By Jesse Lamar
DANVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions secured themselves a spot in post-season
play on Wednesday night, placing runner-up in the Class 4A Area 13 tournament.
The Lady Lions defeated rival Hamilton 50-48 earlier in the week to advance to
the title match and fell to the hosting Lady Hawks 86-51 in the championship
In their first match of the week, the Lady Lions traveled to Danville High
School on Monday to face off against the Hamilton Lady Aggies. The Lady Lions
trailed most of the game, but a strong fourth period allowed the Lions to come
back and claim the win.
The game started out with the Lady Lions dropping in the first bucket of the
matchup, but the Lady Aggies were in attack mode, quickly answering the score
and coming back with a few baskets of their own. Heading into the second
period, Hamilton held a 13-9 lead.
The Lady Lions were back on the board early in the second period, finding the
basket early and often. Haleyville outscored Hamilton 12-11 in the the period
to bring it within three before heading into halftime. Going into the locker
rooms, Hamilton led 24-21.
The third period was back-and-forth scoring. Each bucket saw an answer on the opposite side of the court as the teams were driving up the points
before heading into the final eight minutes of the game. Going into the fourth,
Hamilton led 36-31.
The Lady Lions were still down as they played through the opening half of the
period, finding the basket on more than a few occasions. Although the Lady
Lions were outscoring the Aggies in the period, the result didn’t match the scoreboard as the Lions still trailed with just under a minute to
go. Trailing 48-46, the Lady Lions looked to Kelley Banks who connected on a
deep 3-pointer to give the Lions a one-point lead with 40 seconds to go, the
Lady Lions wouldn’t trail again. Hamilton attempted to find the bottom of the basket on a few
plays, but were unable to penetrate the rallying Lady Lion defense. Anna Laine
Godsey added another point from the charity stripe with just over 10 seconds to
go to round out the score for the Lady Lions.
Banks was the Lady Lions’ leading scorer. She posted 21 points in the win to go with 1 rebound, 1 assist
and a steal. Leslie Wright posted 8 points in the win to go with 3 rebounds and
a block. Emily Tidwell put up 7 points to compliment her 15 rebounds and three
blocks. Anna Laine Godsey posted 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Allie Temple found the board for 3 points and Natalie Epperson and AB Lowe each
found 2 points in the win.
The second night of competition was on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Lady Lions
traveled back to Danville High School to face off against the Lady Hawks.
The Lady Lions got off to a slow start, allowing Danville to find the basket on
a consistent basis, mostly with outside shots. Going into the second period the
Lady Lions were trailing 19-6.
Danville kept up the pace in the second period, hitting virtually every shot
they took, outscoring the Lady Lions 27-12. Going into halftime, the Lady Lions
were trailing 46-18.
The Lady Lions got off to a hot start in the second half, starting the period
with a 12-4 run. The Lady Hawks answered the run with one of their own,
finishing off the period by outscoring the Lady Lions 13-4. Going into the
final period Danville held a 63-34 lead.
Danville kept up the pressure, outscoring Haleyville 23-17 in the final minutes
of the game, rounding out the final score.
Godsey was the Lady Lions’ leading scorer on the night. She posted 14 points to go with 2 rebounds, 1
assist and 3 steals. Kayleigh White was second on the board with 9 points. She
also had 1 rebound and an assist. Tidwell posted 8 points, 9 rebounds and a
steal. Lowe found the board for 5 points and added 4 rebounds, 2 assists, a
steal and a block. Banks and Wright each posted 4 in the loss. Temple added 3,
and Epperson and Jasmine Pierce rounded out the board for the Lady Lions
dropping in 2 apiece.
*Details of the Lady Lions’ sub-regional matchup had not been released by press time on Thursday, Feb. 11.