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Belgreen girls triumph over Vina for area title

The Belgreen Bulldogs captured their thirdstraight win over the Vina Red Devils this year – and this one was for the Class 1A, Area 14 title, with the Bulldog girls winning 61-34.

The win gives eighth-ranked Belgreen the right to host the subregion game against Class 1A, Area 16 runnerup Covenant Christian Wednesday at 4 p.m. Vina will travel in subregion play to the Class 1A, Area 16 winner R.A. Hubbard Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“It was a great win for us,” said Belgreen Coach Chad Green. “Vina has a good team. I feel like we have improved as the year has gone on. We lost a lot of seniors last year and had to find our identity on this year’s team. I think we are playing well at the right time.”

Belgreen doubled up Vina in the first quarter, opening up with a 16-8 lead. The Bulldogs blew the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Red Devils 20-2 to take a 36-10 halftime lead.

Vina trimmed Belgreen’s lead by three points in the third quarter to 52-29.

Emma Dempsey scored 13 of Belgreen’s 16 thirdquarter points, including going seven-for-10 from the freethrow line. She led the Bulldogs with 26 points.

Dempsey was followed by Noelle Willingham with 13 points. Dacota Green added seven points, Kaley Chandler six points, Bryn Scott five points, Hannah Borden two points and Morgan Vandiver two points.

Sara Harper led Vina with 10 points, eight of which came in the third quarter. Abbi Mitchell added nine points, Sara Scott eight points, Hailey Cantrell four points, Abbie Petree two points and Kaley Attaway one point.