Girls Area Basketball: Lynn routs Marion Co. for area title; Cordova falls at Winfield
by Johnathan Bentley
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Lynn's Reagan Tittle cuts down the nets after the Bears' 58-13 win over Marion County in the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament championship game Saturday at Lynn High School. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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LYNN — Jackee Dodd, Lindsey Tompkin and Emma Easley played just over two quarters worth of Saturday’s game against Marion County.

That proved to be more than enough.

The trio scored a total of 38 points as No. 4 Lynn blasted the Red Raiders 58-13 in the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament championship game at Lynn High School.

With the win, Lynn (28-1) earned a spot in the sub-region round of the state playoffs. The Bears — winners of 17 straight games — host Decatur Heritage at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Lynn is one win away from its third straight trip to the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville. R.A. Hubbard has knocked the Bears out of the tournament each of the last two years.

On Saturday, Lynn needed just minutes to put the game out of reach. Behind the scoring of Dodd and Tompkin, Lynn took a 16-0 lead into the second quarter.

Things only got worse from there for Marion County.

Both Easley and Tompkin scored six quick points in the second quarter and Dodd added a couple of layups as the Bears built a 30-0 lead at the midway points of the second quarter. By the time Marion County finally got on the scoreboard with 3:23 left in the half, the game was already decided.

Lynn led 36-4 at the half, and outscored the Red Raiders 15-0 in the third quarter for a 51-4 advantage going into the final quarter.

For Lynn, Dodd had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Tompkin added 13 points, six boards and five steals, Easley had 10 points, four rebounds and four steals, Reagan Tittle had seven points and six assists, Brooklyn Beck added five points, Holly Murray put in four, Brooke Harris had three and Abbey Terry scored a point.

Decatur Heritage, Lynn’s sub-regional opponent, finished as the runner up in Area 14, losing to Falkville 45-38 on Saturday.

The All-Area 13 Team was announced after the game. Lynn’s Easley, Tittle, Tompkin and Dodd made the squad as well as Marion County’s Erica Walker, Candace Potter and Jennifer Ryan; Sumiton Christian’s Kendell Hamm and Collin Bowen; Brilliant’s Brittany Farley and Oakley Ward and Parrish’s Savannah Jones.

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Class 3A, Area 14 Tournament

Winfield 65, Cordova 51

From the start Saturday afternoon, things weren’t going Cordova’s way.

To begin with, the tip off of the Class 3A, Area 14 Tournament championship game at Winfield was delayed two-and-a-half hours due to a scheduling conflict involving the referees.

Once the game started, Cordova’s luck didn’t change. Two starters went down with injuries in the first half and a total of four Blue Devils fouled out in the game as Winfield picked up the area tournament title with a 65-51 victory over Cordova.

Next up for Cordova is a trip to Danville.

The teams will play a sub-regional game at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Hawks defeated Good Hope 44-42 in the championship game of the Area 13 Tournament on Saturday. Winfield led throughout, taking a 16-7 lead into the second quarter. Cordova trailed 40-25 at the half and 53-41 going into the final quarter.

“The girls played extremely hard. I’m proud of the effort,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said.

Starters Raigan Sherer (knee) and Kelsey Stracner (shoulder) were injured in the first half. Stracner said his daughter should be ready to play again by Thursday’s game. He’s not as optimistic concerning Sherer’s status.

By the end of the game, Cordova’s bench was depleted due to foul trouble. No Winfield players had more than two fouls.

Alexis Cooper led the Blue Devils with 16 points, Morgan Martin added 11 points and Jessica Willingham had eight points.

Despite the loss, Cordova is still one win away from a trip to the regional tournament.

“It will be tough, but you never know, anything can happen,” Stracner said.

Cordova 17-15) has already more than doubled last year’s win total of eight in Stracner’s second season.