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Rylan Smothers shoots a layup over two East Limestone defenders in the Tigers 62-58 win over the Indians. Enquirer photo by Jim Meadows

Odom’s career high leads Hartselle past East Limestone

The Hartselle Tigers broke a three game losing streak with a 62-58 win over East Limestone. The Tigers were led by sophomore Ty Odom, who scored a career high 21 points in the win.

Hartselle led 11-8 after the first quarter and 26-17 at halftime. The Tigers had a lead of as much as 15 points in the third quarter before heading to the fourth with a 48-36 lead.

The Tigers opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to build their largest lead of the game, 55-38. East Limestone closed the game on a 20-7 run. However, it was not enough as Hartselle held on for the win.

Hartselle finished with a season-high 51 rebounds, outrebounding the Indians by eight. The defense forced 23 turnovers including 14 steals.

The Tigers, who entered the game shooting nearly 70 percent from the free throw line, shot only 40 percent including 20 percent in the fourth quarter, 3-of-15. Their foul shooting kept East Limestone in the game as the Indians made their fourth-quarter run.

Rylan Smothers added a double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers. Kohl Key finished with nine points, four assists and four steals, while Kiah Key had six points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Chandler Moore scored 21 points for East Limestone, while Riley Grace scored nine.

Huntsville 86, Hartselle 51

Hartselle fell on the road at 7A no. 10 Huntsville by a 86-51 score. The Tigers trailed 48-22 at halftime and 65-42 heading into the fourth.

Kiah Key finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead Hartselle. Ty Odom added 11 points and five rebounds, while Rylan Smothers had 10 points and five rebounds.

Brayden Rivers led three Huntsville players in double digits with 18 points, JaMari Arnold added 15 points and Miles Sledge had 10.