AHSAA Northwest Regional Monday
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville:
5A G: Wenonah 54, Fairview 38
5A G: Lee Huntsville 69, Pleasant Grove 47
5A: Wenonah 64, Fairview 42
5A: Lee Huntsville 73, Pleasant Grove 40
2A G: Phil Campbell 46, Cold Springs 29 (Championship)
2A: Tanner 73, Mars Hill 56 (Championship)
FLASH NOTES: Fans supporting the Phil Campbell Lady Bobcats came to Wallace State on Presidents' Day with t-shirts saying "We came to make a statement."
The No. 8 team in Class 2A did just that, denying Cold Springs the regional crown as they neutralized the Lady Eagles' attack, holding them to 28 percent shooting and 30 percent in three-point attempts.
What made it much worse for the Lady Eagles, five of 19 from the free throw line for 26 percent.
More unfortunate circumstances for the Lady Eagles, with Elizabeth Hill suffering an injury to her left elbow.
That occurred in the second quarter with Cold Springs trailing 20-15 at the half. They were in contention despite three of 10 from the line by intermission and Hill dealing with pain from the injury.
Cold Springs contained junior Abby Davis, allowing her only two points in the game.
They could not slow down sophomore Kallie Allen, who led Phil Campbell (27-5) with 20 points and was named the tournament MVP.
Senior Darby Elliott sparked for the Lady Bobcats in the third with four field goals for nine points as Phil Campbell upped the lead to 35-20, closing out on a 15-5 surge in the third.
Davis and Elliott joined Allen on the All-Tournament team. Cold Springs got Camryn Crider and Hill for how they played in leading the Lady Eagles past Lamar County in the semis 59-41.
On Monday, Crider scored 11 before fouling out, Hill managed nine, playing the second half with her left elbow taped.
Cold Springs completes the season at 21-13, playing in the regional final for the third time in the last four years.
The Lady Eagles have produced 109 wins in the last five years with West in command. Cold Springs will not lose a starter with Hill, Crider, Kinley Campbell, Aubrey Negron and Toni West to come back.
The only seniors off the squad are Prisca McAnnally and Charlotte Cummuings Scholarship Award winner from the county tournament, Zoe Strawbridge.
Fairview Lady Aggies fell behind to four-time 5A state champion Wenonah 15-7 after the first and trailed 34-18 at the half.
They did outscore Wenonah 15-11 in third to close to 45-33 and managed to trim the deficit to 45-35 at the start of the fourth period.
But PG Taylor Yeager and SG Abby Schnittker were unable to score, an item that spelled doom for the Cullman County champion.
Senior center Abbi Taylor played well by scoring 20 in her final game in a Fairview uniform. Taylor scored six field goals from close range and was deadly by hitting eight of nine free throws, including her last six attempts.
McKinna Yearwood scored seven in her final game.
Taylor told Sportspage after the game she has committed to play next year at Snead State.
Yearwood will be going to college in Boaz next year as well, with a volleyball scholarship.
The Aggies challenged No. 2 Wenonah for much of the game, taking a 15-12 lead at the end of the first. Wenonah then went on a 24-11 second period explosion and led at the break, 36-26.
Fairview was down 46-35 following the third, then struggled by scoring only seven in the fourth with Wenonah putting 18 on the board to close out the Aggies' quest for a berth to the regional final.
Bryson Fletcher had a good outing for the Aggies (17-15) in his final game for Fairview. Luke Yarbrough tossed in eight, Cameron Guthrie seven.
7A G: Sparkman vs. Hoover 9:00 (Championship)
7A: Sparkman vs. Hoover 10:45 (Championship)
6A G: Hazel Green vs. Minor 12:30 (Championship)
6A: Hazel Green vs. Austin 2:15 (Championship)
1A G: Phillips vs. Holy Spirit 4:00 (Championship)
1A: South Lamar vs. RA Hubbard (Championship)
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton