4:00 PM Girls Basketball FinalWenonah 67Fairview 46
Something had to give. The Class 5A Northwest Regional final pitted a three-time defending state champion against a team on a 14-game winning streak. In a matchup of teams not accustomed to losing, No. 2-ranked Wenonah knocked off No. 10 Fairview 67-46 at Wallace State-Hanceville. Wenonah (28-3) advances to Birmingham with a shot for a fourth consecutive title. Fairview finished 28-7.
Turning point: Locust Fork trailed 19-17 midway through the second quarter. Wenonah closed the period on a 12-3 run, capped by Jayla Morrow‘s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Game ball: Wenonah’s Alexus Dye finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards.
Stat sheet: Morrow scored 17 points and was named tournament MVP. Faith Reynolds added 13 points and four rebounds for the Dragons. Abby Schnikkter scored 12 points and pulled down five boards for Fairview, and Taylor Yeager added 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
By the numbers: 9 – Rebounding advantage for Wenonah (38-29); 47.5 – Percent shooting from the field by Wenonah. Fairview shot 30 percent; 15 – Turnovers by Fairview. Wenonah had 13 giveaways.
Coachspeak: “When people play us, their emotions can be so high. I tell my girls, ‘Ya’ll just get ready for a nice punch in the face from the beginning.’ We just had to preservere, stay srong and let the wave coach and then play our game.” — Wenonah coach Emanuel Bell
“I was really proud of the way the girls played tonight. We did the best that we could; we competed. Unfortunately, we did go cold. I know our shooting percentage definitely wasn’t what we wanted. We had two goals this game: Not to turn the ball over and to box out and rebound. I felt like we did great defense in the half court, but unfortunately, we did have too many turnovers. And going cold on offense, we just couldn’t hold on.” — Fairview coach Mary Lauren Hartline
They said it … : “It’s a blessing. We put God first and trusted each other. We trusted our coaches and discipline was key.” — Morrow on advancing to state
“It’s a privilege because we’ve always wanted to make it this far and further. Stopping here is hard, but it was definitely one of our goals (to reach regionals).” — Schnikkter
What’s next: Wenonah will play Sylacauga in the state semifinals at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Complete article