Lynn closes in on regional
by Johnathan Bentley
Feb 12, 2012 | 1229 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lynn’s Ellie Pendley puts up a shot over a pair of Addison defenders during the 1A, Area 12 Tournament championship game Saturday at Lynn. The Lady Bears won 43-19. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Lynn’s Ellie Pendley puts up a shot over a pair of Addison defenders during the 1A, Area 12 Tournament championship game Saturday at Lynn. The Lady Bears won 43-19. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
LYNN — Lynn is closing in on another trip to the regional tournament.

The Lady Bears used a huge second-half push to pull away from Addison and win their second straight 1A, Area 11 Tournament title, beating the Lady Bulldogs 43-19 Saturday night at Lynn High School.

Lynn (28-1) got off to a sluggish start in the first half, but turned a six-point halftime lead into a runaway thanks to a 13-0 spurt in the third quarter. Addison was held scoreless in the first and third quarters.

Next up for the third-ranked Lady Bears is a sub-region matchup against Pickens County, the Area 9 runner up on Thursday. The game is tentatively scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.

Thursday’s winner advances to the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville.The Lady Bears, who have now won 16 straight games, have advanced to the regional tournament each of the last two seasons.

Against Addison, Lynn’s defense controlled the game. The Lady Bulldogs didn’t score until the five-minute mark of the second quarter. Addison cut Lynn’s lead to 15-9 at the half.

“We got off to a slow start,” Lynn coach Adam Gray said. “We had some good looks, we just missed them. We got out in the second half and got some of same shots and started making some of them.”

Reagan Tittle was behind Lynn’s third-quarter run. She opened the half with a pair of free throws. After a Linsdey Tompkin basket, Tittle hit a jumper in the lane, made a free throw and connected on a 3-pointer in front of the Lynn bench for a 25-9 lead with 2:25 left in the quarter.

Brooke Harris followed with a 3-pointer of her own as Lynn took a 28-9 lead into the fourth quarter.

Addison (17-8) didn’t score in the quarter and made just seven shots in the game.

Harris hit another 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter. Tittle followed with a layup and a 3-pointer as Lynn took a 36-12 lead. Jackee Dodd finished strong, hitting three shots and a free throw down the stretch.

“Defensively, for the most part we were pretty good. Defense wins games for you and it did for us tonight. That’s what we hang our hat on,” Gray said.

Lynn gives up an average of just 28 points per game and allowed 40 or more points just twice this season. The Lady Bears knocked off Berry 48-41 in the season opener and lost to Holy Spirit 43-25.

On Saturday, Tittle led Lynn with 14 points, Dodd finished with 11, Harris and Ellie Pendley each had six, Tompkin put in four and Brooklyn Beck added two.

For Addison, Lauren Lowery had nine points and Callie Brewer added five.

Lynn’s Tittle, Dodd, Tompkin and Pendley made the All-Tournament team along with Lowery, Heather Baldwin and Lauren Cutcher of Addison and Haylee Ragsdale and Anna Mauldin of Meek.

Winfield 57, Carbon Hill 26

Winfield rolled to the Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament championship on Saturday, beating Carbon Hill 57-26 at Winfield High School.

With the win, No. 9 Winfield earned its 16th straight win and beat Carbon Hill for the third time this season.

The Lady Pirates took control early, jumping out to a 15-4 lead after the opening quarter. They pushed the advantage to 32-10 at the half. Winfield led 47-19 after three quarters.

Winfield will host the loser of the Area 11 Tournament championship game between No. 8 Holly Pond and Vinemont on Thursday. The two teams play on Monday. Carbon Hill will travel to face the area champ, also on Thursday.

Against Winfield, Meagan Bice led Carbon Hill (19-11) with six points, Caroline Dodd, Lindsay Fluker, Brittany Harding and Ashley Tubbs each had four and both Molli Clark and Mallorie Buzbee had two.

“I felt like we were ready to play, but they jumped on us right off the start,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “Even though we had talked about not panicking when they made a run, we never recovered and they beat us in every phase of the game.”

Haleyville 37, Dora 29

Haleyville used a second-quarter run to build a big lead and the Lady Lions held on to defeat Dora 37-29 in the Class 4A, Area 11 Tournament championship game Saturday at Haleyville High School.

Haleyville led by 12 points at the half. Dora cut the gap to four points in the fourth quarter, but got no closer as the Lady Lions earned the right to host a sub-region playoff game on Thursday.

Dora travels to No. 1-ranked Good Hope for its sub-region game Thursday. The Lady Red Raiders knocked off Priceville 58-43 for the 4A, Area 13 title.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed Haleyville 10-7 after the opening quarter, but they were outscored 11-2 in the second quarter. Haleyville led 21-9 at the half and 28-17 after three quarters.

“We cut their lead down to four points with five minutes to go in the game. The lead was six or seven down the stretch,” Dora coach Brian Keeton said. “We had an opportunity to win the game. We just couldn’t hit shots. We played really well defensively. We put in a matchup zone.”

Symone Billups scored nine points to lead Dora while Antionette Grant added six and Kelby Bencko had five.