County teams finish regular season games
By Bart Moss for the FCT
Tharptown 70, Red Bay 46
The Tharptown Wildcats defeated the Red Bay Tigers in the first of the team’s two match-ups last week 70-46. Bailey Motes led the Wildcats with 17 points. Others scoring for Tharptown were Blake Gray (9), Max Nolen (8), Zack Wilson (6), Braden Key (6), Heath Hatton (4), Aaron Creasy (4), Levi McCormack (4), Mikey Rosson (4), Gabe Lawler (3), Cole Daniel (3) and Nathan Chaney (2).
Scoring for Red Bay were Levi McNatt (9), Tate Ozbirn (8), Tanner Nichols (8), Peyton Green (7), Kurton Hiser (4), Austin Milam (3), Colton Corum (3), Gath Weatherford (2) and Dylan Pearson (2).
Tharptown 70, Red Bay 35
Tharptown defeated Red Bay in the second matchup of last week 70-35. Bailey Motes led Tharptown with 13 points. Blake Gray and Max Nolen added 12 points each. Others scoring for Tharptown were Nathan Chaney (6), Levi McCormack (5), Braden Key (5), Cole Daniel (5), Heath Hatton (4), Mikey Rosson (4) and Gabe Lawler (3).
Chandler Allen led Red Bay with 11 points. Others scoring for the Tigers were Tate Ozbirn (9), Gath Weatherford (8), Peyton Green (3), Kurton Hiser (2) and Tanner Nichols (2).
Phil Campbell 61, Shoals Christian 31
The Phil Campbell Bobcats notched an easy victory on Senior Night, defeating Shoals Christian 61-31. Hayden Copeland led Phil Campbell with 16 points, and Peyton Thomas had 14 points. Noah Williams added 11 points. Others scoring for the Bobcats were Jacob Anthony (6), Andrew Pennington (5), Rhett Benford (4), Gage Roberson (3) and Joe Hardy (2).
Tharptown 55, East Lawrence 51
The Tharptown Wildcats narrowly escaped their final regular season opponent, the East Lawrence Eagles, 55-51, last week. Tharptown led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Eagles blew past the Wildcats in the second quarter 24-15 to take a 34-30 halftime lead. Tharptown edged a bit closer in the third quarter to make the score 42-39. The Wildcats outscored the Eagle 16-9 in the final period of play to get the win.
Max Nolen led Tharptown with 19 points. Bailey Motes added 14 points, and Blake Gray finished with ten points. Others scoring for the Wildcats were Heath Hatton (6), Nathan Chaney (3) and Matthew Brasuell (3).
Red Bay 59, Tharptown 39
The Red Bay Tigers defeated the Tharptown Wildcats in the first of the team’s two matchups last week 59-39. Allie Kennedy and Darby Madden led the Tigers with 15 points and 14 points respectively. Others scoring for Red Bay were Hope Cook (8), Holly Hardin (3), Katie Burks (3), Reagan Kuykendall (2) and Brooklyn Bolton (2).
Scoring for Tharptown were Jessica Wilson (9), Kaitlyn Vandiver (8), Haley Malone (5), Linda Bahena (5), Catie Dawson (4), Amelia Dawson (4), Ashlyn Vandiver (2) and Aly Vandiver (2).
In a show of sportsmanship, Red Bay allowed senior Ashlyn Vandiver to score a layup at the beginning of the game. Vandiver has been unable to play basketball for three years due to a heart condition that has sidelined her from sports. The assist came from her younger sister, Aly.
Red Bay 67, Tharptown 40
The Red Bay Tigers defeated the Tharptown Wildcats in the team’s second matchup of the week 67-40. Allie Kennedy and Darby Madden led Red Bay with 15 points each. Others scoring for the Tigers were Hope Cook (8), Morgan Pierce (5), Brooke Shewbart (4), Brooklyn Bolton (4), Carlee Humphres (3), Sarah Williams (3), Holly Hardin (3), Mallori Miller (2), Katie Burks (2), Carlie Lindley (2) and Reagan Kuykendall (1).
Jessica Wilson led the scoring for Tharptown with 11 points. Others scoring for the Wildcats were Ameliah Dawson (6), Haley Malone (5), Erica Gray (5), Kaitlyn Vandiver (4), Catie Dawson (3), Linda Bahena (2), Debbie Gomez (2) and Klaudia Harris (2).
Phil Campbell 61, Shoals Christian 46
The Phil Campbell Bobcats got an easy win on Senior Night, defeating Shoals Christian 61-46. Leah Gunderman led the Bobcats with 12 points. Abby Davis scored 11 points. Darby Elliot and Carley Nix added ten points each. Others scoring for Phil Campbell were Harley Voyles (6), Dakota Elliot (5), Chloe Roberson (4) and Elizabeth Benford (3).
East Lawrence 61, Tharptown 59
Tharptown got upended by the East Lawrence Eagles in a tight game last week, 61-59. After both teams battled to a 13-13 deadlock in the first quarter, East Lawrence outscored Tharptown 21-11 in the second quarter to take a 34-24 first half lead. Tharptown battled back, outscoring East Lawrence 19-13 in the third quarter and 16-14 in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Katilyn Vandiver led Tharptown with 23 points. Amelia Dawson added 13 points, and Jessica Wilson added 12 points. Others scoring for the Wildcats were Haley Malone (8) and Erica Gray (3).
Vina 57, Waterloo 47
Vina varsity girls finished the season on a winning note Friday night, defeating Waterloo by a score of 57 to 47. Waterloo took an early lead, 14 to 13, after the first quarter, despite six points by Vina’s junior AnnaBelle Upton. Upton finished with eight points in the game. Junior Mary Clingan scored four of her nine points in the second quarter as Vina tied the game at 27-27 at halftime. In the third stanza, freshman Emma Humphres hit two three-pointers as Vina pulled out to a 43-36 lead. Humphres would finish with 14 points. Sophomore Abby Hester would score half of Vina’s 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Red Devils cruised to a 57-47 victory. Hester finished with a triple/double with 20 points; 12 assists; and ten rebounds. Junior Montana Howard chipped in six more points for Vina’s final tally.