Varsity hoops playday Tuesday
At Hartselle High School:
Deshler 15 30 - 45
Hartselle 33 33 - 66
Ardmore 10 22 - 32
Decatur 14 24 - 38
West Point 27 27 - 54
Hartselle 40 30 - 70
Deshler 27 34 - 61
Decatur 20 29 - 49
West Point 28 23 - 51
Ardmore 21 19 - 40
FLASH NOTES: West Point broke into the victory column for the first time on the summer tour in its second assignment Tuesday in Hartselle with the Ardmore Tigers.
The Warriors fought off the Tigers throughout. West Point was up 28-16 late in the half when Ardmore closed on a 5-0, including a shot beyond halfcourt that got them in striking distance.
Cutting the lead to 28-23 to start the second half, Ardmore kept the pressure on before West Point relied on three-point shooting by Kolton Sapp to give the Warriors breathing space.
The sharpshooter nailed down five treys in the game with West Point getting the advantage to 14 in the final half and knocking down every attempt Ardmore tried to get back into contention.
West Point showed good offense in both games, averaging 27.5 points for the first half and 25 for the second half.
Randy Jones' Warriors began the summer schedule Monday in Falkville, coming up short to Brewer 67-58.
Play day Hartselle was as sharp as ever. Faron Key's Tigers sent a message to 4A powerhouse Deshler in the opening half with sophomore guard Brody Peoples lighting it up from downtown. Hartselle displayed consistency in the contest, producing 33 points per half and running away from the visitors from Tuscumbia.
In the West Point-Hartselle battle, Hartselle gained an early lead with West Point working the ball inside to 6'5" center Tyler Thompson, who responded with three field goals in trying to keep the Warriors in it.
A shootout between Sapp and Peoples became a part of the festivity. Hartselle's balanced offense netted 40 points by the break and was able to move the lead to 61-41 in the second half.
West Point answered on shooting by Sapp, plus Whit Laney and low post scoring from Thompson and Brandon Ray, trimming it to 64-51 late in the game. But the Warriors could draw no closer, falling by a final margin of 16.
Deshler bounced back from the Hartselle defeat to take down Decatur in an intense battle. Deshler led 27-20 at the half and went to work on scoring in the paint that enabled the Tigers to stay on top and pull away in crunch time.
Up next for Sportspage:
A return visit to Brewer High School Wednesday for their next play day. A Blount County showdown between the Locust Fork and Susan Moore girls gets the day started at Randolph Ryan Gym at 9:00 a.m.
Brewer's Lady Patriots are scheduled to play as is John Paul II from Huntsville.
Varsity teams will invade the gym in the afternoon, starting with Brewer and Lincoln County, Tennessee at 2:45, Jasper vs. Danville 3:40, West Morgan vs. Lincoln County 4:35, Lincoln County vs. Decatur 5:30 and Decatur vs. Jasper at 6:25.
Photo 1: West Point PG Whit Laney drives against the Hartselle defense.
Photo 2: Hartselle coach Faron Key on the sidelines in game vs. Deshler Tuesday morning.
Photo 3: Bodies on the floor as West Point's Kolton Sapp (1) recovers a loose ball. Teammates Will Brown (14) and Whit Laney (3) battle it out with a Hartselle player.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton