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Madison County defeats Cherokee County 54-44


Cherokee County's Darbie Rosser shoots against Madison County on Saturday. (Photo by Trent Penny | Anniston Star)


JACKSONVILLE — Class 4A, No. 10 Cherokee County’s season came to an end Saturday with a 54-44 loss to No. 7 Madison County in the girls high school basketball Northeast Regional final.

Trailing 23-16 coming out of halftime, the Warriors (25-7) went cold in the third quarter, scoring just five points and allowing Madison County to extend the lead to 34-21 heading into the fourth. The Tigers led by as many as 14 in the high-scoring final quarter.

Cherokee County never held the lead in the contest, and the last tie was at 7-all.

Tori Davis led the Warriors with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Chelsea Ray chipped in 10 points. Madison Brannon pulled down 14 rebounds. Cherokee County outrebounded the Tigers 46-22, but turned the ball over 21 times, to just 10 times for Madison County.

Davis and Darbie Rosser, who had seven points against the Tigers, were named to the All-Tournament team.

Tournament MVP Hannah Nichols scored 32 points on 12 of 19 shooting for Madison County. She made all four of her 3-point attempts. She also grabbed seven rebounds.

Courtney Binder, who had five points, joined Nichols on the All-Tournament team. Madison Baggett had nine points.

The Tigers (24-6) will take on Clarke County at 3 p.m. Thursday in the state semifinals.