The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

February 26, 2013

Breaking: Top-ranked Tanner fends off Luverne 51-50

Rattlers advance to 2A state championship

— No. 1 Tanner used clutch free throw shooting and a late fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Luverne 51-50 Thursday afternoon in the state semifinals at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

Justin “Bubba” Smith, who had a team-leading 12 points and nine rebounds, sank the winning free throw to cap a frenetic sequence in the game’s closing seconds.

After Luverne’s Donta’ Hall blocked a Greg Maclin layup, Tanner corralled the offensive rebound and Smith was fouled. Smith missed the front-end of two free throws but converted the second to finish 4 of 6 from the line.

Luverne had two seconds remaining in the final possession but Jace Haggermaker stole the ball from Uriah Brown to end the game.

Desmond Love shot 4 of 9 from the field to finish with 10 points, and Greg Maclin had 11 points and was 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. Haggermaker added six points and seven rebounds.

DeAnthony Rutledge led Luverne with 12 points. Preston Sankey, Jamarcus June and Hall each had 10 points.

Tanner shot 76.5 percent from the free throw line, while Luverne was only 3-of-15. Luverne had a 20-11 turnover advantage, and scored 22 second-chance points.

The Rattlers jumped out to a an eight-point lead early in the first quarter, and Luverne led by nine points late in the second period thanks to a 23-11 scoring advantage in a game with several lead changes and ties.

Tanner (28-4) will play at 11 a.m. Friday in the 2A state championship game at the BJCC. The Rattlers, who are attempting to win their second title in three seasons, will face the winner of the other semifinal  between No. 7 Elba and unranked Lafayette.

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee