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Big 3-pointers key TCHS girls win


NORTHPORT | After a back-and-forth battle for the entire first half in which neither team led by more than six points, the Tuscaloosa County High School girls basketball team had a minor deviation from the game plan propel them to a victory Thursday night in high school action.

Two key 3-point shots in the third quarter from Katlyn Madison and Shakeria Thomas helped Tuscaloosa County expand on a 28-26 halftime lead to beat the John Carroll Catholic Lady Cavaliers 64-55.

Thomas scored five of her 11 points in the pivotal third quarter.

Madison joined Thomas in double-digits with 10 points of her own.

"We hit a few threes to stretch the lead so we could slow the game down enough to win," Tuscaloosa County coach Jacob Haas said. "We didn’t have to do too much in the fourth quarter to win."

Also in the third quarter, Katie Krout scored the first six points of the half. Krout was the focal point of the offense for Tuscaloosa County in the first half before the 3-pointers from Madison and Thomas. Krout scored a game-high 25 points and also added seven rebounds and two blocks.

"We wanted to get the ball in the post," Haas said. "We have two great post players, Katie and (Tyra Summerville). We wanted to lob it in there to those two."

Summerville added seven points in the winning effort.

The leading scorer for John Carroll was Paige Pruitt, who contributed 24 points and was 14-for-16 from the free-throw line. Also in double-digits in points for the Lady Cavaliers was Christian Jordan, who tallied 10 points off the bench. Roni Richardson fell just short with eight points.

The charity stripe was kind to the Lady Wildcats, also, helping finish the win by getting nine points of 15 attempts in the fourth quarter alone.

"That’ll win ballgames," Haas said.

Victoria Henry was perfect from the free throw line inthe fourth quarter, 4-for-4, on her way to a nine-point night, with six coming in the final quarter.