Kiah Key shoots over a Mountain Brook defender in the Tigers' loss to the Spartans. Photo by Jim Meadows. Kiah Key shoots over a Mountain Brook defender in the Tigers’ loss to the Spartans. Photo by Jim Meadows.

Hartselle lead through three and half quarters before falling 62-56 to Mountain Brook this past Friday.

The Tigers to an 18-12 first-quarter lead after closing with a 13-4 run over the final 3:50 of the first quarter. Mountain Brook battled back with a 17-8 run over the first 4:26 of the second quarter to take a 29-28 lead. The Tigers outscored the Spartans 6-4 to take a 34-33 lead at the half.

Hartselle’s defense held Mountain Brook to seven points in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 44-40 into the fourth.

The Tigers were held to two points over the first four minutes of the final quarter, while the Spartans scored 11 points to take a 51-46 lead. The closest that Hartselle would get the rest of the way was three points on a couple of different occasions before ultimately falling 62-56.

Kohl Key finished with 14 points while hitting four three-pointers to lead the Tigers (6-4). Dunn added 13 points. Smothers, Markus Tapscott, and Thomas Itsede each finished with six points. Smothers added nine rebounds.