Lady ‘Dogs hold off HHS comeback
Priceville’s Lady Bulldogs (9-11, 4-1) survived a furious late run by Hartselle with clutch free throw shooting to win 51-45 Saturday afternoon.
Priceville led 46-36 with 3:30 remaining in the game, but Hartselle got 3-pointers from Belaine Allen, Melissa Paul Hill and Sarah Horner to close the gap to 48-45 with one minute to go.
That would be as close as Hartselle could get. Allen had a game-tying 3-pointer rim out with about 50 seconds to go. Then, the Lady Tigers missed a pair of free throws with 38.9 that could have cut the lead to 1.
Peyton Parker made two free throws and McKenzie Parker added another to seal the win.
Priceville coach Terrie Nelson said the difference in the game was the Lady Bulldogs’ 53-22 advantage in rebounding.
“Our rebounding and our free throw shooting is what won this game tonight,” Nelson said. “This was a big game for our girls to get a win over Hartselle.”
Molly Thompson led Priceville with 15 points and 17 rebounds followed by McKenzie Parker with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Katie Barker scored 10 points and collected five rebounds.
Emilee Cunningham and Alex Moore added 4 points each while Peyton Parker added 3 points with six rebounds and Amanda St. John and Jada Beverly scored two each. Moore also pulled down 7 rebounds.
Hartselle was led by Quanesha Burks with 9 points followed by Roden with 8; Kanesia Elliot, Roden and Horner with 6 each; Melissa Paul Hill with 5; Alice Ann Glasgow with 4; and Brittney Moore with 1.
Hartselle forced 30 turnovers, 22 of which were steals including 7 from Horner. The Lady Tigers only turned that into 16 points. Priceville converted 23 of 28 free throws while Hartselle was 5 of 12 from the charity stripe.
Priceville 68, Fairview 49
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Aggies 23-3 in the second quarter to earn their fourth area win Friday night.
Thompson led the lead with 22 points followed by Beverly with 12, Moore with 11 and Cunningham with 10 points. Barker added 7 points and 15 rebounds while McKenzie Parker had four and Peyton Parker scored 2 and dished out 8 assists.
Fairview was led by Sabrina Russell with 17 points.
Priceville will travel to Good Hope on Friday for a chance to tie for first place in the area. If Good Hope wins, they will host the area tournament. If Priceville wins, a coin flip could determine whether Priceville or Good Hope gets to host the area tournament.