By Charles Prince
The North Jefferson News
Both Hayden varsity basketball teams remained unbeaten as they swept West End-Walnut Grove on Monday to win for the second time in two starts.
The Lady Wildcats won 42-20 and the Wildcats followed with a 67-62 win.
Hayden girls 42,
West End girls 20
The Lady Wildcats lead by one after one quarter, 7-6, but took control of the contest with a 15-2 run in the second quarter and they were never challenged after the half.
Eighth grader Krista Stricklin led Hayden with 14 points and 11 steals. Terri Sharp had seven points and nine rebounds, Mallory Ray had five points and six steals, Sam Niblett had three points, Tiffany Myrick had four points, three assists and five steals. Haley Daniel had three points and six rebounds. Melissa Stricklin had two points and Kris Quick and Courtney Niceley had one point each.
Hayden boys 67,
West End boys 62
West End led by 10 after one quarter, thanks to the shooting of Adam Smith. Smith, who would finish with a game-high 31 points, scored 15 points, shooting 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 on 3-point shots.
Hayden cut the lead to three at the half, 33-30, before seizing control in the third quarter with a 18-11 run.
Josh Piteo lead Hayden with 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. He shot 12-of-15 from the foul line.
Owen Hargett had 13 points and six rebounds, Ben Curry had 10 points, including two 3-point shots.
Nick Hardy had six points, four assists and eight steals. Matt Stewart had six points. Nick Burton had three assists and four steals and Terrell Parker had four points.
Fultondale girls 48,
Indian Springs girls 36
The Lady Wildcats used their outside shooting to forge a 14-point halftime lead and held off a second half run to win their season opener.
“We were pushing the ball up the floor in the first half really well and we got several good looks at 3s,” Fultondale head coach Richie Busby said. “We played our entire roster in the first half. I think we played very well considering we only had four practices before going into the game.”
Britani Howell sank three 3-pointers in the opening quarter and finished with 14 points, including 3-of-8 shooting on 3s. Krissy Freeman sank 3-of-8 3-point shots and finished with 19 points. Helen Lee scored seven points, followed by Haley Hill with four, and Chelsey McCombs and Shelbi Smith scored two each.
Chilton boys 52,
Tabernacle boys 46
Daniel Whaley had 20 points and six rebounds, followed by T.J. Hallice with 13 points and three rebounds. John White had six and James Winfield scored five.
By Charles Prince
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