FLORENCE — Mars Hill took control in the second half and held on to claim a 58-55 victory over Lauderdale County in girls basketball action Tuesday night.
Mary Brooke Willis scored 22 points as the Panthers (4-0, 1-0 area) claimed their first area win.
Lauderdale County took a 31-27 advantage into halftime. The Panthers rallied to tie it at 44 after three periods. Willis then scored 10 points in the final period to help the Panthers take an eight-point lead into the final minute.
Carley Harrison hit four treys and finished with 14 points for Mars Hill. Karlee Brown, Emma Wallen and Haley Avery scored 12 points each for the Tigers.
n Central 43, Rogers 37: The Wildcats opened on a 12-2 run and outlasted Rogers (3-4) to pick up the win on the road.
Bailey Nelson scored a game-high 22 points for Central 94-1). Morgan Killen tallied 10 to lead the Pirates.
n Tharptown 59, Addison 43: Jessica Wilson and Danielle Creasy each scored 12 points as Tharptown (3-2) went on the road to down Addison.
n Shoals Christian 45, Cherokee 11: Shoals Christian (1-6) held Cherokee scoreless in the opening quarter to claim its first win of the season.
Shoals Christian’s Lacey Lindley led all scorers with 22 points, while Kyra Agnew chipped in with 11.
n Deshler 55, Sheffield 5: Class 3A, No. 4 Deshler (3-0) opened with a 20-1 run and never looked back to earn its third win in as many games.
Christian Darnell scored 10 and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Julia Burton and Kat Darnell also scored 10 for the Tigers.
n Lexington 40, Brooks 25: Haven Albright scored a game-high 12 points as fifth-ranked Lexington (7-2) came from behind to down Brooks.
The Bears trailed 18-15 at the half, before a 6 for 6 shooting stretch gave them a 23-21 lead after three quarters. Lexington outscored Brooks 17-4 in the final quarter.
Savannah Stults had 10 points for Lexington, while Britt McCormick led Brooks with eight points.
n Clements 51, Colbert County 20: Clements (5-3) jumped out to a 23-5 lead and outscored Colbert County (0-3) in all four quarters to earn the win on the road.
Deneshia Malone scored a game-high 14 for Clements. Mija Newsome scored 11 to lead Colbert County.
n Covenant Christian 50, Waterloo 22: Anna Claire Noblit scored 22 points and Bailey Hill scored 16 in a rout over Waterloo.
Covenant (9-0) jumped out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and led 29-11 at halftime.
n Frank Hughes 46, Wayne County 45: Bella Owens converted a three-point play to give Frank Hughes the lead with 48.5 seconds to play, and Wayne County couldn’t respond.
Hayley Inman (12 points) and Stacey Creecy (11) led Wayne County (3-5).
n Mars Hill 79, Lauderdale County 57: Mark McWilliams and Ethan Smith each scored in double digits off the bench to help Mars Hill to the blowout win.
Smith finished with 13 points and McWilliams 11. Thomas Swinea scored a team-high16 and Landon Willis added 15 for Mars Hill (3-1) in its Class 3A, Area 16 opener.
The Panthers trailed 27-26 at halftime, but outscored the Tigers 26-11 in the third quarter to take control.
Drew Newton lead all scorers with 17 points for LCHS (1-2, 0-1), while Nathaniel McCafferty added 11.
n Colbert County 75, Clements 36: Colbert County hit four 3-pointers in the first period to take a 23-6 lead in cruising past Clements.
Jonah Casteel hit two treys in the opening period and finished with 16 points to lead the Indians (3-0, 1-0). Sam Howard added 14 points and Marcus Powers had 11.
n Russellville 71, Lawrence County 64: Trailing 32-29 at halftime, Russellville outscored Lawrence County 19-8 in the third period en route to a victory over the Red Devils.
Jackson Smith led the Golden Tigers (2-3, 1-0 area) with 20 points, followed by Kalen Bonds with 16 and Jacob Seal with 10.
n Sheffield 65, Deshler 64: Senior Eric Yarbrough drove the length of the floor and with a second remaining sank the game winner as Sheffield (1-1) went on the road and won in come-from-behind fashion.
Shaquille Carroll led the Bulldogs with 25 points, while Hunter Danley added 15 and JD Smith 11.
Thomas Gable scored 25 to lead Deshler (1-2). B.J. Bailey chipped in with 12 and Recardo Carter added 10.
n Brooks 39, Lexington 25: Brooks held on to win a defensive struggle against Lexington. The Lions held Lexington to just six points total in the first and third quarters, outscoring the Golden Bears 18-6 in those two periods. Brooks led 21-12 at halftime and 30-16 after three quarters.
Brady Bedingfield led Brooks (2-0) with nine points while Lexington (2-3) was led by Jake Rogers with 10.
n Rogers 49, Central 45: Austin Kerr and Caleb Morrow each scored 11 points to lead Rogers (3-0) to a 49-45 win over Central.
Central (2-3) was led by Cole Michael with 15 points and Desmond Koger with 10.
n Waterloo 51, Covenant Christian 37: Wayne Darby netted a game-high 21 points as Waterloo (4-3) outscored Covenant Christian 33-22 in the second half to earn the road win.
Bradley Darby added 11 for the Cougars and Tyler Whipple chipped in with 10.
Sam Griffin led Covenant Christian (1-8) with 14.
n Colbert Heights 47, Red Bay 41: Kaleb Suggs scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Colbert Heights (4-3) clipped Red Bay (0-4).
The Wildcats claimed an 11-6 advantage after the first quarter and pushed their lead to 8 at the half. A late rally fell short for the Red Bay, as Colbert Heights held on for the six-point win.
Jeffrey Mitchell added 10 points for Colbert Heights. Austin Humphres led Red Bay with 12 points.
n Tharptown 81, Addison 50: Four players scored in double figures as Tharptown (4-4) cruised on the road to earn its fourth win of the season.
Max Nolen led all scorers with 21 points for Tharptown, while Kelby Hallmark notched 19. Will Little added 15 and Blake Gray 12.
n Shoals Christian 68, Cherokee 64: Will Bishop led all scorers with 22 points and Devon Traglia poured in 16 as Shoals Christian (4-3) claimed the lead early and held on to seal the win.
Dylan Harris led Cherokee (3-4) with 17 points, while Jolly Benjamin added 14, and Jeffrey Patrick 12.
n Wayne County 60, Frank Hughes 50: Carson Kelly sank three of his six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter while scoring 11 of his game-high 26 points in the final period as Wayne County pulled away.
Ian Powell added 12 points for Wayne County.