R.A. Hubbard girls take down Berry
Tue. February 21, 2012 at 5:42 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Berry's Emma Herren drives the ball against R.A. Hubbard in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Northwest Regional tournament in Hanceville on Tuesday. (Photo by Robert Sutton)
HANCEVILLE | The Berry Lady Wildcats seized the momentum in Tuesday’s Class 1A Northwest Regional game, but it was too little, too early.
Berry lost the lead by the end of the first quarter and never got it back. Five players scored in double figures as defending state champion R.A. Hubbard advanced with a 73-56 victory.
R.A. Hubbard got 15 points and 11 rebounds from Alexis Acosta. Ashlen McCoy and Alexandria Gholston scored 14 points each.
Oresha Sherrod scored 11 of her 12 points in the second quarter as the Lady Chiefs (24-2) built their lead to 43-31. Zena Harris added 11 points.
"One of the biggest things we try to do is finish well at the rim," R.A. Hubbard coach Nicholas Vinson said. "I thought we did a good job of pushing the pace of the game in the second and third quarters."
Junior guard Emma Herren nailed three 3-pointers to spark Berry to a 13-2 lead. Vinson called time, and his team responded with an 8-0 run.
"We wanted to put a little more pressure on (Herren)," Vinson said. "She was getting too many open looks."
A 3-pointer by Annissa Billing tied it at 17, and the Lady Chiefs took their first lead on a 3-pointer by McCoy.
"Getting off to a good start was important, but credit to their kids," Berry coach Vic Herren said. "I thought that was one of the keys to the game, them being able to battle back as quick as they did and getting caught back up. I’m sure that was a little bit of a deflater for us and a momentum-gainer for them."
Emma Herren had 34 points, six rebounds, a steal and an assist.
"I was thinking, ‘We’ve got a shot. We’re going to do this,’" Emma Herren said. "Then they caught back up and it went downhill from there."
Berry’s Rayanna Clark had seven points and seven rebounds. Brittany Elkins had six points and five rebounds.
Berry finished at 24-6 to set a school record for wins.
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