Gadsden City girls advance to regionals with win over Clay-Chalkville
Thu. February 16, 2012 at 11:21 p.m. | By Nick Johnston Sports Writer
Gadsden City’s Portia Sims goes up for a layup and is fouled by Clay-Chalkville’s Larian Scott during Thursday night’s Class 6A Northeast Sub-regional playoff game in Gadsden. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden TImes)
The Gadsden City girls basketball team will be making another trip to the Class 6A Northeast Regional tournament, as the Titans knocked off Clay-Chalkville 70-50 in the sub-regional round Thursday night.
Five players scored in double figures for the Titans (19-13).
Portia Sims led the way, scoring 17 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
“We were feeling it,” said Sims. “In the lockerroom, we were talking about how we were going to go out and play. We came out aggressive and we had to show them that we were going to win and make it to Jacksonville another year.”
This is the fourth straight year the Titans have reached the regional tournament, and they likely will play No. 2 Hoover at 9 a.m Wednesday. Hoover will face Spain Park tonight in their sub-regional matchup. If the Bucs prevail, it will be a familiar foe. Hoover has knocked Gadsden City out of the tournament the past three seasons. They have met twice this season with Hoover coming out on top in both.
Still, Gadsden City coach Jeremy Brooks and his team are looking forward to the challenge. “Jacksonville, the experience of that, it’s something,” he said. “The environment, to me, there is more intense (than the Final Four). It’s an intense atmosphere, and it’s a like a reward.”
Gadsden City led from midway through the first quarter on against Clay-Chalkville, who the Titans beat last season to advance to the regional tournament. Gadsden City led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and stretched its advantage to 29-17 by halftime. The Titans took a 46-29 lead into the fourth and cruised from there.
The Titans are averaging just under 50 points per outing this season, and Brooks said things were clicking for his Titans. “We were able to get our offense going both inside and outside,” he said. “We were scoring in the post and we actually bombed some threes ourself.”
The Cougars rely on the deep shot and made nine Thursday night, but Gadsden City went 7 of 12 from downtown. Titan seventh-grader Brooke Burns hit 4 of 4 and ended the night with 12 points. Genesis McCants came off the bench to score 11 points, while starter Dajia Williams also ended the night with 11 points. Takara Blount scored 10 points.
Clay-Chalkville’s Kristian Hudson, a freshman, led all scorers with 24 points on 5 of 7 shooting from outside. Larian Scott added 10 points.