Brewer advances to Regional finals, Hartselle ousted
Todd Thompson, Hartselle Enquirer
HANCEVILLE - A showdown between Class 5A, Area 13 rivals Brewer and Hartselle won’t take place in the Northwest Regionals this year.
Brewer reached the regional final with a 73-38 victory over Mortimer Jordan in the semifinals, but Hartselle’s season came to an end with a 54-38 loss to Wenonah.
Brewer trailed 12-5 early in the game before running off on an 18-0 tear against the young Lady Devils.
Morgan Crawley led all scorers with 18 points in the Lady Patriots’ win. Kendra Jones added 13 points.
Mortimer Jordan’s Shea Bowman led the Lady Devils with 12 points.
Peyton Davis, a 6-foot-4 sophomore post player, finshed with 12 rebounds and nine points.
Brewer will face Wenonah in the Class 5A Northwest Regional championship game at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tom Drake Coliseum on the Wallace State Community College campus.
Wenonah 54, Hartselle 38
Wenonah took advantage of its front line size to beat Hartselle 54-38 in a Northwest Region semifinal game Wednesday.
Hartselle, who beat Wenonah last season on the way to a Final Four berth, finished the year with a 19-13 record.
Alex Holmes led Hartselle with 16 points after hitting six of her 15 shots from the field. Jessi Smith, a University of North Alabama signee, concluded her Lady Tigers’ career with 15 points.
Wenonah’s Karneisha Garrett scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lady Dragons. Terrenisha Hollis added 14 points and six rebounds.
Hartselle scored just 15 points in the first half, but the Lady Tigers trailed just 18-15 at the break.
The Lady Tigers struggled from the field, hitting just 14 of 48 shots against the Lady Dragons.
The Lady Tigers’ loss was the final game for five Hartselle seniors - Anna Reeves, Lauren Dye, Smith, Kaitlin Faulkner and Heather Speegle - who reached the Northwest Regional tournament for four straight years.