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February 19, 2013

NORTHWEST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT (CLASS 5A ROUNDUP): No. 1 Wenonah rounds out 5A play by ousting Indians

HANCEVILLE — Wenonah certainly lived up to its billing as Class 5A's No. 1 boys team at the opening session of the Northwest Regional Tournament on Tuesday, beating East Limestone in pretty much every possible aspect — brightest shoes, tallest players, style points, and, most importantly, the final score, which wound up 87-56 in the Dragons' favor.

De'Runnya Wilson and Isaiah Maston combined for three dunks and 37 points, posting 19 and 18, respectively. Wilsoncapped off a double-double with 12 rebounds for Wenonah (32-2).

The Dragons' Marcus Williams was good for 13 points, and Justin Coleman had 10.

Tuesday's outcome put a damper on a spectacular outing for the Indians' Jordan Gandy, who wowed the crowd at the Tom Drake Coliseum with 25 points and nine rebounds.

East Limestone, which bested Cullman for the Area 15 title, finished the season 19-13.

% Parker 45, Athens 33: The Thundering Herd erased a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter by outscoring the Golden Eagles 28-6 in the final 11 minutes to earn their spot in the regional final.

Parker received a balanced scoring effort from Alontae Johnson, Marquell Oliver and Bryant Gray. Johnson and Oliver poured in 11 points apiece, and Gray had 10.

Oliver wrapped up a double-double with 10 rebounds.

The Herd (18-6) will face Wenonah for the 5A regional crown on Friday at 10:40 a.m.

No. 7 Athens' 16-game win streak was snapped with the loss. The Golden Eagle (24-8) offense was stymied in the second and fourth quarters, mustering just one and six points in each frame.

Giddy Potts accounted for more than half of Athens' offensive output with 18 points. Two of Trey Potts' eight points came on a showstopping alley-oop early in the third quarter.

 

Girls

% Wenonah 48, Lawrence County 36: Kaitlyn Rogers and Aja Cumbie took care of business in the paint, and Jameka Holmes and Shauntece Catlin did their jobs from outside and in transition, leading the Dragons to a tourney-opening win over the Red Devils.

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