PRICEVILLE – The Lady Bulldogs won the 4A Area 13 area tournament on Thursday night by defeating St. John Paul II 58-38. This is their third straight area tournament title.
Priceville started the game on a 10-0 run before the Lady Falcons got on the board. St. John Paul II outscored the Lady Bulldogs 9-3 over the final three minutes to cut the lead to 13-9 heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs defense clamped down on the Lady Falcons in the second quarter. Over the first 7:30 of the quarter St. John Paul II to just five points. Over the same time, Priceville scored 19 points and extended their lead to 32-14. The Lady Falcons knocked down a three-pointer right before halftime to make it 32-17.
Priceville continued to extend their lead in the third by outscoring the Lady Falcons 17-10.
Abigail Garrison finished with a 20 point, 13 rebound double-double to lead Priceville. Zoey Benson added 16 points, six rebounds, and four steals.
Jenna Walker had seven points, five assists, and two steals for the Lady Bulldogs. Brianna Marquette and Olivia Duran each had six points and seven rebounds. Lannah Johnson pulled down four rebounds and dished out six assists.
Hannah Hall knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points to lead St. John Paul II.
COACH NELSON’S THOUGHTS
I’m so proud of this team! Tonight, we won our third straight Area Championship. This is the first time in school history to get a three-peat! The team won our twentieth game tonight. Abigail Garrison played unbelievable tonight. She was such a force for us on both ends of the floor. It is special to be a part of this as a coach.
Early in the first quarter, Jenna Walker dished out her first assist of the game and the 700th for her career. She would finish with five in the game and currently stands at 704 for her career. She started the season at No. 25 in the AHSAA for career assists and now sits at No. 10.
Priceville (20-9) will host Fayette County on Monday night in a sub-regional match-up. Fayette Count lost to Haleyville.