The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 19, 2014

Tanner girls, boys advance to regional finals

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— The Class 2A Tanner girls earned their 20th victory with a 58-49 win against Cold Springs at the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville today, advancing to the regional finals at 9 a.m. Saturday against the winner of tonight’s Red Bay-Sulligent game.

The Rattlers (20-7) dispatched Cold Springs (27-7) with hot shooting from inside the 3-point line, as Tanner out-shot the Eagles 48.9 percent to 30 percent.

Freshman forward Kirstin Brown paced Tanner with 24 points and six rebounds. Kelsey Houston added 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field-goal range and six rebounds, while Sydney Houston had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Chloe Harbison had a team-high 20 points for Cold Springs, with Haley Freeman (14) and Emma Willoughby (11) also in double figures.

In a game that finished this evening, the Tanner boys followed with a 59-52 victory against Cold Springs, advancing to the finals at 10:30 a.m. Saturday against the winner of tonight’s Lexington-Vincent winner.

The Rattlers, which have won two of the past three 2A state titles in boys basketball, improved to 19-8. The Eagles finished their season at 22-10.

Northwest Regional Tournament schedule:

*Single-entry tickets are $8 or $30 for a weekend pass, while parking is $3 for the tournament, which is hosted by Wallace State Community College at Tom Drake Coliseum.

Thursday

West Limestone boys (20-12) vs. Butler (12-11), 7:30 p.m.

Friday

Athens boys (26-3) vs. Parker (20-6), 2 p.m.

Saturday

Tanner girls (20-7) vs. Red Bay-Sulligent winner, 9 a.m.

Tanner boys vs. Lexington or Vincent winner, 10:40 a.m.