Fultondale won its first ever area girls basketball title when they defeated Vincent in the Class 2A Area 13 championship game Saturday by a 32-20 score.
Fultondale was in command throughout the title contest, holding a lead of as much as 18 points at one point. First-year coach Paul DuBose only had seven healthy players, and his five starters played all but the last eight seconds of the game.
The game was close early on, but a Tkiya Tolen 3-pointer to start the second period shifted the momentum. Meanwhile, DuBose put Candace Ross on Vincent guard outside the arc, holding Ross to just eight points.
Saleighna Pryor led the Cats with 16 points. Derricka Richard was the tournament MVP for Fultondale, and Alexis Lockhart made the all-tournament team.
Fultondale will host Sulligent in the sub-regional game Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Hayden 55, Walker 44: In the 5A Area 14 finals Saturday, Katie Parr had yet another double-double for the Wildcats, with 21 points and 12 rebounds to go with six steals.
Hayden was ahead by just a bucket at the start of the third quarter, then went on a 10-0 run and never looked back.
Evin Bibb had 13 points, six assists and four steals. Hannah Padgett tallied 12 points, four rebounds and four blocks.
Sidney Cooper led the Vikings with 11 points; she was 3-for-7 from outside the 3-point arc.
Carbon Hill 59, Corner 39: In the 4A Area 8 finals, the Bulldog duo of Abby Tittle and Caroline Dodd combined for 20 points in the first quarter, and the rout was on.
Madison Purvis scored 15 points and Andrea DeBord had 12 for the Yellow Jackets.
Dodd ended up with 20 points and Tittle finished with 19.
Corner goes to Calera on Thursday night for a sub-regional game.
Jonathan Bentley, The Daily Mountain Eagle
Oneonta 45, Locust Fork 43: In the 4A Area 13 finals Saturday, the Hornets came within a hair’s breadth of scoring a major upset over the top-ranked team in the state.
Ashlyn Adkins led the Hornets with 13 points, Kristen Cox and Kimberly Horton scored 10 points each, and Kasi McMillan grabbed 15 rebounds.
Huffman 39, Gardendale 38: In the 6A Area 12 finals on Monday, the Rockets were just five seconds away from clinching the championship. But Shaforia Kines stepped up to the foul line and sank two free throws to give the top-seeded Vikings the win.
Joy Sadler led Gardendale with 12 points.