PRATTVILLE DEFEAT STANHOPE ELMORE IN AREA TOURNAMENT
February 8, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LADY LIONS DEFEAT STANHOPE ELMORE IN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS
Prattville’s Lady Lions coach Virginia Barber emphasized the importance of a quick start against Stanhope Elmore in the opening round of the Class 6A Area 7 tournament.
The Lions had won both regular season encounters from their rivals and Barber feared the team would become complacency in the third encounter.
Aaliyah Holmes drained a long trey on the Lions’ first possession. Prattville got a turnover following the trey and Jae Patterson flipped in a 2-point bucket under the nets for a quick 5-0 lead.
The Lions quickly raced to a 19-6 first quarter advantage and never looked back en route to a 77-54 first round win at home Thursday night, February 7.
The win propelled Prattville into the championship game Saturday night February 9 against Thompson as well as a spot in the sub-regional.
The Warriors defeated Wetumpka 44-39 in the opening round. The Indians played Thompson tough, trailing by five at half, but a poor shooting third quarter and a tough defensive effort by Thompson that held Wetumpka to only seven points took its toll on Wetumpka’s bid for victory.
T HOMPSON 44 WETUMPKA 39
Zomora Clark gave the Indians an early lead with a bucket following the opening tip.
It didn’t take the Warriors long to answer as Kat Cingoranelli added two buckets for a 4-2 lead, followed by a steal and 2-pointer from Sophie Cingoranelli for a 6-2 lead. Wetumpka’s Adrianne Armstrong hit a 3-pointer trimming the lead to 6-5.
Armstrong gave the Indians a 7-6 lead with a 2-pointer drive down the lane. Deja Jeanpierce hit a free throw to knot the game with 3:50 left in the first period.
The Warriors got a steal on the throw in and Jeanpierce drove the base line for a deuce and added a free throw for a 10-7 lead with 3:30 left. Thompson never relinquished the lead, but the Warriors could never put the Indians away holding only a five point halftime lead of 23-18.
Thompson’s largest lead came seconds before the end of the third quarter as Kat Cingoranelli got a steal and went coast to coast with a bucket at the buzzer and a 35-25 lead.
The lead wavered between 5-7 points until the Warriors jumped back to its largest lead of ten points, 42-32, with 3:55 left in the game.
Wetumpka coach Ed Rogers could only cringe at the final few minutes as the Indians missed five consecutive free throws and a trey from Courtney Richardson rimmed out with 35.9 seconds left that would have cut the Warriors lead to 42-41
Wetumpka was forced to foul, yet still had opportunities to get close as Thompson’s Kat Cingoranelli could hit two of four attempts. However a turnover with 13 seconds sealed the heartbreak defeat.
Armstrong did add a free throw with 7.7 seconds left.
Kat Cingoranelli led the scoring parade for the winning Warriors with 12 points, followed by Kelsea Bivins with 8 points and Deja Jeanpierre with seven points.
Adrianne Armstrong led the Indians with 17 points, while Zomora Clark added six points.
PRATTVILLE 77 STANHOPE ELMORE 54
Prattville opened with fury as freshman Aaliyah Holmes blistered the nets with two long treys, and added a couple of snowbird deuces as Prattville raced to a 19-6 lead at the close of the first quarter.
With 6:06 left in the first half the Lions built their largest lead of nineteen points when Dazhanae Legette flipped in a deuce on a drive down the right side of the free throw lane, 27-8.
Chakira Davis and Destiny Jackson hit two pointers to trim the lead back to 15. With 3:56 remaining in the first half Lakeyia Dejarnette’s two free-throws trimmed Prattville’s lead back to 13. The Mustangs would get no closer as the half ended with Prattville on top by 19 again, 40-21.
By the close of the third period Raven Russell and Dejarnette hit back to back two-pointers as Prattville began to substitute freely trimming the large lead to 54-38 at the close of the third period.
As the fourth quarter began Prattville’s senior Daniele Ewert flexed her skills hitting five buckets in the quarter. Prattville stretched the lead to 24 points, winning finally, 77-54.
Aaliyah Holmes led all scorers with 26 points, including draining five treys. Daniele Ewert added 19 points, and pulled down 21 boards. The double-double was her 67th double-double in her star-studded four year career at Prattville High School. Junior Jae Patterson also added a double with 10 points and 21 boards.
Stanhope Elmore’s junior Lakeyia Dejarnette paced the Mustangs with 16 points followed by sophomore Raven Russell with 12 and freshman Chakira Davis with nine points.