“We don't handle prosperity very well.”
That's how Gardendale boys basketball coach Ryan Griffin summed up his team's performance, in which the Rockets built up a big lead in the first half, only to see Hewitt-Trussville trim much of that advantage in the second.
But the early lead was simply too much to overcome for the Huskies, as they fell to Gardendale 71-60 in the opening round of the Class 6A Area 12 tournament Friday night at Huffman.
Quantarrius Wilson led the Rockets with 26 points and 12 rebounds; he had 11 of his points in the first two minutes of the game. Allen Williams added 11 points, all on free throws where he was 11-of-12 at the foul line. Juan Jackson and Austin Hicks scored nine points each.
Will McCollough scored 18 points and DeMarcus Kelly had 10 for Hewitt (16-12).
The Rockets take on the host Vikings on Monday in the area championship.
In other area tournament games:
Pinson Valley 50, Springville 40: Donevan Waldrop paced the Indians with 13 points in a Class 5A semifinal. Jalane Ramsey led the Tigers with 16, as Pinson moves on to face host Center Point on Monday in the area finals.
No. 1 Midfield 103, Tarrant 41: Coach Chris Berry's first season came to an end at the hand of the top-ranked Patriots in the Class 3A Area 8 semifinals. Santez Blevins led the Wildcats with 12 points. Alvin Murray led all scorers with 28 for the Pats.
Hayden 66, Mortimer Jordan 59: The Wildcats roared late with 31 points in the fourth quarter in a Class 5A matchup at Walker. Chris Whitt led Hayden with 17 points, Duncan Parker scored 14, Dylan Bradford 12 and Leland Thompson 10. Dalton Hudson had 20 points and Sawyer Swindle 19 for the Blue Devils.
Other scores: Carbon Hill 49, Corner 42