Hartselle Tigers take tourney title
Hartselle cruises to 72-59 win over West Morgan for county championship
Nick Johnston, Hartselle Enquirer
DANVILLE – The Hartselle Tigers won their second Morgan County Championship in three years by knocking off West Morgan 72-59 in the title game.
Hartselle beat host Danville 83-67 in the semi-finals for a shot at the championship.
Hartselle 72, W. Morgan 59
"This was real special for our seniors," head coach Johnny Berry said. "We had the toughest road to the championship, playing Brewer first and then playing Danville on their home floor. But, we feel great right now. Anytime we take a shot, we think it's going to go in."
Hartselle shot 50 percent against West Morgan in the win. Zac Ward led Hartselle with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Marlon Chapman, the tournament MVP, scored 18 points.
Gary Speegle added 10 and Tyler Reeves scored nine points.
Hartselle 83, Danville 67
The Tigers held on to a five-point lead at halftime before exploding for 30 points in the third quarter as Hartselle earned a trip to the finals.
The Tigers outscored Danville 30-18 in the third stanza to open a 17-point lead.
Chapman scored a game-high 27 points, while Ward had 20 and Reeves scored 12. All 12 of Reeves' points came from beyond the arc.
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Cody Camper scored 21 for Danville and Matt Young had 19. Nate Orr scored 13 points and Patrick Pinchon had 12.
Named to the 2002-2003 All-Morgan County Team were Zac Ward, Tyler Reeves and Marlon Chapman (Hartselle), Lemont Jackson, Brett Mooneyham and Matt Rice (Brewer), John Betterton and Jonathan Lacy (Falkville), Antwain Jackson and Adam Owens (West Morgan), Nate Orr and Cody Camper (Danville).