Gadsden City pounds Pell City 73-26 in Class 6A, Area 9 tourney
Thu. February 07, 2013 at 10:42 p.m. | By Nick Johnston Sports Writer
Gadsden City’s Chelsea Knight goes up for a shot against Pell City on Thursday night. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)
It was as if the scoreboard was turned off.
The Gadsden City girls basketball team rolled past Pell City 73-26 Thursday night in the semifinals of the Class 6A, Area 9 tournament. But as their margin grew, the Titans (20-8) seemed to clamp down even more on the Panthers.
The Titans coach liked that.
“We never did act like we had a big lead,” Jeremy Brooks said. “We were scrapping at the end of the game like it was tied up.”
It wasn’t just at the end of the game, though. Gadsden City never let Pell City get in a rhythm and dominated the game from the start.
With the win, the Titans locked up a spot in next week’s sub-regional round for a shot at the Northeast Regional tournament at Jacksonville State University. Before that, Gadsden City will go for its fifth straight area tournament crown against Oxford on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated Clay-Chalkville 40-39 in the other semifinal Thursday.
It’s going to take another performance like the one against Pell City to win the area crown. The Titans shot 56 percent from the field against the Panthers.
“We just played really well,” Brooks said. “We went out and executed our gameplan. You almost hope not to waste some of those baskets.”
Chelsea Knight recorded a double-double off the bench, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds — nine on the offensive glass. Brooke Burns had 16 points and four steals, while Daijia Williams had 14 points.
TK Blount scored 13 points in the win, dazzling the Titan faithful with slick crossover moves, a tough fall-away jumper and lock-down defense on the perimeter.
It was Blount who helped Gadsden City to a strong start, recording two steals and getting a pair of layups. The Titans allowed just two field goals in the first quarter and took a 19-4 advantage into the second.
Gadsden City opened the second quarter with a 15-4 run, capped by Williams’ strong move on the inside for a hoop and harm.
The Titans eventually led 40-13 at halftime and allowed just five points in the third quarter to take a 57-18 lead into the fourth.
Hannah Harris added seven points for Gadsden City, while Alyah Jackson ended the night with six points.
Reagan Merryman was the lone bright spot for Pell City with 16 points.