AHSAA Northwest Regional Friday report
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville:
6A G: Minor 54, McAdory 49
6A G: Hazel Green 51, Hartselle 29
6A: Austin 43, Muscle Shoals 38
6A: Hazel Green 59, Columbia 54
1A G: Phillips 53, RA Hubbard 49
1A G: Holy Spirit 58, Belgreen 33
1A: RA Hubbard 66, Belgreen 51
1A: South Lamar 58, Meek 46
FLASH NOTES: Five teams that came to the NW Regional ranked in their respective class were eliminated from postseason play.
A feature game was in Class 6A between defending regional champion Hazel Green Lady Trojans (No. 1) and 7th ranked Hartselle Lady Tigers.
Hartselle stormed to a 13-5 lead after the first period before Hazel Green rallied and led at the half 21-20. Hazel Green went on a 22-run in the third period to break the game open and coasted from that point.
Hazel Green knocked down 68 percent (11-16) of its second half field goals, allowing Hartselle three of 17 through the final 16:00 and only one of 10 in three-point tries.
Brooke Hampel netted 23 for Hazel Green (32-2) with Hartselle (25-5) getting 13 by point guard Moriah Taylor.
Austin moved a step closer of defending its 6A regional title. The Black Bears stunned No. 3 Muscle Shoals 43-38, overcoming a 19-15 halftime bulge.
Austin outscored Muscle Shoals 15-6 in the third to take 30-26 lead and was able to hang on due to Muscle Shoals shooting four of 10 from the foul line in the fourth and having four turnovers in the final 2:00.
Fabian Bell scored 15 to lead the Black Bears to their 16th win of the season against 11 losses, with Hazel Green to face them in the title game Tuesday.
A dandy of game was in 1A girls with 2nd ranked Phillips getting past 6th ranked RA Hubbard 53-49. Phillips settled the score in avenging a loss to Hubbard in the regional final one year ago.
Sophomore Alicyn McCollum produced 19 for the She Bears, now 27-3. Hubbard, the defending regional champ, was led by Catera Troupe and Nautica Bibbs with 14 each. Hubbard concludes the season at 17-6.
In the finale, No. 7 Meek was trying to eliminate defending regional champ South Lamar. Meek got a 22-21 lead at the half, but fell behind in the third quarter as the Stallions got 15 of 21 points from 6'6" Malik Cox and took the lead at 42-32.
Cox would lead the Stallions to their 20th win against six defeats by scoring 24 points.
Meek's season came to a close at 25-6, an improvement from a 13-13 record in 2017.
Payton Key netted four treys for the Tigers and scored 14 points.
4A G: Good Hope vs. Danville 9:00 (WKUL-FM)
4A: Haleyville vs. Cordova 10:30
4A G: Deshler vs. Priceville 12:00
4A: Deshler vs. Fayette County 1:30
3A G: Colbert County vs. Carbon Hill 3:00
3A: Lauderdale County vs. Elkmont 4:30
3A G: Lauderdale County vs. West Morgan 6:00
3A: Holly Pond vs. Hanceville 7:30 (WKUL-FM)
Photo 1: Large crowd of Hartselle student body cheering on Lady Tigers in 6A semifinal vs. No. 1 ranked Hazel Green Friday afternoon.
Photo 2: From left, Cullman coach Bobby Meyer, assistant coach Cory Meyer, Josh Hembree's daughter and Cullman girls coach Josh Hembree watching the Austin-Muscle Shoals game from the East stands of Tom Drake Coliseum.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton