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Hartselle rally falls short

Key likes Tigers’ fight, but wants more energy

FLORENCE – An 18-point deficit proved just too large for Hartselle to overcome, as the Tigers fell to Florence 83-69 Friday night at the Coffee Gymnasium.

Hartselle (9-11) faced its largest deficit in the third quarter, trailing 60-42, but the Tigers went on an 8-0 run in the final minute that included a steal on the inbounds pass and a lay-up as time expired in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 60-50.

The run extended to 12-0 after Hartselle made back-to-back baskets, forcing a Falcon timeout.

The Tigers cut the Florence lead to five points before the Falcons put the game away in the final minutes.

Hartselle head coach Faron Key said he liked the fight of his team, but he was concerned why it took them so long to show that fight.

“I loved the way we fought there at the end, but I’m not sure why we didn’t show that fight right out of the locker room,” Key said. “When you’re playing Florence in their gym, you have to have that fight right from the beginning.

“This was a really difficult week for our team coming back from the holiday. We didn’t really have the energy level that we needed. It didn’t help that we also played Austin and Florence in the same week, and it doesn’t get any easier next week with Decatur, Cullman and Florence.”

The Tigers actually held a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Hartselle defense couldn’t hold back the Falcons in the next three quarters. Florence scored 26, 22 and 23 in the final three stanzas while Hartselle managed 10, 25 and 18.

Isaac Taylor helped lead the comeback with 14 of his 20 points in the second half. He finished with five 3-pointers.

Dolan Golden added 16 points including 10-for-11 at the foul line. Jaylan Jackson scored all 7 of his points in the fourth quarter.

Seth Garner and Josiah Lanier added 6 each followed by Casen Wallace and Tobias Mitchell with 5 each, Kylar Topps with 3 and Jaxon Peebles with 1.

Dee Smith led Florence with 27 points while Austin Ricks and Jan Coffee with 16 each and Jakobi Byrd with 10.

GIRLS: Austin 57, Hartselle 47

Riley Terry’s 19 points, including five 3-pointers, wasn’t enough, as the Lady Tigers fell to area rival Austin last week.

Kayla Key and Allie Roden finished with 7 each followed by Klyne Osborne and Lindsay Berry with 4 each and Anna Mathis and Mary Jane Wooley with 3 each.

Tyra Johnson paced Austin with 11.

GIRLS: Hartselle 55, West Morgan 44

Kayla Key poured in 18 points to lead Hartselle to a win over West Morgan.

Riley Terry added 12 points followed by Anna Mathis with 9, Allie Roden with 7, Madison Williams with 5 and Lindsay Berry and Klyne Osborne with 2 each.

Hannah Flack paced West Morgan with 13.

GIRLS: Florence 58, Hartselle 46

Florence outscored Hartselle 25-8 in the second quarter to coast to a win Friday.

Riley Terry led Hartselle with 15 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Kayla Key added 10 points followed by Anna Mathis with 7, Allie Roden with 6, Anna Stinson and Katie Glasgow with 3 each and Klyne Osborne with 2.

Alexis Sherrod led Florence with 16 points followed by Lakien Dillard with 15 and Jalexis Russell with 12.

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