The Rockets faced a 15-point deficit going into the final period, and after surrendering 11 offensive rebounds to the eighth-ranked Spartans, had little hope of a comeback.
While giving up second-chance opportunities to Mountain Brook throughout the game, Gardendale was unable to produce second looks of their own. The Spartans held them to one-and-outs all night as they secured 18 defensive rebounds.
The game was really lost after Mountain Brook took the court to start the second half, flying out on a 10-3 run. At that point, the host Rockets could never cut it to single digits again.
Gardendale’s Chelsey Deloney scored 14 points and recorded five rebounds in her final game as a Rocket. Chelsea Robinson also ended her Gardendale career with eight points and nine boards. Junior Mallorie Corbin could only muster six points from the outside.
Mountain Brook moves on to the Northwest Regional at Wallace State-Hanceville next week. Gardendale ends its season with a 23-7 record.