North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 29, 2013

Girls basketball: Hewitt-Trussville 29, Gardendale 28

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — In a game where points were hard to come by, it was the final two points that made the difference.

Hewitt-Trussville took advantage of a costly Gardendale turnover on an inbounds play in the back court, and Leigh McAnally cut through the defense and found an open path to the basket with 3.2 seconds left, giving the Huskies a 29-28 win in girls basketball action Tuesday.

Down by one point, McAnally had fouled on a rebound attempt, giving the Rockets the ball on the end line. But Gardendale fumbled the throw-in out of bounds, and McAnally sneaked through into space on the Husky inbounds play.

“We were switching everything on the play, and we overplayed, going for the steal,” Rockets coach Amy Barnett said. “Almost got it, but we left her wide open.”

The overall pace of the game was slow, to say the least. The game remained scoreless until the 1:37 mark of the first period, and the scoreboard at the end of the quarter — 3-2 in Gardendale’s favor — looked more like a hockey score.

“It definitely got us out of our game, not being able to hit a shot against their zone. Defensively they had a great game, and we couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half,” Barnett said.

“At halftime I think we were a little shocked. Only 12 points in a half — they’re not used to that.”

Gardendale was up most of the way, if only by a point or two, but simply couldn’t get a run going.

Chelsea Robinson led the scoring for the hosts with six points. Taylor Dailey, Caroline Casaday and Roxie Faulkner scored five each.

Elizabeth Brown led all scorers with eight points for Hewitt, including two 3-pointers.

Gardendale travels to Tarrant on Thursday night.