Garden perfect in area
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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As they have throughout the season, the Spring Garden (20-4) girls took care of business in their final three Class 1A, Area 10 basketball games last week. All three wins came on the road. Spring Garden finished its regular season Area 10 games 8-0.

Completing the area undefeated was something his players were focused to accomplish, Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin said Tuesday.

“That was something that we talked about,” said Austin. “We thought that was our potential and we didn’t want to underachieve.”

As Area 10 champion, the Panthers will host the area tournament next week.

On January 21, the Panthers toppled Coosa Christian 44-13. Spring Garden led 22-0 after just one quarter.

“We played a bunch of girls the rest of the night,” Austin said.

At halftime, the Panthers led 38-7 and the score was 44-11 after three quarters. Nine players scored for Spring Garden. Senior Haley Motes finished with 10 points and classmate Auburn Kirk scored eight points. Tykeah Rogers had six points, Payton McGinnis five and A.J. Broome four. Madison Sides and Savannah Dempsey each tallied three points. Alex Robertson had two points and Tiyonnah Rogers scored one point.

The Panthers defeated Gaylesville 68-23 on January 23 after leading 51-17 at halftime. Once again, nine players contributed points for Spring Garden. Rogers, Motes and Darian Gaines each scored in double digits. Rogers netted 16 points, Motes 12 and Gaines 10. Kirk tallied five points and also had 10 steals in the first half.

McGinnis had nine points, Emory Reedy six, Sides five, Kerstin Bryant three and Dempsey two.

Improving Cedar Bluff proved more of a challenge to Spring Garden on January 24. The Panthers won 58-40 after leading 26-16 at halftime. Gaines finished with 15 points. Sides and Rogers each scored 14 points. Rogers also grabbed 14 rebounds. Kirk and Motes scored six points each and Reedy contributed three points.
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