February 27, 2013 Edition

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Hillcrest teams advance
to state, boys win regional



Hillcrest's Colman Evans looks over his shoulder as he prepares to shoot during the Screamin' Eagles upset 62-60 victory over top-ranked Bay in the semifinals of their regional tournament. The victory advanced them to the finals, where they defeated Calico Rock to claim the title. In the background is Zach Doyle (#30).
Submitted Photos ~ Marla Helms


Lady Screamin' Eagle Katelyn Richey dribbles the ball down the court during a consolation game on Monday against Bay. Hillcrest lost the game 63-47 to finish in fourth place in the regional tournament.

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Hillcrest was the host site of the 1A Region 2 Basketball Tournament, which concluded Monday. The Hillcrest boys defeated Calico Rock 57-47 in the boys final on Monday to earn the region's top seed in the state tournament at Bradley. The Lady Eagles fell to Bay 63-47 in the girls consolation game and will advance to the state tournament as the fourth seed from Region 2.

Boys final

Calico Rock got out of the gates quickly, scoring the game's first eight points and leading 13-6 after one quarter. The Pirates then scored the first two baskets of the second period, including a three-pointer, to increase the lead to 18-6.

Hillcrest regrouped and went on a 21-9 run during the remainder of the period and the teams went to halftime deadlocked 27-27.

The Eagles took the lead on the opening basket of the second half, but Calico Rock answered with a three-pointer to regain the advantage at 30-29. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the period, with neither team able to pull away.

Hillcrest led 37-35 entering the fourth quarter and stretched the lead to 42-37 early in the period. The Pirates closed to within 42-40, but clutch free-throw shooting gave Hillcrest a 49-42 lead with one minute to play. The Eagles converted on 14-of-21 free throws in the final period and the Pirates could get no closer than four points, 51-47, the rest of the way.

Colman Evans led Hillcrest with 24 points, while Zach Doyle contributed 21. Corey Richey added four points. Evan Doyle and Cameron Durham each had three points, and Jeremiah Turner finished with two points.

Girls consolation

Despite a 28-point performance from Lindsey Crews, Hillcrest's Lady Eagles lost to Bay 63-47 in the consolation game of the girls bracket on Monday afternoon.

Semifinals

Zach Doyle's 29 points helped Hillcrest defeat Bay 62-60 in a boys semifinal round contest on Saturday.

The Eagles led 15-7 after the first quarter, 29-20 at halftime and 48-40 after three periods. Hillcrest held off Bay's fourth-quarter rally to earn the win and advance to the title game.

Turner added 10 points for Hillcrest.

Weiner's Payton Craft scored the winning bucket in the final minute, as the Lady Cardinals edged Hillcrest 63-62 in girls semifinal action.

The Lady Eagles led 22-18 after one quarter, but Weiner came back in the second period to lead 33-28 at the break. The Lady Cardinals stretched the advantage to 50-42 entering the fourth quarter and held off Hillcrest's comeback attempt.

Crews scored 20 points, and Stacy Maxwell added 13 for the Lady Eagles.

First round

An ice storm that hit Lawrence County forced the Hillcrest boys to have to wait until Friday to face the Ridgefield Christian Warriors in a first-round contest.

Hillcrest led 13-8 after one quarter, 29-22 at halftime and 43-38 at the end of the third period. The Eagles then broke the game open in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors 26-11 in the period to take the 69-49 victory.

Evans scored 23 points for Hillcrest. Doyle added 18 points, and Turner finished with 15 points.

In the girls bracket, Hillcrest was able to play their first-round game as scheduled on Feb. 20. The Lady Eagles needed a fourth-quarter comeback to down Maynard 50-45.

Hillcrest trailed 25-18 at halftime and 34-29 after three quarters before outscoring the Lady Tigers 21-11 in the final period.

Crews led the Lady Eagles with 18 points, and Katelyn Richey added 15.s

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