Summer basketball at Hartselle

Four Morgan County teams compete in summer ball tournament at Hartselle High School

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

 

As Hartselle head basketball coach Faron Key put it; “It doesn’t get any better than this.” That was the feeling at Hartselle high school as the school hosted a summer ball tournament featuring 12 teams from North Alabama. Varsity play started at 11 a.m. and carried on through 7 p.m. as teams alternated between the main gym and the auxiliary gym. There were 18 total varsity games played.

Hartselle and Danville got things going to start the day. It was a sluggish start but Hartselle eventually found their way to a 33-14 halftime lead and a 61-28 win. The Tigers showed off their great perimeter shooting as Kyle Eddy and Trace Hill knocked in multiple three pointers. Hartselle also turned up their full court trap defense that helped them force turnovers and run away with the game.

Later the West Morgan Rebels would take on West Point Warriors. The Rebels played good early on to take a 33-28 halftime lead but some bad second half shooting cost them the game 74-63. West Morgan returned four starters but are trying to adjust to losing star forward Keandre Swopes as well as find who can step up on the bench.

Hartselle would take on Deshler for their second game of the day. Deshler jumped out quickly to an 11-point lead but Hartselle managed to rally to cut it to 17-15. However, Deshler would take over and eventuaaly win 52-35. Unlike the first game, Hartselle’s perimeter shooting was almost non-existent as they climbed into the double-digit margin in missed three pointers. It was clear that Hartselle can’t fall in the low field goal percentages if they wish to play with top tier teams.

Priceville would also get in on the action when they took on East Lawrence. The Bulldogs came out firing as they were nailing shots from behind the arch and took a 34-24 halftime lead. East Lawrence would come back in the second to make it interesting as they took a 59-57 lead with .15 left. Priceville would miss the tying shot and fall 59-57.

Later in the week on June 16, the girls would get in on the action as Hartselle and Danville faced off. The Tigers would play without star player Moriah Taylor. Danville’s full court press would cause major fits for the Tigers as they caused numerous turnovers, which helped them take a 28-20 lead at halftime. In the second half, they would keep it up to take a 51-35 lead. After the game, Danville coach Paul Wilson was pleased with the team’s play. “It is just summer, but I was very pleased with how they locked in, in the last four minutes of each half,” said Wilson. “Hartselle makes you play tough, and I was very pleased with the way we were able to put pressure on them.” Danville would also take on Hatton later in the day, who they would also beat by a score of 57-37.

Hartselle would take on West Limestone in their last game of the day. The two teams would be tied at halftime 14-14 and 32-32 with about 20 seconds left. Hartselle would fail to score and would eventually lose in overtime 38-32.

 

 

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