Lions too much for Jackets

Haleyville sweeps Curry for area tournament titles

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/7/19

CURRY — Haleyville had its way at Curry High School on Thursday night, winning a pair of Class 4A, Area 11 Tournament titles.

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Lions too much for Jackets

Haleyville sweeps Curry for area tournament titles

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CURRY — Haleyville had its way at Curry High School on Thursday night, winning a pair of Class 4A, Area 11 Tournament titles.

The Haleyville girls started off the day with a 39-31 win over Curry and the boys closed things out with a 49-42 overtime victory over the Yellow Jackets.

The losses mean both Curry teams will travel for the sub-region playoffs next week.

Curry’s girls travel to No. 1 Priceville, the Area 13 champion, for a game on Monday while the boys make the trip to the winner of tonight’s game between St. John Paul II and Danville on Tuesday.

Varsity Boys

Haleyville 49, Curry 42 OT

Curry battled back from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime only to lose to the Lions 49-42 in Thursday’s finale.

The Yellow Jackets grabbed a 42-40 lead with 1:52 left in the extra period following a 3-pointer from Colton Aaron. From there, it was all Haleyville.

Curry’s lead lasted just 15 seconds.

Clay Blanton followed Curry’s 3-pointer with one of his own as Haleyville reclaimed the lead at 43-42. After a free throw made the score 44-42, Blanton turned a steal into two points and a four-point lead. The Lions added three free throws down the stretch.

Haleyville (10-18) was able to hold off every Curry rally. The Lions led 12-9 after the first quarter, 22-15 at the half and 33-28 going into the fourth quarter.

The Jackets closed regulation on a 7-0 run to make up a 38-31 deficit. Jakob Hicks made three free throws and made a putback and Aaron put in a layup with 51 seconds left to notch the score at 38-38, forcing overtime.

Aaron led Curry (18-9) with 14 points, Blake Darty had eight and Hicks added seven.

For Haleyville, Grayson Long had 19 points and both Benjamin Lowman and Blanton had nine points.

Curry’s Hicks and Aaron made the All-Tournament Team along with Haleyville’s Blanton and Long and Cordova’s Kam Cooper.

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Varsity Girls

Haleyville 39, Curry 31

Haleyville used a dominant third quarter to upend Curry 39-31 in Thursday’s first game.

Curry kept the game close through two quarters. Haleyville led 10-5 after the first quarter and 20-18 at the half.

The Lions (14-15) took control in the third quarter, outscoring Curry 12-3 to build a 32-21 lead heading into the final quarter.

Haleyville’s Alli Temple led the way, hitting a 3-pointer and scoring seven points in the quarter.

Curry (17-12) drew within six points at 34-28 after Cam Wright’s 3-pointer with 2:16 left in the game, but the Jackets would get no closer.

Anna Reese Woodley led Curry with 10 points while both Wright and Morgan Davidson had six points.

For Haleyville, Temple had 15 points, Reagan Kutis had eight points and Molly Gilbert added seven.

Curry’s Abbey Moon and Davidson made the All-Tournament Team along with Haleyville’s Temple and Catherine Aldridge and Cordova’s Jaqulyn Braswell.