By Jesse Lamar
Journal Record General Manager
HANCEVILLE - The defending 1A state champion Phillips She Bears saw their season come to an abrupt end on Monday, Feb. 17, after suffering a 56-33 loss to the Mars Hill Lady Panthers in the championship game of the Class 1A Northwest Regional basketball tournament that was held at Wallace State Community College.
The She Bears advanced to the regional championship game after defeating the Decatur Heritage Lady Eagles 50-46 in the regional semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 13.
The She Bears were on top after the opening period, outscoring the Lady Panthers 11-10.
Mars Hill fought back in the second frame, however, to regain the lead before the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Lady Panthers outscored the She Bears 12-5 over the second period to take a 22-16 advantage into the break.
Mars Hill came out hot in the third frame, outscoring the She Bears 24-10 over the quarter.
Heading into the final period of play, the Lady Panthers held a 46-26 advantage.
The She Bears found seven points in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough as Mars Hill claimed the 56-33 win at the sound of the final buzzer.
Alli Temple was the leading contributor for the She Bears in the loss. She finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points to go with 11 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Gracie Hallman was second on the She Bears’ stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Ally McCollum posted six points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in the loss. Mary Ashton Hyde rounded out the scoring for the She Bears with two points to go with five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
During the She Bears’ semifinal matchup against DHCA, McCollum was the leading contributor for the She Bears in the win, posting 20 points.
Hallman finished with 12 points while Temple scored 11 in the win.
Hyde contributed five points and Allie Veal rounded out the scoring with two points in the win.
The She Bears finished their season with a 17-13 record.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.