Playing without its leading scorer and starting point guard Cierria Cunningham, who sat out the game because of the flu, the Hillcrest girls’ basketball team made back-to-back baskets to control the lead in overtime and defeat visiting Paul W. Bryant, 53-51, in the AHSAA Class 6A, Area 7 tournament championship game.
With the win, Hillcrest (26-4) gets to remain at home where it will host a sub-regional game on Monday at 7 p.m. against Selma.
Three Patriots scored in double figures in the win, led by 16 points from tournament MVP Anya Banks. Antoria Childress scored 11 points and Alton James 12.
Banks, Childress, Jada Richards and Cunningham—who scored 12 points in the tournament’s first game — were named to the all-tournament team. Also making the all-tournament team were Bryant’s Ieisha Merida who led the championship game’s scoring with 24 points, and Jakina Hines who scored 16 points in the final. Northridge’s Amerlee Harton and Brookwood’s Kiyuana Foster were also selected to the all-tournament team.
CLASS 4A, AREA 7
Sipsey Valley 80,
BUHL – Senior Denetria Williams scored a career-high 30 points to lead Sipsey Valley in an 80-55 home win against Holt on Friday night in the AHSAA Class 4A, Area 7 tournament championship game.
Sipsey Valley (25-2) will host a sub-regional game on Monday at 7 p.m.
Williams was the tournament MVP. Her teammates joining her on the all-tournament squad were Taylor Smith, Shamir Brown and Yasmine Turner. Smith scored 16 points in the championship game. Turner scored 14 and Brown 10.
Holt’s Sierra Carter was the game’s second-highest scorer with 28 points. Katilyn Maneice scored 11.