket by Ariana Powe off an assist by Annie Hughes gave them a 31-21 lead at 4:13. From there, they kept the advantage to arms length and headed to the locker room with a 39-29 cushion at intermission.
Team North shot 48 percent in the first half while Team South was 12 of 20 for 60 percent. But the South took 14 fewer shots than the North in the first half and only tried one three-pointer. The North had 5 of 12 from downtown that allowed them to build the advantage at double figures through 16 minutes.
The South could never reduce the lead to less than seven points in the final half. They trailed 49-42 at 2:03 in the third, with the North answering on a FG from Abby Davis of Phil Campbell inside the final minute. The third came to a close with the North on top 53-45.
Hughes raised the lead to 62-51 with a steal and basket with 3:41 remaining. The North never allowed the South to get a serious comeback together with the North hitting four of four from the line in the last minute to maintain a decent margin.
The North shot 91 percent from the line, making 11 of 12. Taylor scored twice from the stripe with 25 seconds left as she closed out the game scoring four points, handed out two assists and picked up two steals.
Hughes, a senior at Pisgah who has committed to play at Auburn, was four of eight shooting, two of four in treys and two of four from the line. That earned her MVP honors for her unit.
Baldwin, a 6'5" center from Pleasant Home, was an easy choice for South MVP. The future Florida State player scored 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting, two of two at the line, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.
"We jelled quickly," Taylor said of her North teammates. "We did a good job of talking to each other. One of our things was get their guards to turn the ball over." The North forced 23 turnovers and had 11 steals, with several leading to easy scores.
North 22 11 9 15 - 57
South 16 9 18 18 - 61
MVPs: Malik Tyson - North, Jaykwon Walton - South
FLASH NOTES: Unable to hold on to the advantage after a 33-25 lead at the half, the North was outscored 36-24 in the 2nd half by the South, suffering a 9-point third quarter that put them behind.
Photo 1: North MVP Annie Hughes, South MVP River Baldwin.
Photo 2: North PG Moriah Taylor in 1st half at Alabama State Acadome.
Photo 3: Referee Scott Rutherford from Tri County Association of Cullman, working the AHSAA varsity all-star game Wednesday night at Alabama State University.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
22nd AHSAA All-Star Sports Week
Tuesday in Montgomery:
Soccer (G) @ Emory Folmar Complex:
South 0 0 - 0
North 0 2 - 2
North: Lexi Duca goal (Emery Mills assist) 34:52 in 2nd
North: Mills goal 9:27 in 2nd
MVP's: Emery Mills - North, Adriana Wright - South
Soccer @ Emory Folmar Complex:
North 1 1 - 2
South 0 1 - 1
North: Logan Frost goal (Jack Bapst assist) 25:00 in 1st
South: Joseph Quinn goal 19:38 in 2nd
North: Price Leonard goal 16:11 in 2nd
MVP's: Price Leonard - North, Joseph Quinn - South.
Team North claimed winning honors in the soccer encounter, under steamy conditions, with both teams performing well in the second half to take the event.
The North girls outshot the South 10-4 in the second half, getting goals by Duca and Mills to break a scoreless first half.
Sarah Adair of Mountain Brook was on goal for the North in the first half, fighting off nine shots by the South. Brianna Burroughs from Tanner took over in the second half, keeping the South off the scoreboard, with four stops and tremendous assistance from her teammates.
Mills, the North MVP, is from Madison Academy. Wright, the MVP of the South, plays at Northview School in Dothan.
A goal by the North in the varsity clash 15 minutes into the half on a shot by Logan Frost off an assist from Jack Bapst put them up by 1-0 when the contest reached intermission.
But the South played determined soccer and evened the score when Joseph Quinn stole the ball, then drove it into the net, making it 1-1 with 19:38 remaining in the match.
Just over three minutes later, Price Leonard went down the left sidelines, worked his way into scoring position and blasted it by William Blake that turned out to be the game winner.
With lighting a distance away, the game finished as the North held off a South threat late to cap off a very entertaining evening of all-star soccer in the capitol city.
Leonard for the North stars is from Westminster Oak Mountain in Birmingham. Quinn, the South MVP, plays at Spanish Fort.
Cullman's Joel Sanchez had a brief night. The Bearcat defender played just three minutes of the first half, leaving the game with a leg injury. Sanchez was seen limping by Sportspage during the postgame ceremony.
In other all star games Tuesday:
BASEBALL: South won the opener 3-2 at Riverwalk Stadium, scoring the game winner in the 7th on a passed ball. The North earned a split with a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.
SOFTBALL: Team South threw a 3-0 shutout in the opener at Lagoon Park. The North settled the score by a come from behind 5-4 win in game two, scoring in the last of the seventh.
CROSS COUNTRY: Girls 7:30 a.m., Varsity 8:00 a.m. at Auburn Montgomery.
BASKETBALL: Girls 5:00 p.m., Varsity 7:00 p.m. at Alabama State University.
Photo 1: North girls MVP Emery Mills with Rodney Stidham of the AHSADCA.
Photo 2: North MVP Price Leonard of Westminster Oak Mountain with Rodney Stidham of the AHSADCA.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Prep basketball's summer series is now officially over. The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) gave teams three weeks to take part in as many playdays as they chose.
Sportspage hit the ground running as well, seeing a total of 107 games in a 15-day period between June 4 and June 22. Games were covered by yours truly from Brewer, Falkville, Hartselle, Cullman, Wallace State and Hanceville.
A total of 85 teams were seen by Sportspage with 43 in the varsity and 42 in girls. That shows balance in getting out there to see as many each time out, enduring the games under well run organizations from the host schools.
The playdays in Morgan County and Cullman were coordinated by former Danville girls coach Paul Wilson. Games on the campus of Wallace State and Hanceville were directed by Lions' coach John Meeks.
Of the 18 varsity teams from Cullman County, Sportspage was able to see the following perform once or multiple times.
Varsity: Cullman, Fairview, Good Hope, Hanceville, Vinemont, West Point.
Girls: Cold Springs, Cullman, Hanceville, Holly Pond, West Point.
A total of 11 of the 18 teams.
In looking back from the assignments, this is the final analysis of Sportspage as the prep teams now move on for conditioning workouts, the rest of the summer and set their sights on the 2018-19 season that will begin in early November.
Bearcats will have new faces on the floor for Bobby Meyer and returnees such as Noah Bussman, Jayden Sullins. The Bearcats will display Meyer's tempo of up and down the floor, pressure defense, scoring from inside and outside. Cullman performed well on its final day of games June 22, putting on a strong second half to defeat Fairview 71-53 and 46-30 against Lincoln County, Tennessee.
Lady Bearcats see plenty of positive from the floor to the bench. Josh Hembree has added quality to the coaching staff with former Fairview coach Mary Hartline now his assistant and ex-Good Hope PG Nina Mills to work with the junior varsity.
An experienced Lady 'Cats unit will take to the floor, featuring PG A.K. Eastman, 2G Hannah Hoffman, forward Olivia Neal, forward Anna Grace Murphy and center Alexandria Barker.
Depth will be a factor in the frontline from freshman forward Ragan Quattlebaum who played very well in the summer.
A good test for the Lady Bearcats was on June 22 in turning back West Point 50-45 thanks to accuracy from the foul line.
Cullman's final assignment was a total team effort in romping past West Morgan 66-15, grabbing a 35-9 lead by halftime.
Lady Eagles were able to get back Camryn Crider for the stretch run of the summer after she sustained a concussion June 8 in the state officials camp at Hanceville. With Elizabeth Hill recovering from surgery and Toni West a mature ball handler and scorer as a sophomore, the Lady Eagles are ready to soar in 2018-19.
Kinley Campbell, Aubrey Negron, Shae Sellers and Kylon Hamby give the team experience at all positions. Tammy West awaits for the return of Neely Ellison from knee surgery that will be another player to count on in crunch time.
The Lady Eagles clicked in all cylinders June 21 by defeating Oak Mountain 52-35, outscoring the Birmingham school 24-11 in the second half, with Hill, Crider and West knocking down perimeter shots.
Under the command of new coach David Martin, Fairview fought hard in a series of games, grabbing a huge 56-54 win over Hartselle at the state officials camp June 9 at Wallace State. Led by PG Luke Yarbrough, 2G Connor Tipton, forward Austin Turner and JV players ready to move to the next stage, the Aggies have plenty to look forward in the new season.
Fairview dropped back to Class 4A and will be in an area with Good Hope, Oneonta and Ashville.
The Fairview girls are waiting to hire a new coach to replace Mary Hartline who resigned after accepting a job to be assistant coach with Cullman. The vacancy could be filled in July when the next meeting of the Cullman County Board of Education takes place.
Raiders will be a veteran team in 2018-19 with many seeing this squad to be a factor in the county and in area play. Good Hope was a game from making it to the Northwest Regional last season and has plenty of weapons returning in Cole Maddox, Landon Freeman, Drew Maddox, Kallen Sharpton, Noah Fendley and Matt Dixon.
The rise of maturity for Drew Adams' squad is taking shape. The Raiders have plenty of potential as illustrated by hard working performances in three weeks playing between Morgan County, Cullman County and ending it last week in Auburn University.
A highlight for the Raiders was a come from behind victory over Ardmore June 12 in Hartselle, when they trailed 42-28 in the second half and finished with a 24-8 run, claiming a 52-50 win in the final seconds on free throws from Cole Maddox.
Good Hope's area changes from Cordova and Dora to Fairview, Oneonta and Ashville.
Making a good run to the Elite Eight in 2017-18 will inspire the Hanceville Bulldogs for the new season.
Daniel Wakefield's Bulldogs are destined by the returnees of R.J. Evans, Fred Ellis, Damion Johnson, Raiden Morgan, Zeke McDonald and J.R. Isbell. Hanceville will be able to produce from the top to the wing to near the basket. Bulldogs have 3-point shooters and ability to drive and attack the basket.
Hanceville Lady Bulldogs were struck a hard blow when they lost shooting guard Cassidy Campbell on June 4 at Brewer. Campbell was putting on a clinic against Hartselle as the Lady Bulldogs held a 10-point lead, when she went down before the half, tearing ligaments in her knee.
Christina Watson will have experience returning with PG Kelly Pickett, 2Gs Malia Howell and Kierra Merriweather, plus forward Lauren Roberson.
The injury will have some effect, as also in trying to replace center Karmen Johnson, who graduated.
Hanceville will get a new area in 3A, taking on Locust Fork, Susan Moore and Glencoe, trying to qualify for the Northeast Regional in Jacksonville.
Lady Broncos got seen by Sportspage June 22 at the Cullman playday, meeting Susan Moore. Coach Andrew Kelley has experience with Makenna Folds, Maddie Heatherly, Lili Harris, Tess Duke in trying to improve the new season with a new area that will include Vinemont, Brindlee Mountain and New Hope.
Todd Johnson's Eagles will have experience for 2018-19 with Katch Johnson, Jack Hill, Hudson Wood among key players he will count on.
Having to go through the summer with Rylan Jones served purpose for the Warriors. Jones is recovering from a dislocated kneecap he suffered in football and was not available to be on the hardwood for June games.
Coach Randy Jones was able to see what the Warriors could do in his absence. They will be anchored by Kolton Sapp as a shooting guard, Tyler Thompson in the middle, Whit Laney in the background and Brandon Ray at forward.
For the Lady Warriors, coach John Welborn did get back Lexi Shadix on the last day of playday games. Shadix was at her best all over the floor in recovering from surgery in the spring. She was cleared by her doctor to play at Cullman June 22 against the Lady Bearcats and Locust Fork in close games for a team that has everyone coming back.
West Point lost no one to graduation and will be available to provide depth with everyone a year older. The backcourt will be shared between Miriam and Micah Oldacre and Brooke Brownfield. Shadix will factor in on the frontline, with Olivia Ball and Mackenzie Carter. Ryleigh Jones has been elevated to the varsity and will add depth at the guard position.
Kyler Hembree and Molly Pendley are experienced and will rotate among the frontline.
West Point will see new opponents in 5A, Area play with Hamilton, Lawrence County and Russellville.
Best teams seen by Sportspage that is outside the county:
Hartselle Tigers: A good summer was put together in three weeks by Faron Key's Tigers. Hartselle lost only two games out of numerous seen by Sportspage and at times, dominated the opposition.
With shooting guard Brody Peebles a sophomore and in rhythm from long range, Hartselle has experience and will use tempo and pressure to create as many opportunities for them.
Hartselle buried East Lawrence on its last day of playdays June 21 with a 44-10 first half blitz and a 75-22 final.
Hartselle will see Cullman and Decatur as its area opponents for 2018-19:
Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs: Coach Natasha Smallwood will deploy a very mature team in 2018-19, coming off 21 wins in 29 games last season that got the Lady Bulldogs to the 3A Sub-Regional playoffs.
Susan Moore stood out in playdays between Hartselle, Brewer, Wallace State and Cullman. The Lady Bulldogs can deliver in scoring as a running team, plus find the range from long distance.
They began the summer season June 6 by a 48-41 shootout at Brewer vs. county rival Locust Fork.
Top upsets from 2018 playdays:
Fairview 56-54 over Hartselle June 9 at AHSAA officials camp (Wallace State). Aggies came out firing, getting a double digit lead and holding off a furious Hartselle comeback in the final half. Aggies made 5 straight free throws down the stretch to preserve the win. Final shot by Hartselle missed as time expired.
Girls: Albertville 44-28 over Hartselle June 19. Lady Aggies gained the upset by holding Hartselle to nine second half points. Albertville went ahead with a late run to lead at the half, 23-19 and produced a 21-point 2nd half on the Lady Tigers on their own floor.
The week of November 6 is when the 2018-19 prep hoops season will begin. Sportspage will be at various locations through the regular season, including tournaments at Thanksgiving and around Christmas, plus the Cullman County tournament in January and the playoffs in February, including the area, sub-regional, regional and Final Four.
Photo 1: West Point coach John Welborn during game vs. Buckhorn June 12 in Hartselle.
Photo 2: Cold Springs' Toni West at the line vs. Oak Mountain June 21 in Hartselle.
Photo 3: Hanceville's Zeke McDonald to jump vs. Ardmore June 18 at Wallace State.
Photo 4: Luke Yarbrough of Fairview with ball in game vs. Cullman June 22. Cullman coach Bobby Meyer on the left, Fairview's David Martin at the right.
Photo 5: Cullman at the foul line vs. Brewer June 11 at Cullman High Gymnasium.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Cullman basketball playday series Friday
At Cullman High School:
SCOREBOARD (Games covered by Sportspage):
Fairview 29 24 - 53
Cullman 35 36 - 71
Decatur Heritage 25 30 - 55
Cullman 20 21 - 41
Lincoln Co (TN) 17 13 - 30
Cullman 23 23 - 46
Game 4 (G):
West Point 15 30 - 45
Cullman 22 28 - 50
Game 5 (G):
Susan Moore 19 19 - 38
Holly Pond 6 14 - 20
Game 6 (G):
Locust Fork 27 20 - 47
West Point 23 20 - 43
Game 7 (G):
West Morgan 9 6 - 15
Cullman 35 31 - 66
In closing out the 2018 summer hoops playday series allowed by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for a three-week period in June, the event hosted by Cullman High School ended prematurely when a tornado warning was issued for the area at 7:07 p.m. Friday.
Cullman's Lady Bearcats just concluded an impressive performance in shooting down West Morgan 66-15. Slightly behind schedule in the main gym, West Point and Susan Moore's girls were warming up and about to tip if off when the audience was informed by Cullman girls coach Josh Hembree of a tornado warning for the county.
Play was stopped at the main gym and in the auxiliary gym, with players, fans and others encouraged to seek shelter in the basement of the main gym until the storm passed.
At the time the warning was issued for Cullman County, a tornado was reported between Battleground and eventually touching down in the Vinemont community, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville and the Cullman County EMA.
The tornado siren could be heard outside the gym as people patiently went into a safety procedure, organized by the Cullman basketball program.
Sportspage fled the scene, heading to WKUL Radio, to provide reports on the storm as the tornado warning was extended twice to 8:30 p.m., with it moving across from Vinemont toward Holly Pond and into Blount County, when it was cancelled before 8:30 p.m.
Plenty of storylines from the final day of this summer style hoopfest. Cullman's Bearcats pulled away late in the second half of a competitive varsity game with the Fairview Aggies, taking it by the final of 71-53.
Then playing a consecutive contest, the Bearcats found Class 1A Decatur Heritage to be a very strong opponent. A 25-20 halftime lead for Decatur Heritage was increased to double digits with the Eagles executing from different locations on the hardwood.
Determined to rebound in their finale with Lincoln County, Tennessee, Bobby Meyer's Bearcats did just that. Raising the intensity after a 23-17 halftime lead, the Bearcats held the Tennessee crew in check in the final half, punching out a 46-30 triumph to go into the offseason with plenty of positive from three weeks of battle vs. a variety of opposition.
For the West Point Lady Warriors, good news came that sophomore forward Lexi Shadix was released by the doctor in time to get on the floor for the final day.
Shadix seemed to be at her regular routine, in going to battle with Cullman's Anna Grace Murphy, Alexandria Barker and freshman forward Ragan Quattlebaum. Quattlebaum was an inspiration for Hembree's Lady Bearcats, that field veterans such as A.K. Eastman and Hannah Hoffman in the backcourt and Olivia Neal as a perimeter shooter.
Neal's accurate stroke at the foul line was a key for the Cullman win over West Point, while the Lady Warriors went through a stretch of missing from the charity stripe.
Locust Fork delivered from its potent area, the three-point circle, five consecutive times to overcome an early deficit in playing West Point in the late afternoon.
Trailing 9-7, Locust Fork attacked West Point's zone and knocked down treys from the top and wings, finishing with a 20-14 run and getting the lead at the break. The game remained tight the rest of the way, but West Point was unable to regain the advantage and fell by a 47-43 margin.
Cullman sent a message to West Morgan on playing the entire floor. With a steady pressure, forcing mistakes and scoring from outside by Eastman and Neal, with Hoffman, Barker and Quattlebaum providing points from close range, Cullman ran up a 35-9 first half cushion, then showed consistency with 31 coming in the final half for a complete team effort performance.
The games that were cancelled due to the tornado warning in the main gym were West Point vs. Susan Moore girls and Cullman vs. St. John Paul girls.
Cullman wound up hosting 5 playdays between June 11 and 22nd, with a variety of varsity, girls, JV and freshmen games going on between the main gym, the auxiliary gym and the middle school gym. The school got involved in this playday series that is coordinated in the area by former Danville girls coach Paul Wilson.
Photo 1: Fairview's Luke Yarbrough at the line in game vs. Cullman.
Photo 2: Cullman coach Bobby Meyer, Fairview coach David Martin watching Luke Yarbrough inbound the ball in Friday's playday game at Cullman HS.
Photo 3: West Point coach John Welborn gets his point across in a timeout vs. Cullman.
Photo 4: Cullman assistant Mary Hartline, players Ragan Quattlebaum, Olivia Neal and A.K. Eastman are listening during a timeout in their 50-45 victory over West Point.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Prep basketball playday Thursday
At Hartselle High School:
East Lawrence 10 12 - 22
Hartselle 44 31 - 75
R.A. Hubbard 32 26 - 58
Athens 27 41 - 68
East Lawrence 12 22 - 34
Haleyville 31 21 - 52
Athens 32 36 - 68
Florence 40 39 - 79
R.A. Hubbard 30 30 - 60
Haleyville 22 31 - 53
Florence 25 26 - 51
Hartselle 15 28 - 43
Game 7 (G):
Arab 24 18 - 42
Hartselle 27 28 - 55
Game 8 (G):
Austin 25 16 - 41
Homewood 14 5 - 19
Game 9 (G):
Cold Springs 28 24 - 52
Oak Mountain 24 11 - 35
Game 10 (G):
Susan Moore 12 28 - 40
Grissom 16 22 - 38
As the games began Thursday morning while heavy rain flooded the campus of Hartselle High School, Hartselle was creating a storm of its own, burying East Lawrence with 44 points by halftime, dominating every phase of the battle.
Then later in the day, Hartselle got stormed by Florence in jumping out to a 16-0 lead by the 12:00 mark before the Tigers got on the scoreboard.
Hartselle managed to make a game of it, closing the deficit to 49-43 inside the final minute before a couple of points at the line by Florence ended the Tigers' bid for a comeback victory. This was Hartselle's only defeat the Tigers experienced on the home floor in this three-week span and only the second time they had lost.
Hartselle fell in the AHSAA State Officials camp to Fairview 56-54 at Wallace State on June 9. Faron Key's Tigers have put together a very good summer that will send them into the 2018-19 season with confidence and momentum for great things to happen.
The Hartselle Lady Tigers were engaged with Arab in a shootout through the opening half, holding a 27-24 advantage. But down the stretch of the game, the Lady Tigers went on a 19-8 run that gave them breathing space, winning by the final score of 55-42.
Cold Springs was as healthy as the Lady Eagles have been during the summer time. Camryn Crider is back after suffering a concussion two weeks ago in Hanceville.
Her sharpshooting inspired the Lady Eagles and helped contribute to the scoring attack she shared with Elizabeth Hill and Toni West.
Cold Springs stood out strong on defense in the final half with Oak Mountain, allowing the Birmingham school 11 points, taking advantage of scoring opportunities by converting three old fashioned 3-point plays in the second half in a 24-11 edge in point production.
The last game seen by Sportspage on Thursday was a slow start between Susan Moore and Grissom's girls, but a frantic finish. Both adjusted in getting their offense to flow more efficient in the second half as it came down to the final seconds with Grissom missing a shot that could have tied the game and forced overtime.
Photo 1: Camryn Crider at the line for Cold Springs. Behind Crider is Kylon Hamby and Aubrey Negron.
Photo 2: Florence Falcons attack the Hartselle Tigers' defense.
Photo 3: Hartselle guard Moriah Taylor with a pass above the Arab defense.
Photo 4: Cold Springs Lady Eagles in a timeout during game vs. Oak Mountain Thursday.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Hartselle girls playday Tuesday
At Hartselle High Gymnasium:
Games covered by Sportspage:
Hartselle 14 23 - 37
Hazel Green 15 26 - 41
Hazel Green 38 16 - 54
Brewer 17 11 - 28
Hartselle 19 9 - 28
Albertville 23 21 - 44
Rogers 28 25 - 53
Oak Mountain 17 15 - 32
Deshler 19 18 - 37
Brewer 20 28 - 48
Basketball at times, is not easy to analyze. Sometimes, teams, not expected to rise to the occasion, can pull off surprises.
This was seen in Game 3 Tuesday when Albertville prevailed over Hartselle on its home floor. Albertville caught Hartselle flat, jumping to a fast 11-0 lead. All that did was wake up Hartselle in going on a 14-2 run and taking the lead late in the first half.
Shaken slightly, Albertville showed poise and went back on top, holding a 23-19 advantage at the half.
A good start in the second half enabled Albertville to get the lead to over double digits by the time the game reached the 10:00 mark.
Hartselle never really was able to get into a run for a comeback with Albertville executing on both ends of the floor to put together an astounding performance in the summer day series.
Brewer had two assignments with a defending state champion and state runner-up, earning a split.
From a tough time scoring in a 54-28 loss to Hazel Green with only 11 second half points, Brewer regrouped against 4A power Deshler in the early afternoon.
A 20-19 lead for Brewer at the break, became breathing room with a 28-point second half outing, scoring from close range and knocking down perimeter shots too.
Up next for Sportspage:
After an off day for Wednesday, Sportspage is back in Hartselle for a Thursday playday.
Varsity play highlights the start with Hartselle and East Lawrence tipping off at 8:30, then R.A. Hubbard-Athens, East Lawrence-Haleyville, Athens-Florence, R.A. Hubbard-Haleyville and Hartselle-Florence at 1:05.
On the girls side, Hartselle and Homewood get involved in a shootout at 2:00, with Susan Moore-Grissom to follow, then Austin-Homewood, Hartselle-Oak Mountain and Grissom-Florence at 5:40.
Photo 1: Brewer vs. Hazel Green at Hartselle High Gymnasium.
Photo 2: Hartselle at the foul line vs. Hazel Green
Photo 3: Hartselle's Moriah Taylor runs a play in game vs. Albertville
Photo 4: Brewer's Jace Andrews trying to defend an inbounds play in game vs. Deshler.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Wallace State summer basketball shootout
At Tom Drake Coliseum, Wellness Center:
Phil Campbell 16 15 - 31
Section 36 25 - 61
Hanceville 11 17 - 28
Oneonta 18 13 - 31
Westbrook Chr 31 23 - 54
Brindlee Mtn 17 31 - 48
Brindlee Mtn 10 18 - 28
Colbert Heights 18 30 - 48
Oneonta 19 21 - 40
Oak Grove 11 16 - 27
Oak Grove def St. Bernard
Ardmore def Hanceville
Brindlee Mtn def Westbrook
Covenant Chr def Colbert Heights
Whitesburg Chr def Buckhorn
Section def Phil Campbell
Muscle Shoals def Oak Grove
Brindlee Mtn def Ardmore
Whitesburg def Covenant Chr
Section def Oneonta
Muscle Shoals def Brindlee Mtn
Section def Whitesburg
Muscle Shoals def Section
FLASH NOTES: Monday was the next to last day for Wallace State's summer shootout as 14 schools were involved in the affairs between the Coliseum and the Wellness Center gyms.
Another hoopfest, hosted by Lions' coach John Meeks, is set for Tuesday on the Wallace State campus.
Up next for Sportspage:
Back to Hartselle for a festive of hoops Tuesday.
The schedule has Hartselle-Hazel Green (G) 9:45, Hazel Green-Brewer (G) 11:25, Hartselle-Albertville (G) 12:20, Brewer-Deshler (G) 1:15, Oak Mountain-Deshler (G) 2:10, Hartselle-East Limestone 3:05, Hartselle-James Clemens (G) 4:00, Oak Mountain-James Clemens (G) 4:55, Good Hope-East Limestone 5:50, Hartselle-Madison Academy 6:45, Hartselle-Good Hope 8:05.
Photo 1: Hanceville G J.R. Isbell moves the ball against the Oneonta defense.
Photo 2: Hanceville's Zeke McDonald to jump center in OT tourney against Ardmore.
Photo 3: Ardmore at the foul line in OT tournament vs. Hanceville.
Photo 4: Tip time between Brindlee Mountain (gold) and Westbrook Christian.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Wallace State girls summer shootout
Friday at Tom Drake Coliseum/Wellness Center:
Decatur Heritage 7 17 - 24
Ranbune 12 10 - 22
East Lawrence 13 13 - 26
Cherokee Co 24 14 - 38
Arab 15 15 - 30
McAdory 23 22 - 45
Shoals Christian 4 10 - 14
Ranburne 14 14 - 28
James Clemens 22 10 - 32
Arab 11 14 - 25
Cherokee Co 18 21 - 39
Lawrence Co 20 14 - 34
Belgreen 17 16 - 33
Phil Campbell 25 19 - 44
Lawrence Co 5 14 - 19
James Clemens 14 16 - 30
James Clemens def Woodville
Lawrence Co def Belgreen
Ranburne def Decatur Heritage
McAdory def Arab
Phil Campbell def East Lawrence
James Clemens def Wilson
Lawrence Co def Ranburne
Arab def Cherokee Co
Phil Campbell def Shoals Christian
James Clemens def Lawrence Co
Phil Campbell def Arab
James Clemens def Phil Campbell
Photo 1: James Clemens vs. Phil Campbell in OT tourney championship.
Photo 2: East Lawrence (with ball) vs. Cherokee Co.
Photo 3: Belgreen (in blue) vs. Lawrence County.
Photo 4: Arab drives to the basket against McAdory.
Photo 5: Phil Campbell attacks the Shoals Christian defense.
Sportspage Photos by Johnny Thornton
Wallace State Girls Summer Shootout
Thursday at Tom Drake Coliseum:
Athens 12 23 - 35
Clay Chalkville 10 11 - 21
Hatton 24 15 - 39
Woodville 6 18 - 24
Boaz 14 14 - 28
Lexington 21 19 - 40
Oneonta 16 16 0 - 26
Ranburne 11 15 2 - 28
Hatton 14 23 - 37
Shoals Chr 4 10 - 14
Varsity OT tourney:
Hatton def Boaz
Ranburne def Woodville
Oneonta def Athens
Sylvania def Shoals Chr
Decatur Heritage def Hatton
Falkville def Ranburne
Oneonta def Lexington
Clay Chalkville def Sylvania
Decatur Heritage def Falkville
Clay Chalkville def Oneonta
Clay Chalkville def Decatur Heritage:
Girls games took over the Thursday schedule in the summer shootout, from Tom Drake Coliseum to the Wellness Center.
Sportspage reported on five games, plus the OT tourney. The design of the OT tourney is for 2 opponents to play 2:00, If the game is tied after 2:00, a minute is then added. If it still even, it comes down to free throw shooting, with the team making the most of five shots to be declared the winner.
In the tourney, Oneonta hit a three in the final seconds to edge Lexington. A free throw contest determined the winner of Decatur Heritage-Hatton with most of these games going down to the wire.
From regular games, the best one was Ranbure vs. Oneonta. Oneonta was ahead 16-11 at the break with Ranburne coming back and taking the lead. Oneonta got a tying basket in the closing seconds that forced sudden death.
Ranburne was able to score twice from the free throw line to pull out victory, in which they were behind most of the way.
Up next for Sportspage:
Back to Wallace State on Friday for another girls session in the Lions' Summer Shootout.
Following games are scheduled:
10:00: Woodville-Belgreen, Shoals Chr-Phil Campbell (WC), Decatur Hert-Ranburne (WC)
10:45:New Hope-East Lawr, Wilson-Cherokee Co (WC), Lawrence Co-Arab (WC)
11:30: McAdory-James Clemens, Belgreen-Shoals Chr (WC), Decatur Hert-Phil Camp (WC)
12:15: Varsity OT tourney
1:20: East Lawrence-Cherokee Co, Woodville-Ranburne (WC) New Hope-Wilson (WC)
2:05: Arab-James Clemens, Lawrence Co-McAdory (WC)
2:50: Decatur Heritage-Belgreen
3:05: Phil Campbell-Woodville (WC)
3:35: Shoals Christian-Ranburne
3:50: Lawrence Co-Wilson, McAdory-Arab (WC)
WC - Wellness Center
Cullman High Playday Friday:
9:00: Cullman-Locust Fork, Good Hope-West Morgan (Aux Gym)
9:55: Cullman-Haleyville, West Point-West Morgan (Aux Gym)
10:40: Good Hope-Locust Fork
11:25: Good Hope-Haleyville
12:10: Cullman-Haleyville (G)
1:05: Cold Springs-St. John Paul (G)
1:50: West Point-Haleyille (Aux Gym)
2:45: Cold Springs-Haleyville (G) (Aux Gym)
3:40: Cullman-St. John Paul (G)
Photo 1: Hatton (with ball) vs. Decatur Heritage
Photo 2: Boaz at the foul line vs. Lexington.
Photo 3: Sylvania attacking the Shoals Christian defense.
Photo 4: Athens drives to the basket vs. Oneonta.
Photo 5: Falkville at the line in OT tourney game vs. Ranburne.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton