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February 21, 2013

NORTHWEST REGIONAL TOURNEY (CLASS 4A ROUNDUP): Redskin-Wildcat girls, Rebel-Jaguar boys set for finals

HANCEVILLE — It took Destiney Elliott and her top-ranked Oneonta squad a quarter to get going in Thursday's Class 4A Northwest Regional semifinal, but once they did, Brooks didn't have a prayer.

The Redskins (29-4) picked apart the Lions on defense and sunk enough timely shots from the field to head to Saturday's regional championship with a surgical 39-24 win. They'll face West Limestone for the title at 12:20 p.m.

Elliott was 10 of 16 from the field and knocked down three 3-pointers en route to a 24-point showing. The junior forward also had six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

Brooks only trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. Oneonta limited the Lions to just five points over the next two quarters, though, to secure the final outcome.

Britt McCormick scored seven points for Brooks, which finished the season 17-14.

 

% West Limestone 53, J.O. Johnson 44: The Wildcats pulled away late, outscoring the Jaguars by nine in the fourth quarter to grab a regional semifinal victory at Wallace State.

Autumn Bates brought West Limestone back into the ballgame with back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the third quarter, and Bugg Grizzard used some flashy moves at point guard to help the Wildcats (24-9) seal the deal in the final eight-minute stretch. Grizzard fooled the J.O. Johnson defense with a fake pass in the lane that resulted in an easy layup and connected on a few precision passes to open up opportunities in the paint.

Bates wound up with a team-high 11 points, while Grizzard and Laura Easter both pitched in 10. Kayla Carter and Shelby Clay capped off a balanced scoring effort with nine apiece.

The Jaguars (16-13) held slim leads at the first two quarter breaks before West Limestone tied the contest by the end of the third and took over at the end.

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