Spain Park fights off Chelsea

Spain Park's Victoria Baldwin drives the lane for two of her 13 points in the Lady Jags 57-32 win over Chelsea at the Class 6A, Area 8 tournament Feb. 7. (Reporter photo/Mickel Ponthieux)

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

HOOVER – The Chelsea Lady Hornets rallied an erased an eight-point deficit in the first half only to see the Spain Park Lady Jags pull away in the third for a 57-32 win in the Class 6A, Area 8 semifinals at Spain Park High School.

Chelsea (7-17) trailed as much as eight points twice in the first half, but closed the second quarter on a 6-2 run to pull within four, 17-13 at the half.

Chelsea’s Amanda Mock scored the first four points of the third to even the game 17-17.

That would be as close as the Lady Hornets would be able to get as Spain Park (21-8) answered with an 18-4 run to closed the quarter to take a 35-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Jags continued to pull away in the fourth when they opened the quarter on a 11-2 run to take a 46-23 advantage. Spain Park ended the game on a 11-2 run to seal the 57-32 win.

Chelsea’s Mock led all scorers with 18 points for the Lady Hornets.

Denise Newton led Spain Park with 14 points while Victoria Baldwin scored 13 points for the Lady Jags.