Spring Garden girls bring home area title
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Spring Garden will have its basketball teams in action again at the end of this week. Both the girls and boys have qualified for sub-regional games. As Class 1A, Area 10 champions, the girls will play Jefferson Christian at home Thursday. The boys’ win over Cedar Bluff in an Area 10 tournament semifinal game guaranteed them a sub-regional game, too. If Spring Garden defeated Collinsville at Collinsville Monday, Spring Garden will be at home Friday. A loss at Collinsville puts Spring Garden on the road Friday against the Area 9 winner. The threat of yet another winter storm bringing more snow and ice created the need for an early deadline for this edition of the Journal and the Spring Garden versus Collinsville game was not completed by deadline.

The Spring Garden girls defeated Cedar Bluff Saturday for the fifth time this season in their championship game. The game was played in Spring Garden and the final score was 47-25.

Saturday night, Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin credited his team’s overall defense with the win. The Panthers (24-4) limited the Tigers to two points in the second quarter and three in the third. Spring Garden used its point zone defense against Cedar Bluff’s half-court attack and had success with its full court zone press, too.

Tykeah Rogers had 14 points and Haley Motes finished with 12 points. Darian Gaines and Madison Sides each had six points. Auburn Kirk tallied five points.

To reach the championship game, the Panthers blasted Gaylesville 69-21 in Thursday’s semifinal round. Rogers recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Motes and Savannah Dempsey, a recent addition to the varsity roster from the junior high team, also scored in double figures. Motes had 12 points and Dempsey 10. Kirk and Gaines tallied seven points apiece. Spring Garden led 42-10 at intermission.


Spring Garden boys 57, Cedar Bluff 51

Spring Garden’s seventh straight win put the Panthers in the sub-regional round for the second consecutive season. Senior Will Westbrook led Spring Garden with 16 points. Classmates Will Ivey and Jacob Black added 15 points and 10 points respectively. Riley Austin scored seven points and Jay Prater had six points for Spring Garden. The Panthers improved to 13-12.
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