Prep Playoff Highlights: Eagles boys upset, Calera girls advance

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The sixth-ranked Oak Mountain Eagles were upset by Hewitt-Trussville Tuesday 59-41 in their Class 6A, Northeast Regional matchup at Jacksonville State University.

The Eagles were 6-for-22 shooting in the first half and 9-for-25 in the second half, giving them a 31.9 percent shooting average for the game.

Hewitt-Trusville (19-13) had four players finish in double figures, with Justin Tubbs netting a team-high 16 points for the winning team.

The Eagles’ Bryant Gardner, Loy Vaughn and Thomas Nordyke each had seven points for Oak Mountain (29-2).

Calera 52, Flomaton 30: The Calera Lady Eagles moved one step closer to Birmingham Tuesday morning with a 52-30 win over Flomaton in the Class 2A, Southwest Regional tournament at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Shanavia Dowdell and Jalisa Thomas both finished with 20-plus point performances for the Eagles, with Dowdell netting 22 and Thomas scoring 20 points.

Dowdell also had 10 rebounds in the game.

Calera (23-7) will face R.C. Hatch on Friday night at 7 p.m. with the winner earning a spot in the Class 2A girls final four in Birmingham the following week.

Charles Henderson 47, Briarwood 41: The Briarwood Lady Lions kept it close Wednesday in the Class 5A girls Southeast Regional at Troy University, but fell away from late and eventually lost 47-41.

Briarwood’s Ruth Ketcham netted 13 of her 14 points in the second half as the Lady Lions pulled within three points at 44-41 with 21 seconds left in the game.

Charles Henderson responded, however, netting three-of-four free throws to end the game.

Andee Matthews followed close behind Ketcham in scoring as she finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Charles Henderson’s Erica Henderson finished with 22 points and seven rebound for her team in the win.

Vestavia Hills 47, Spain Park 34: The Vestavia Hills Rebels proved to be too much for Spain Park Tuesday morning in the Class 6A girls Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University.

The Lady Rebels (30-3) went five-for-five from behind the arc as they down the Lady Jags 47-34.

Spain Park (20-11) struggled to hit shots from the floor, netting only 0ne-of-six three-point attempts and finishing 13-40 from the floor.

The Lady Jags were led Tiaren Young with 12 points while teammate Tiffany Thomas finished with nine in the losing effort.

The Rebels’ top scorer was Andrea Taylor, who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds