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Hartselle Enquirer

Lady Tigers finish area play undefeated

Hartselle sophomore Madison Lawler drives the ball inside. | Caleb Suggs
Hartselle sophomore Madison Lawler drives the ball inside. | Caleb Suggs

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

It’s been and up and down season for the Hartselle Lady Tigers, but one thing that has been a standard is their dominance in area play. The Tigers came in to Friday’s matchup against Columbia with a 5-0-area record. A second win over the Eagles would give them a perfect 6-0 record in area play.

Hartselle took control of the game in the first quarter. Allie Mayfield knocked in a buzzer beating three pointer to give the Tigers a 23-12 lead at the end of the first. Mayfield then opened the second quarter with another three point shot to push the lead to 26-12. Gracie Myhand helped trim the lead to 26-17, but Hartselle extended it back to 31-17 following baskets from Kalli Cartee and Lindsay Berry. Berry went on to add two more three-point baskets as Hartselle led the Eagles at halftime 41-22.

Hartselle kept up the dominating performance in the second half. The Eagles tried to make a comeback late in the fourth but Hartselle kept the win 71-60. Anna Mathis was the Tiger’s leading scorer as she finished with 19 points. Kalli Cartee had 14 and Lindsay Berry finished with 12 points. With the win, Hartselle finishes with a 6-0 record in area play. The Lady Tigers will host their area tournament, which will begin on February sixth.

While the Tigers got the win, it wasn’t without cost. Hartselle suffered their fourth significant injury to a player this season when star sophomore Moriah Taylor left the game with an injury in the second quarter. The Tiger’s have already suffered injuries to seniors Jordan Finn, Maggie Anderson and Kaylee Murphy. Taylor’s injury is just another blow to a roster that has already been stretched thin this season.

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