February 24, 2008 at 2:24 AM CST - Updated July 1 at 1:25 PM
(From WAFF-48 Sports) - Results from the Northeast Regional Finals in Jacksonville.
6A Girls Title Clay (Chalkville) 66, Mountain Brook 57 The Cougars go to the Final Four to play Selma, Friday morning, thanks to Alex Strickland's 25 points and a lot of outside shooting. Clay (27-60 scored 36 points on 35 shots from beyond the arc, nearly as many attempts as Mountain Brook (22-6) had from the field.
5A Girls Title Talladega 59, Scottsboro 41 Jessica Merritt scored 19 points, 11 in the 1st quarter, to lead the Tigers and end Scottsboro's season at 26-4. Talladega trailed only once in the contest and it wasn't for long as the Wildcats led 5-4 with 5:37 to go in the 1st quarter. Merritt was named MVP. Haley Nelson scored 23 points and brought down 14 rebounds for Scottsboro, but was the only real source of offense for them, while three ladies scored in double figures for the Tigers.
4A Girls Title DAR 58, Boaz 45 Tournament MVP Autumn Largen scored 25 points and Jessica Coooper added 12 as DAR (28-5) won the 4A NE championship. Erin Clark led Boaz (29-4) with 21 and Caitlin Whitt added 18. Largen made good on 4 of her 5 three-point attempts, 7-of-10 from the line, and brought in eight defensive rebounds.
3A Girls Title Crossville 64, Glencoe 53 The Yellow Jackets went to the regionals for the first time in six years, and as a tandem, both boys and girls have been eliminated at the hands of the Crossville Lions. Both teams stayed close throughout the game, but entering the 4th quarter with a 46-45 lead, Crossville went on an 18-8 run in the final quarter to win. Courtney Thacker led the Lions with 25 points and 8 rebounds.
2A Girls Title Ider 59, Piedmont 43 Hilary Phillips had 25 points to lead the Hornets to an upset victory over Piedmont (30-2) and a berth in the Final Four. A pair of three-point baskets by Phillips from the left side to start the 4th quarter gave Ider the spark it needed after going into the period with a one-point lead. Ider (23-9) outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 28-14 in the final quarter. Piedmont shot just 26.3% from the floor in the first half.
1A Girls Title Spring Garden 60, Gaston 46 It's business as usual for the Spring Garden Lady Panthers who go to Birmingham for the 7th straight time. Paige Anderson scored 34 points and was named tournament MVP. Spring Garden (34-0) totally dominated the Lady Bulldogs (20-9), who trailed after the first half, 28-13. Gaston shot just 19% from the floor in the 1st half and failed to sink any of their three-point tries.