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