HANCEVILLE — Three players, led by Jace Haggermaker’s 18 points, reached double figures as Tanner cruised to an easy 64-32 win over Class 5A Gardendale in the Yuletide Classic on the campus of Wallace State-Hanceville.
Fred Rich (16) and Greg Maclin (10) also reached double figures for the Rattlers (7-0), who will play Athens today.
Nathaniel Potts (17) and Trey Potts (10) led the Athens in a blowout win over Walker earlier in the day.
“Our guys played well today,” Athens coach Stace Tedford said. “Defensively, we were very good in the second half. The first half was a little sluggish, maybe our guys had a little Christmas left in them, but once we started to defend better our offense really opened up.”
Tedford said today’s game against Tanner has the potential to be a very competitive, very entertaining one.
“It’s a big game,” he said. “We’re playing well right now and so are they. They are very athletic, very quick and are Coach Whitt is doing a great job. I think a lot of people looked at this bracket and saw this potential matchup and looked forward to it. For us, though, it’s just another game.
“We’re going to come out and play hard and if we do that, it’s going to be a good basketball game.”
Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. at Wallace State.
West Point Christmas Tournament
Danville 58, West Point 51: Patrick Doherty scored a game-high 27 points as Danville overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the host team.
Justin Morgan had 12 points for the Hawks, who trailed 33-24 at the half and improved to 10-7 with the win.
Nick Nuss had 12 points in the loss for West Point.
Danville will continue tournament play today at 3:15 p.m. against Clements.
Lawrence County 63, Cold Springs 44: Jesse Childress had 24 points for Lawrence County.
Jontez Mason and Buddy Griffin each added eight points for the Red Devils (7-7), while Carson Jones added seven.
Tristian Chambers had a team-high 20 points in the loss for Cold Springs.
Lawrence County plays Fairview today.
West Morgan 82, Good Hope 46: The Rebels gave the area another strong showing at the tournament, getting a game-high 30 points from Brandon Roberts to secure the win.
Dustin Morgan had 12 points for West Morgan (13-4), while Keandre Swopes added 10.
Zach Sloan had 10 points in the loss for Good Hope.
West Morgan will play Cold Springs today.
Wayne Bracey Invitational
West Limestone 58, Haleyville 50: Kyle Casteel and Nathaniel Adams each scored 13 points for West Limestone.
Adams also had nine rebounds for the Wildcats (11-4), while Jacob Martin added nine points.
West Limestone continues play today against Shoals Christian.
Hatton Christmas Tournament
Decatur Heritage 54, Falkville 43: Tyde Coffey and Jacob Crews combined for 26 points in the win for Decatur Heritage.
Coffey finished with 15 points for the Eagles, while Crews added 11 and four rebounds.
Canaan Smith had a game-high 17 points in the loss for Falkville. Travis Cole had 15.
Hartselle 53, Hazel Green 45: Hartselle outscored Hazel Green 22-7 in the final quarter for the victory. Allie Roden canned 16 points, and Quanesha Burks added 13 in the tournament played at Wallace State-Hanceville.
Sarah Horner contributed 11 points for Hartselle.
Hazel Green got 10 points from Taylor Edwards.
Winfield 41, West Morgan 31: Sydney Sanders had 10 points but it wasn’t enough as West Morgan fell to host Winfield.
West Morgan continues play today against Holy Spirit.
Danville 53, Pinson Valley 47: Tabetha Hutto had 14 points in the win for Danville.
Tara Tuck added 10 for the Hawks (11-6), who led 19-16 at the half.
Danville continues tournament play today at 3:20 p.m. against Lynn.
Northwest Alabama Christmas Tournament
West Limestone 51, Florence 40: Kayla Carter had 16 points as West Limestone defeated Class 6A Florence to remain unbeaten in tournament play.
Bugg Grizard had 13 points for the Wildcats (10-6), while Laura Easter added 11.
Alexis Sherrod had a game-high 22 points in the loss for Florence.
West Limestone will play in today’s second semifinal game at 4:30 p.m.
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