HANCEVILLE — Madison County’s hopes of a second consecutive state championship in Class 4A boys basketball fell in the semifinals of the Northwest Regionals at Wallace State.

After playing with Deshler for three quarters, the Tigers jumped out to a 10-point lead about midway through the fourth quarter and extended it for a 58-45 win.

Deshler coach Wayne Bracy said the Tigers’ gameplan of shutting down Madison County star Terrance Nance worked in his team’s favor.

“We really focused on him and went to a 2-3 zone,” Bracy said. “We told the guard on his side to treat him like we were in a man defense.”

The plan worked as Nance was able to score 11 points.

“We held him below his average, so I’d say we did what we wanted to do,” Bracy said.

Madison County coach Stuart Allen said his team had plenty of tough challenges throughout the season, but Deshler was simply too tough at Wallace.

“We got everybody’s best game every time we stepped on the floor,” Allen said. “Deshler, I think, was no different, and they were more physical than we were.

“Their defensive pressure was hard to handle, but they really hurt us on the boards.”

Deshler outrebounded Madison County 32-15.

“Generally, the team that grabs the most rebounds will win, and that’s what happened tonight,” Allen said.

Chris Holland and Brent Lloyd led Deshler with 15 points apiece, and Holland grabbed nine boards.

Robert Thomas led Madison County with 17 in addition to Nance’s 11.

Haleyville 59,

East Lawrence 49

After falling behind early, East Lawrence made it close — but not close enough to pick up the win and advance in the state tournament.

The Eagles increased their defensive intensity in the fourth quarter to close the gap to only three points with less than two minutes remaining. Haleyville led by more than 10 at one point.

However, East Lawrence had to resort to fouling to try and slow the clock down. But Haleyville responded by hitting its free throws to seal the win.

Kameron McCreeless and Jarrod Evansm led Haleyville offensively with 17 points apiece. Judson Sherrill finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Ethan Hopkins led East Lawrence with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jared Grimes finished with 11 points and four steals.

Winfield 58,

West Limestone 35

The key for the Pirates was to shut down West Limestone big man Zane Campbell.

“We knew he was their big scorer, and I said I would be happy if we held him to 30 or less,” said Winfield coach Dale Seals. “We held him to 17, so I’d say we did a pretty good job.”

Not only did Winfield shut down Campbell, but they shut down the team as a whole as the Wildcats could score only 14 points in the second half while Winfield scored 35 in the final two quarters.

“They had a good defensive gameplan for us,” said West Limestone coach Justin Taylor. “We had a hard time coming up with an answer for what they were doing to us.”

Robert Barnes led Winfield with 18 points, while Zack Townley and Alex Aultman scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.

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