Montevallo crushes Bibb, readies for regional game

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Point guard Haley Dennis fought through a case of the flu to score 10 points and help lead Montevallo to its first regional tournament berth under head coach Tena Niven last Thursday.

Montevallo knocked off Bibb County, 56-36, securing a spot in the Class 4A, Southwest Regional tournament at Mobile. The Lady Bulldogs will face Gulf Shores today at the University of South Alabama at 3:30 p.m.

Niven said Dennis’ play was enough to help Montevallo (22-9) overcome a slow start.

&uot;Haley felt bad all day and has just been dragging, but she came out and gave us all she had tonight and that made a huge difference,&uot; Niven said.

Ashley Ebrahimi led MHS with 16 points. Candice Fields scored 11 for Montevallo.

&uot;Our coach just motivated us,&uot; Ebrahimi said. &uot;We knew what we had to do and we went out there and did it.&uot;

Niven said her players did a good job of dealing with the pressure that came with high expectations for the team in postseason play.

&uot;Our locker room is just full of e-mails and cards that the middle and elementary schools have been sending us, so I know they felt the pressure,&uot; she said. &uot;But I just told them there is no pressure. We had to get it done tonight, or it was over with tomorrow.&uot;

Calera 55, Southern Choctaw 42: The Eagles advanced to the finals of the 2A Southwest Regional tournament at Mobile by slipping past Southern Choctaw in overtime Monday. Shanavia Dowdell scored 33 points, had 11 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists for Calera. The Lady Eagles (24-1) advance to the next round where they will face R.C. Hatch Friday at 9 a.m.

Calera 69, Keith 46: Shanavia Dowdell led Calera with 28 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots as the Eagles advanced to the regional tournament.

Spain Park 50, Carver-Birmingham 35: The Jaguars entered the second period down 11-9, then scored eight unanswered points on the way to the sub-regional win at Spain Park High School Thursday night. Lauren Dunning had a double-double for the Jags, scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Spain Park (23-8) advanced to the 6A Northeast Regional at Jacksonville. They play Clay-Chalkville today at noon.

Clay-Chalkville 42, Thompson 38: Rhonda Watts and Tamara Williams each had 11 points as the Warriors (18-13) fell to the Lady Cougars in sub-regional play.

Greensboro 52, Chelsea 31: Lindi Thompson scored 19 points to lead Chelsea, but the Lady Hornets’ season was ended by Greensboro in the sub-regional contest. Chelsea finished the year with a 10-18 record