Curry falls in regional return

West Limestone eliminates Yellow Jackets at Hanceville

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/18/19

HANCEVILLE — Curry fell short in the Class 4A Northwest Regional in Hanceville Monday, losing to West Limestone 51-26.

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Curry falls in regional return

West Limestone eliminates Yellow Jackets at Hanceville

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HANCEVILLE — Curry fell short in the Class 4A Northwest Regional in Hanceville Monday, losing to West Limestone 51-26.

The Yellow Jackets (19-10), playing at the regional for the first time in 23 years, shot only 20 percent from the field, making only seven shots in the game.

“Some nights the ball just doesn’t fall. It didn’t fall for us tonight,” Curry Coach Mike Cain said. “I’m proud of my guys for their effort. They played hard, but they couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Curry also turned the ball over 20 times in the game.

“Our defense played very well tonight,” West Limestone Coach Justin Taylor said. “We got after it and tried to make them play a little faster than what they usually do. We didn’t play particularly well fast, but it did force some turnovers that we were able to turn into points.”

Cain said his team was fine with the tempo of the game.

“I think we played a little slower than we wanted. We like to play fast,” he said. “I just think that you have bad nights shooting sometimes and that is what happened to us.”

West Limestone (19-13) did not shoot well either, finishing at 33 percent from the field and hitting only 2 of 25 3-pointers.

Christian Clemmons led the Wildcats with 16 points, scoring 14 of those in the second half. Braden Tuten also scored in double figures with 12, hitting 10-of-11 free throws.

Curry was led by Blake Darty with 11 points and four rebounds. Jakob Hicks added six points and eight rebounds.

“It wasn’t our night, but nobody can take away from us that we made it here (Northwest Regional) for the first in more than 20 years,” Hicks said. “I’m proud of my teammates. We wanted to change after finishing last in the area the last three years. We worked hard and give it our all this entire season.”

Both teams struggled shooting to open the game. Only three field goals were scored between the two teams in the first quarter, and the score was tied 6-6. West Limestone capitalized on Curry turnovers in the second quarter to pull ahead 19-12 at halftime.

Clemmons paced the Wildcats with nine points in the third quarter to give West Limestone a 34-21 lead heading into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, West Limestone outscored Curry 17-5 to claim the 51-26 lead.

“In recent years, there haven’t been a lot of expectations when it came to our basketball team, but this group of guys have worked hard. They got us back to the regional, and that is something that they should be proud about,” Cain said.