Hartselle won for the ninth time in their last 10 games in defeating Fairview 72-36 Tuesday night on the Aggie’s homecourt.
Kiah Key hit three three-pointers in the games’ first four minutes to help the Tigers jump out to a 13-4 lead. Brody Peebles added nine points in the final three minutes of the first to help extend the Hartselle lead to 24-6.
Peebles hit two three-pointers to open the second quarter as the lead grew to 32-13. Luke Ward hit two three-pointers and finished with eight points in the final three minutes of the second quarter to help the Tigers build their lead to 44-18 at halftime.
Ward hit his fourth three-pointer in the middle of a 7-0 Hartselle run to open the third quarter as the lead grew to 51-18. Treyce Oden scored six straight points for Hartselle as they continued to pull away. The final five points of the third quarter came from freshmen Thomas Itsede, Rylan Smothers, and Kohl Key as the lead was 60-27 going to the fourth.
Dominic Simmons scored five points in the fourth to help the Tigers finish off the Aggies. Simmons missed the first half of the season following an elbow injury suffered in football. Hartselle outscored Fairview 12-9 in the final quarter to get the win.
“I loved our approach to the game tonight,” said Hartselle coach Faron Key. “We gave this game the attention it deserved from start to finish. We have had some lapses in concentration during games and haven’t finished teams off the way we needed to so it was nice to see not only our starters play well but we got solid support from everyone that played tonight.”
Peebles finished with 22 points to lead Hartselle (18-2). Ward added 14 points, while Kiah Key had nine.
Fairview (4-14) was led by Owen Yarbrough’s 11 points and Preston Ryan’s 10.