TANNER — It wasn’t the best game Chris Whitt has seen all season, but it got the job done.
Using a stingy full-court press, Whitt’s Tanner Rattlers stymied visiting Hatton offensively and wrapped up the program’s 14th straight area title with a 48-35 win in Monday’s Class 2A, Area 15 tournament.
The win sets up a matchup against Red Bay in Friday’s sub-regional round.
“It really wasn’t a great game by either team,” Whitt said. “But we shot the ball extremely well in the second quarter and were able to push our lead out to around 10 points. We were able to keep it around there the rest of the night.”
Greg Maclin had a game-high 19 points for the Rattlers (23-4), while Jace Haggermaker added 12.
Ty Terry (18) and Leron Cooper (14) each reached double figures for Hatton,
“Whenever you can hold a team to 35 points you’re having a good night on defense,” Whitt said. “We didn’t really score as many points as I’d have liked but our defense was solid all night.”
East Limestone 60, Cullman 53: Jordon Gandy had a game-high 30 points, 17 coming in the third quarter, as East Limestone secured its first area championship since 1997 with a over Cullman.
The Indians, who won both regular season meetings between the teams, led by seven at the half and by as many as ten in the third quarter. Cullman tied the game at 46 in the second half but the Indians rallied with a 6-0 run to take control.
Tristian Matthews had 10 points for East Limestone, while M.J. Moore added eight.
Lawson Schaffer had 23 points in the loss for Cullman, while Houston Turner added 11. Troy Forrest and Lane Donaldson added eight points each.
Brooks 53, East Lawrence42: Brooks turned to its inside game in Monday’s Class 4A, Area 15 Championship game and the moved paid off in a 53-42 victory over East Lawrence. The win gives the Lions the area championship and sets up a home game against Wilson in Friday’s sub-regional round.
Brooks held a 23-22 lead at halftime before outscoring East Lawrence 13-7 in the third period to go up 36-29. The Lions made just 7 of 14 free throws in the final period, but it was enough to hold on for the victory.
Jacob Richardson scored 15 points to lead Brooks (25-7). Skyler Beck added 10 points and Chris Crews had nine points off the bench for the Lions.
Malik Garth paced East Lawrence with 14 points.
West Limestone 54, Wilson 43: West Limestone withstood a pair of Wilson rallies to knock off the Warriors and earn the area championship.
The Wildcats led all the way and took a 28-20 lead into halftime. In the third period Wilson twice pulled within one point, only to see West Limestone extend its lead. The Wildcats led 38-31 after three periods and pulled away in the final eight minutes.
West Limestone will host East Lawrence in a sub-regional game Friday, while Wilson will play at Brooks.
Brennan Parrish led Wilson with 14 points. Nathaniel Adams scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead West Limestone (22-9). Caleb McConnell added 11 points and 10 assists.
Hanceville 58, Danville 50: As it turns out, the third time was a charm for Hanceville.
Justin Morgan and Patrick Doherty each reached double figures but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks fell to Hanceville in the area championship game, suffering their first loss against Hanceville this season.
Danville topped Hanceville in both regular season meetings, winning 37-35 at home and 55-52 on the road.
Morgan had a game-high 17 points for the Hawks (18-12), while Doherty added 11.
Matt Burns (13) and Chris Smith (11) led Hanceville in scoring.
With the loss Danville is forced to travel to Winfield for Friday’s sub-regional round.
Falkville 55, Decatur Heritage 49: Three players reached double figures as Falkville claimed the area title with a win over Decatur Heritage.
It was the first win for the Blue Devils over Decatur Heritage in three meetings this season. With the win Falkville will host Marion County in Friday’s sub-regionals. Decatur Heritage will travel to face Parrish.
Aaron Estes led the Blue Devils (11-14) with 18 points, while Travis Cole and Trevor Blackwood added 15 points each.
Tyde Coffey had a game-high 27 points for the Eagles, who led 27-23 at halftime but were outscored 18-8 in the final quarter.
Nathan Lee and Zach Ellsworth each added six points for Decatur Heritage.
Shoals Christian 51, R.A. Hubbard 49: Daniel Wood scored on a layup at the buzzer to give Shoals Christian the area championship with a thrilling victory over R.A. Hubbard.
The Chiefs had used a big second-half comeback to get back in it and tied it at 49 on a basket by Austin Beasley with 2.1 seconds remaining. Shoals Christian had to go the length of the floor and Will Bishop’s pass hit Wood in stride just beyond the 3-point arc. Wood then made the layup to give Shoals Christian the win.
Hubbard will play at Phillips in Friday’s sub-regional round, while Shoals Christian will host Belgreen.
Tevin Ray led Hubbard with 17 points, followed by Devonta Carter with 13 and Austin Beasley with 12. Bishop scored 19.
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