The Pisgah girls basketball team is headed back to familiar territory.
The No. 2-ranked Eagles soared to a 29-point lead after one quarter on the way to securing their record 21st appearance in the Northeast Regional Tournament.
Pisgah (27-3), the two-time defending Class 3A state champion, plays No. 6 Midfield (23-8) in the regional semifinals at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The Pisgah-Midfield winner plays the either No. 4 Susan Moore (26-3) or Sylvania in the regional final on Feb. 19.
The Eagles jumped in front of Piedmont 35-6 after one quarter before leading 44-13 at halftime and 63-21 after three quarters.
Pisgah had three players scoring double figures, led by Molly Heard’s 19 points. Layla Hatfield netted 11 points and Chloe Womack had 10 points and five steals. Madison Myers contributed seven points, five assists and four steals for the Eagles, who also got nine points from Kallie Tinker, seven points and seven rebounds from Kennedy Barron, five points from Amber Shrader and Anna Young four, three from Hannah Duncan and two from Kristen York.
Lele Ridley scored 11 points and Z’Hayla Welker added eight for Piedmont (9-17).
Skyline 81, R.A. Hubbard 37 — At Skyline, the Vikings will return to Jacksonville State University to defend its Northeast Regional title after cruising past R.A. Hubbard in the sub-regional round on Monday.
No. 2-ranked Skyline (27-3) plays No. 1 Spring Garden (31-2) in the regional semifinals tonight at 6 p.m. at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum. The winner plays Valley Head or Talladega County Central in the regional finals Feb. 17.
It’s the fourth straight regional appearance for Skyline.
The Vikings secured the appearance quickly Monday night, racing out to a 40-16 halftime lead. Skyline led 62-30 after three quarters.
Skyline had five players scoring in double figures. Bailee Usrey finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals and Gracie Stucky totaled 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds while Aidan Bellomy had 14 points, Blakely Stucky 11 points and Alli McAllister 10 points and five rebounds. The Vikings also got seven points and five rebounds from Brinlee Potts, five points from Kenzi Manning and two points from Morgan Sanders.
Alex Orr and Lonique Williams scored 12 and 10 points respectively for R.A. Hubbard (9-11).
Boaz 49, Scottsboro 44 — At Boaz, Scottsboro’s season came to a close with a sub-regional loss to the host Pirates Monday night.
Scottsboro, which finished 13-16, led 14-8 after one quarter, 25-18 at halftime and 36-34 after three quarter, but Boaz finished the game on an 11-2 run to advance.
Lilly Beth Morrison was 6 of 9 from the 3-point arc and finished with a game-high 20 points for Boaz (20-12), which plays Southside in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Saturday morning.
“We just couldn’t get stretched out (defensively) on (Morrison),” said Scottsboro coach Brandon Childers. “She kept shooting from farther back, and what we didn’t think was a good shot was for her. She kind of took over the game.”
AUM signee Carley Bell scored a team-high 19 points while Lexie Bennett had 12, Madison Armstrong six, Jadaya Edmondson four and Audrey Holland three. Scottsboro played without senior starter Madison Holland because of a leg injury.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Childers said. “Anytime you our-rebound them by eight, you know you’ve played hard. At the end of the day, we just didn’t make enough shots. I thought Carley played really well, did everything she could do to give us a chance. We lose three good seniors, Carley, Dailey (Dudley) and Madison. We’ve got seven or eight kids coming back (next season) that have a good bit of experience.”
Fairview 69, North Jackson 52 — At Stevenson, visiting Fairview ended No. 4-ranked North Jackson’s season in the sub-regional round for a second straight season.
North Jackson (19-9), which closed with a school-record for wins, led 9-6 after one quarter before Fairview surged in front 33-26 at halftime. The Chiefs, who committed 32 turnovers, were outscored 21-11 in the third quarter and trailed 54-37 entering the final frame. North Jackson never got closer than 12 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played hard from start to finish. We just made a little too many mistakes. And Fairview, they took advantage of our mistakes. We just did not handle their press very well. We didn’t move very well, so that got us in trouble, got us behind,” said North Jackson head coach Tony Brown. “Proud of the seniors, the way they led the team. Challenged the underclassmen to come back and try to break the 19 wins and lets work harder and beat people like Fairview…good nucleus coming back. The future looks bright.”
Summer Varnum led North Jackson with 17 points while seniors Sarah Morgan Paige Dunn scored nine and six points respectively. Tyra Smith added eight for the Chiefs, who also got six from Alexis Moore, five from Hadley Burnette, and one from Delana Pierce.
Payton Golden scored a game-high 19 points while Katie Ball had 16 and Maddie Yeager 11 for Fairview, which advanced to play No. 3 Anniston in the Northeast Regional on Feb. 17.