Spain Park girls win area title for third straight year

The Spain Park Lady Jaguars won their third consecutive area championship on Feb. 6. (Contributed / Ted Melton at actionsportspix.smugmug.com)

The Spain Park Lady Jaguars won their third consecutive area championship on Feb. 6. (Contributed / Ted Melton at actionsportspix.smugmug.com)

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Reporter

HOOVER- On Feb. 6, the Spain Park Lady Jaguars defeated the Mountain Brook Lady Eagles to claim their third straight 7A area 6 championship. Spain Park moved to 25-8 on the year and maintained its unblemished area record, moving to 7-0 in area play.

The Lady Jaguars have been strong all season, and have historically been a strong program over the last few years under coach Mike Chase, who has Spain Park once again poised to make a deep postseason run.

“It was tight the whole game,” Chase said. “We were up three after the first quarter, up three after the second quarter and up two after the third before we outscored them 14-7 in the fourth to really close the game out.”

Victoria Baldwin led the way for the Lady Jaguars with 19 points during the contest.

After wrapping up the area championship, Spain Park now turns its attention toward the regional tournament where the Lady Jaguars will face Gadsden City on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. at Jacksonville State. If Spain Park wins that game, they will play the following Tuesday against either Huntsville or Mountain Brook for a chance to go to the Final Four.