Cullman County Middle School Girls Championship
At Lane Horton Gymnasium - Hanceville:
# 2 Parkside 7 9 5 8 - 29
# 1 West Point 0 5 6 6 - 17
PARKSIDE: Morgan Lindsey 14, Makayla Latham 6, Emma Garcia 4, Abby Davis 2, Kaitlyn Benson 2, Allie Scott 1.
WEST POINT: Summer Mendoza 6, Bethany Minck 5, Nikki Tyree 2, Timberly Shadix 2.
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Morgan Lindsey of Parkside - 14 points, 4 FGs, 1 trey, 5-8 FTs.
COACHES ALL-COUNTY TEAM:
Summer Mendoza, Kristine Shadix, Nikki Tyree - West Point
Morgan Lindsey, Makalya Latham - Parkside
Reba McCarn, Haley Williams - Cold Springs
Madison Rickman, Paris Pannel - Holly Pond
Cassidy Hutchinson - Fairview
Desire Odachawski - Good Hope
Lasundra Turner - Hanceville
FLASH NOTES: A Cullman County championship was captured for the first time at Parkside, after it moved from the old Baileyton campus in 1997.
Defeated by West Point 42-16 in the regular season, the Lady Panthers started the title bout with a 7-0 lead following the first and went ahead by a score of 16-3 with 2:16 to go in the 2nd when Kaitlyn Benson scored.
Top seed West Point, who was undefeated vs. county opponents in the regular schedule, could only manage to get within 10 points late in the third on a FG by Tyree.
Parkside was able to keep the advantage around double figures for the final quarter in completing the upset Saturday afternoon.
"This is very exciting to bring the first county championship to the smallest school in the county," Parkside coach Danny Weaver said afterwards. "We had it going our way today. These girls put a lot of work and effort into it for this to happen."
Photo 1: Middle School champions Parkside Lady Panthers.
Photo 2: Middle school runner-up: West Point Lady Warriors
Photo 3: Coaches All-County Middle School team.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.