Lady Dogs defend home court with Area 8 crown

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Special to the Reporter

Tournament MVP Lakeisha Brown scored 15 of her game-high 28 points in the first half, staking the Lady Bulldogs to a 28-9 halftime lead, as Montevallo cruised to a 50-27 victory in the Class 4A, Area 8 championship game.

Brown knocked down 10 of 17 shots from the floor and canned 8 of 10 free throws en route to her career scoring high.

MHS shot 44 percent from the floor as a team, while holding the Lady Hornets to just 23 percent from the field.

Candice Fields rounded out the double figure scoring with 10 for the Lady Bulldogs, who improve to 21-9 with the tournament title win.

Brown was joined on the all-tournament team by senior Haley Dennis, who dished out 15 assists in the tournament’s two games, and senior Ashley Ebrahimi, who led Montevallo with 15 points in a 73-24 semifinal win over Holt.

The victory gives MHS the host role in their sub-region showdown with Bibb County Thursday night at 7 p.m. The two teams split a pair of games this season, with Montevallo winning 58-43 at home and losing 48-43 in Centreville. The Lady Bulldogs are 11-1 in Susie DeMent Gymnasium this season.

Calera wins Area 8

Shanavia Dowdell scored 36 points for the third-ranked Eagles as Calera downed Shades Mountain Christian to claim the 2A, Area 8 championship Monday night in Calera.

Dowdell was named tournament MVP. She also pulled down 14 rebounds in the title game.

In other area games: Class 2A, Area 8 at Calera – Holy Family 47, Vincent 37; Calera 51, Holy Family 22. Class 3A, Area 7 at Midfield – Northside 54, Indian Springs 38. Class 4A, Area 8 at Montevallo – Chelsea 51, Oak Grove 36; Montevallo 73, Holt 24. Class 5A, Area 5 at Wetumpka – Stanhope Elmore 60, Shelby County 35. Class 5A, Area 8 at Sylacauga – Oxford 45, Briarwood 42. Class 6A, Area 6 at Vestavia Hills – Thompson 43, Oak Mountain 40 OT; Spain Park 44, Mountain Brook 40; Hoover 56, Pelham 28; Spain Park 81, Hoover 72 OT2; Vestavia 55, Thompson 35; Consolation – Hoover 59, Thompson 43; Finals – Vestavia 48, Spain Park 40