By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— The sub-regional round of the AHSAA girls basketball playoffs are history, and Locust Fork is the only local team to make it through to the regionals.
The Hornets avenged last year's Class 4A sub-regional defeat to J.O. Johnson, this time prevailing over the Jaguars by a 61-45 score.
Locust Fork pulled away in the second period, outscoring Johnson 22-11.
Kasi McMillan had one of her best efforts of the year with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets. Ashlyn Adkins added 15 points.
Locust Fork will face Priceville in the regional tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Priceville defeated Central-Florence 71-51 in their sub-regional.
Elsewhere, the news was not good for local teams, as all fell by the wayside. Fultondale's first-ever hosting of a Class 2A sub-regional game ended with the home team on the short end of a 54-37 score against Sulligent.
The Wildcats were ahead by as many as eight points in the early going, but the Blue Devils went on a 14-4 run in the second quarter to take a four-point lead at intermission. Then the Devils' Hannah Hampton went on the run in the third quarter, scoring 10 of her game-high 21 points to put the game out of reach for the Cats.
Derricka Richard led Fultondale with 13 points, and Alexis Lockhart scored nine with a pair of 3-point goals.Brianna Cannon added eight for Sulligent, also with a pair of treys.
Pleasant Grove 76, Hayden 58: In Class 5A, the Spartans overcame an early six-point Wildcat led with an 11-0 run of their own, then took advantage when senior center Katie Parr had to take a seat because of foul trouble.
Parr recorded yet another double-double in her final game for the Wildcats, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Evin Bibb added 12 points and six assists, while Brooke Meadows had 10 points and five assists.
Ciera Smith led Pleasant Grove with 19 points, Taylor Aikerson had 16 and Aaliyah Myers 15.
Calera 58, Corner 45: In Class 4A, the Eagles ran into foul trouble of their own, but Tyesha Haynes still scored a game-high 18 points for the hosts to put Calera through to the regional round.
Andrea DeBord and Ashley Cox led the Yellow Jackets with 12 points each, while Maidson Purvis added 11.