Russellville built a big early lead but had to rally in a see-saw fourth quarter to beat Lawrence County 65-59 to keep its season alive Friday night.
Jackson Smith scored a game-high 25 points and Caleb Robinson added 16 for the Golden Tigers (11-14), who led 20-6 after the first quarter and will play host Athens for the Class 5A, Area 16 title Monday.
Lawrence County led briefly in the fourth quarter before Russellville took the lead for good.
Jesse Childress led Lawrence County with 18 points. James Vernon added 11.
Athens 60, Muscle Shoals 46: Muscle Shoals got off to a fast start in its bid to upset top-seeded Athens, but a second-half surge by the Golden Eagles proved to much to overcome.
Nathaneal Potts scored 17 points, including 11 of 14 free throws, and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Athens into the championship game.
Debo Reeder paced Muscle Shoals (10-16) with 17 points and LaDamien Stanford added 10 points.
Muscle Shoals led 16-11 after the first quarter and trailed by one point at the half. But the Trojans went cold from the field after intermission, allowing Athens to pull away.
The Trojans were just 1 of 18 from 3-point range and shot 37 percent for the game.
Trey Potts added 11 points for Athens and Neil Malone scored 11.
Class 1A, Area 16
Shoals Christian 66, Athens Bible 52: Shoals Christian jumped in front early and held on the rest of the way against Athens Bible.
Tanner Traglia scored a season-high 19 points to pace the Flame (13-13), who will face R.A. Hubbard on Monday in the championship game.
Daniel Wood score nine of his 17 points in the first quarter as Shoals Christian took a 20-12 lead. Will Bishop added 10 points.
Will Hamilton’s 16 points paced Athens Bible.
Class 2A, Area 15
Hatton 49, Sheffield 46: Ty Terry scored 22 points and Sheffield missed two 3-pointers on its final possession in a bid to send the game to overtime as Hatton edged the Bulldogs.
Hatton (17-8) overcame a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to advance to Monday’s final against Tanner. Terry hit six free throws in the final quarter to help the Hornets hold on.
Hunter Danley scored 16 points, J.D. Smith added 11 and Shaquille Carroll finished with 10 for Sheffield.
Tanner 66, Lexington 46: Tanner pulled away in the second half to advance to Monday’s championship game with a victory over Lexington.
The Rattlers led 32-26 at halftime before heating up in the second half. Greg Maclin scored 20 points to lead the Rattlers (22-4).
Wade McNutt led Lexington with 16 points and Jake Rogers added 11.
Class 4A, Area 15
Brooks 60, Priceville 51: Canaan Sides hit a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth quarter after Priceville cut an 18-point deficit to five, helping Brooks to the semifinals win.
The Lions play East Lawrence, which upset top-seed Haleyville, at 6 p.m., Monday in Haleyville.
Sides finished with a game-high 21 points, including 11 in the first quarter as Brooks (24-7) jumped in front 22-11. Chris Crews added 11 points.
Class 4A, Area 16
Wilson 63, Rogers 49: Wilson found its touch from 3-point range in the third quarter, sinking five in the period from beyond the arc to take control in a Class 4A, Area 16 semifinal win.
The Warriors (11-16) outscored Rogers 17-6 in the quarter and led by as many as 18 in the fourth after trailing 22-19 at halftime.
“We challenged them at the half to come out and play like they wanted to win, play with a lot more passion,” Wilson coach Jeremy Pounders said. “That was the difference.”
Pate Wear hit the first two 3s to start the run. He finished with 14 points.
Kenneth Henry led all scorers with 16 points. Jarrod Mask added 13 points, scoring 10 of those in the fourth quarter, and had 10 rebounds.
Brady Murks (11) and Reagan Curbow (10) scored in double digits for Rogers.
Wilson advances to the area final Monday at 7 p.m. against tournament host West Limestone. The Warriors also earned a sub-regional berth with the win.
West Limestone 56, Central 46: Aaron McWilliams scored 21 points and West Limestone advanced to Monday’s championship game against Wilson.
The Wildcats (21-9) outscored Central 21-5 in the second quarter and held on the rest of the way. Nathaniel Adams added 15 points and Caleb McConnell finished with 11 points.
Desmond Koger scored 13 points for Central.
Luke Mason topped Priceville with 14 points. Chandler Livingston added 11.
Class 1A, Area 15
Belgreen 60, Tharptown 47: Belgreen picked up its intensity on defense in the second half to beat Tharptown and earn a spot in Monday’s championship game.
Tharptown took the early lead and went into halftime up 28-26. Belgreen then held the Wildcats to six points in the third period to take a 43-34 lead. Chase Landers scored eight points in the third period to spark Belgreen. The Bulldogs continued to pull away in the final period to assure itself a spot in next week’s sub-regional round.
Landers finished with 21 points to lead Belgreen (18-6). Brock Hester had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Smith added 17 points. Smith hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 17 in the first half.
Kelby Hallmark led Tharptown with 18 points.
Belgreen will play Phillips in the championship game at Bear Creek.
Phillips 93, Hackleburg 64: Rodney Camp scored a game-high 31 points to lead five players in double figures as Phillips cruised past Hackleburg.
Camp scored nine points in the first period to help the Bears open up a 23-19 lead. Phillips extended the margin to 42-32 at halftime and then outscored Hackleburg 31-15 in the third period to push the lead to 73-47. Camp scored 14 points in the third period to spark the Bears.
Tyler Crumpton added 24 points for Phillips (23-6), followed by Jake Bonner with 16, Austin Campbell with 12 and Jacob Feltman with 10. Christian Quinn led Hackleburg with 21 points and Brayden Shaffer scored 19.
Class 1A, Area 16
R.A. Hubbard 81, Waterloo 35: R.A. Hubbard moved into the area tournament final behind 27 points from John Owens.
The Chiefs led 32-20 at halftime before outscoring Waterloo 20-6 in the third period to extend the margin to 52-26. Hubbard did not slow down in the final period, scoring 29 points en route to the victory.
Deonta Carter finished with 13 points for the Chiefs, who will host Shoals Christian in Monday’s championship game. Wayne Darby paced Waterloo with nine points.