By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times
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.
% 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.
Rogers and Holmes both scored 13 points for No. 4 Wenonah (27-6), which advanced to play Fairfield in Friday's 5A regional championship. Tip-off will be at 9 a.m.
Cumbie compiled a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Holmes rounded out the squad's double-digit scorers with 10 points as well.
Lawrence County connected on a few timely 3-pointers in the second half to stay within arm's reach, closing the gap to as little as seven in the third quarter.
Adrien Coffey paced the Red Devils (25-7) with 10 points. Kheala Roberts and Rachel Childress scored eight each.
% Fairfield 57, Athens 49: One game after eliminating Cullman, the Golden Eagles were sent packing, too, heading back home with an eight-point loss to 5A's seventh-ranked squad.
Amber Carey's 20 points were tops for the Tigers (22-8). Kyla Rooks and Ashley Rodgers were next up with 13 and 11, respectively.
Alliyah Smith had quite the stat-line for Athens (16-15), pulling down a whopping 23 rebounds (13 defensive and 10 offensive) and putting up 11 points to round out a double-double. Destiny Bailey was Athens' high scorer with 17 points.
% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.