Aggies skin 'Cats
Posted Friday, February 06, 2009 by Sand Mountain Reporter
Aggies skin ’Cats
The Albertville varsity boys celebrated their Senior Night by dispatching Scottsboro 52-40 in their regular-season finale Friday at Albertville Coliseum.
T.J. Vines tossed in 13 points and T.J. Pams 12 for the Aggies, who improved to 15-14.
Both Madison Tharp and Drew Epperson scored eight, Michael Reeves five and Maurice Spurgeon and Dareon Thompson three each.
The Aggies led 18-14, 26-22 and 37-32 at the rest stops. They trailed briefly in the third quarter before regaining the lead.
Vines spent most of the third period on the bench after picking up his third foul. His loss contributed to Scottsboro’s rally.
“T.J. just does so many things for us,” said Aggie head coach Patrick Harding.
“He’s a good ballhandler, he’s our best on-ball defender, he rebounds well and he’s shooting the ball really well right now. And when you lose him, he got his third foul pretty early in the third quarter, those were five long minutes to play without him.
“But I thought we battled hard, and I thought we played hard in the third quarter and got some things out of our press. We kind of weathered the storm.
“We had the lead going into the fourth, where we very well could have been down. I was proud of that.
“We’re getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different guys. For our role players, it’s becoming more defined what they need to be doing, and the ones that have embraced it are playing well.”
Albertville made eight 3-pointers, including three by Vines. Five different players hit a trey.
The Aggies were 14-of-20 from the foul line, including 11-of-15 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played well in the fourth quarter and scored 15 points,” Harding said. “We shot free throws well at the end. We finished 70 percent, which is one of our better nights of the year.
“I thought eight 3s for us was the second-highest total of the year.
“We didn’t handle the ball as well as I want to handle it. But there late, when it was key and they were putting a lot of man pressure on us, we were strong with the ball and held it long enough to get a foul and go hit our free throws.
“We made stops at the end. They only scored eight in the fourth quarter. I thought we played pretty well defensively.
“They’ve got a lot of size, and I thought we battled pretty well down there.”
Both Tyler Hamlet and Patrick Love scored nine for the Wildcats, who sank only one 3-pointer. Blake Fielder added six points.
Scottsboro 57, Albertville girls 45: Scottsboro led 21-8, 32-19 and 42-25 at the quarter breaks in spoiling senior night for the Lady Aggies.
Albertville rallied in the fourth quarter, pulling with 48-42 on Amber Barhorst’s free throw with 1:11 remaining.
McKenzie Peet’s 15 points topped the Lady Aggies. Chelsea Jenkins scored 10.
Barhorst chipped in eight points, Lashaunda Spurgeon six, Tiffany Pams four and Lauren Sprouse two.
Sprouse, a senior, suffered a knee injury early in the first quarter that sidelined her the remainder of the contest.
Scottsboro’s Dakota Powell scored a game-high 21 points. Tyris Branford tossed in 13.