Greensboro routs Aliceville for regional title
Sat. February 25, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Greensboro's Malesha Williams shoots over Aliceville defenders during the Class 3A girls AHSAA Central Regional Final in Montgomery on Saturday. Williams was the region's MVP.
MONTGOMERY | Greensboro’s Malesha Williams won a most valuable player award Saturday, but she would have voted for teammate Kasabrian Fields.
Williams, a sophomore guard, and Fields, a senior guard, combined for 40 points, and the Lady Raiders claimed the Class 3A Central Regional title with a 60-42 victory over Aliceville.
Greensboro (31-2) qualified for the ASHAA Tournament in Birmingham and will play Madison Academy at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
"It makes me feel good because we made history," said Williams, who scored 21 points and had eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Fields, an all-tournament selection, had 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Elexis Evans, a 5-foot-9 seventh-grader, established her presence with 4-for-7 shooting. She scored 11 points and had four rebounds. Aliceville coach Sebastian Shamery said Evans was the "most physical" big player his team had faced.
Franetra Long scored eight points for Greensboro. Point guard Cadedra Williams had five assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Eighth-graders Sharia Eddins and Katelyn Shamery, the coach’s daughter, scored 14 points each for Aliceville (13-9). Katelyn Shamery had eight rebounds. Junior JoNesha Jordan had five points and eight rebounds.
Alexis Garner and Summer Williams represented Aliceville on the all-tournament team. Garner, who was hounded by the Greensboro defense, had three points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals. Summer Williams was held to two points.
Greensboro led 24-19 at halftime. A layup by Eddins cut the margin to 29-25, but the Lady Raiders closed the third quarter with a 13-0 run.
"That was when the team showed up," Greensboro coach Frances Dunn said.
Two free throws by Fields gave Greensboro a 42-25 lead by the end of the quarter.
"That’s where it happened," said Sebastian Shamery, who saw his team commit 27 turnovers. "One thing led to another, and we kind of got our heads down.
"We executed our game plan for two thirds of the game, but that one third was what actually got us there."
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