Oak Mountain advances to area finals past Pelham

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pelham's Erykah Hall and Oak Mountain's Madison Pierce fight for the ball in the second half of the Lady Eagles' 54-19 victory Feb. 7 at Spain Park High School. (Reporter photo/Mickel Ponthieux)

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

HOOVER – The Oak Mountain Lady Eagles took control of their Class 6A, Area 8 semifinal game early to pick up a 54-19 victory over the Pelham Lady Panthers Feb. 7 at Spain Park High School.

“I thought we played well,” said Oak Mountain head coach George Minoso. “We executed better on offense and our zone (defense) worked out extremely well. Everybody stepped up tonight.”

Oak Mountain (17-10) scored the first seven points of the game before Zarria Morgan scored Pelham’s first points of the game to make the score 7-2 midway through the first quarter.

The Lady Eagles closed the first on a 6-0 run to take a 13-2 lead into the second quarter.

Madison Pierce led Oak Mountain on a 8-0 run led with a pair of baskets by Madison Pierce to take a 21-2 lead two minutes into the second quarter. Pelham’s Emily Jackson scored the Panthers’ next five points from the free throw line to make the score 25-7 late in the first half.

The Lady Eagles outscored Pelham (6-17) 4-3 in the last two minutes to take a 29-10 lead at the half.

Oak Mountain opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a commanding 39-12 lead midway through the third. Pelham held the Lady Eagle scoreless while Shelby Cost hit three free throws in the last second of the quarter to make the score 39-15 headed into the final quarter of play.

Pierce scored three straight baskets early in the fourth to give Oak Mountain a 47-19 lead. The Lady Eagles sealed the win by scoring seven unanswered points.

Pierce led all scorers with 18 points for Oak Mountain. Mackenzie Garmany added 13 points for the Lady Eagles.

Jackson led Pelham scorers with nine points.

With the win, Oak Mountain advances to the area championship game where they will take on Spain Park. Also, the Lady Eagles have locked up a spot in the sub-regional tournament next week.

“Our goal was definitely to play another game and we got that tonight,” said Minoso.