Girls hoops playday Wednesday
At Brewer High School:
Locust Fork 17 24 - 41
Susan Moore 18 30 - 48
Locust Fork 18 26 - 44
Brewer 31 17 - 48
Locust Fork 17 17 - 34
St, John Paul 15 5 - 20
Susan Moore 18 22 - 40
St. John Paul 14 8 - 22
A Blount County showdown found a neutral site to continue its historic rivalry, even in the summer time.
The last time Locust Fork and Susan Moore tangled was in the 3A, Area 11 championship in February. Locust Fork pulled out a 48-47 triumph.
This game was close for much of the contest as Susan Moore slid in front 18-17 at the break. But Locust Fork with its talented lineup, went on an 18-8 run and led 35-26 midway in the second half.
Another run took place, with this one going to Susan Moore. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a 22-6 spurt, scoring from long range and near the basket, getting their day started on the right foot.
Brewer came in to play Locust Fork in the second assignment, filling a spot vacated by Decatur due to undisclosed reasons.
Under new coach Jeff Andrews, who has succeeded the retired Ron Smith, Brewer and its balanced group of talent gained the upper hand in the opening half, leading 31-18.
Locust Fork never surrendered. The Lady Hornets stormed back and got the margin reduced to 38-35 late before Brewer had key baskets from McCarley Northway and Jace Andrews in defending their home floor well vs. the champions of Blount County.
St. John Paul paid a visit from Huntsville and battled the Blount County schools well in the first half. A lapse in offense during the second half cost them a chance at winning,
SJP led Locust Fork 11-4 early, then trailed at the half 17-15. Locust Fork clamped down on the Lady Falcons, giving them just five points in the final 20:00 in pulling away to avoid an 0-3 tour into Morgan County.
Susan Moore was slow in getting started too, down 11-3 to SJP. A strong run late in the half carried the Lady Bulldogs into the lead at 18-14.
Behind a 22-8 run in the second half, Susan Moore finished its time on the floor at Randolph Ryan Gym 2-0 for the day. Susan Moore posted a 21-8 record last season and is very deep in talent from guard play to people who work hard inside the post.
Locust Fork, the 3A state champion from 2017, compiled 25 wins against four losses last season, but fell in the Sub-Regional to Colbert County at home that prevented the Lady Hornets from a deep run into the playoffs.
Even with a new leader in Andrews, Brewer possesses plenty of talent, with Andrews' daughter Jace at the point guard, plus Northway on the frontline, among others.
Brewer grabbed 29 victories in the previous season before their quest for extreme greatness was stopped in the Northeast Regional to Class 6A contender Homewood.
Coming up Thursday for Sportspage:
Two locations with plenty of hoops to report on.
The day will begin with girls playday at Falkville, featuring Falkville vs. Clements, Danville vs. Decatur Heritage, Falkville vs. Danville, Clements vs. Decatur Heritage and Clements vs. Danville. The games will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Then on to Wallace State for the Lions' playday that is also an AHSAA officials' camp.
Games will tip off at 3:00 p.m. at Tom Drake Coliseum, the Wellness Center, Hanceville High School and Hanceville Middle School.
Games of huge interest will be Hazel Green-Austin at 4:00 at the Coliseum, Pleasant Grove-Hartselle girls 4:00 at the Wellness Center, Hartselle-Pleasant Grove at 5:00 at the Coliseum, Hayden -Austin at 6:00 at the Coliseum, Hazel Green-Hartselle at 6:00 at the Wellness Center.
Good Hope has a 7:00 p.m. tip on the Coliseum floor vs. Cedar Bluff with Cullman and Austin going on at the same time at the Wellness Center.
At 9:00 p.m. in the Wellness Center will be Hayden vs. Hartselle on Court 1 and Good Hope vs. Austin on Court 2.
The camp will run through the weekend at Wallace State and Hanceville High.
Photo 1: Susan Moore vs. Locust Fork
Photo 2: Locust Fork players helping Brewer PG Jace Andrews off the floor after held ball.
Photo 3: Brewer PG Jace Andrews running the offense in game vs. Locust Fork.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton