Northwest Alabama Conference Tournament held last week

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
LYNN – The Marion County High School varsity Red Raiders basketball teams both claimed victory in the final round of the 2023-24 NAC tournament on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The girls began their run with a 65-56 victory over the Hackleburg Panthers at home on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Bekah Junkin scored the most points for the Lady Raiders in that game with 21, followed by Jasmine Wilson with 17, Lily Robinson with and Jolie Kate Cox with 11 points and Alecia Shack-Donaldson with five points.
Ellie Nichols scored the most points for the Lady Panthers with 20, followed by Jordin Ware with 16, Jadin Loveless with eight, Saylor Cooper with six, Emma Murray with three and Laine Steward with two.
Brilliant advanced to the semi-final round after defeating Berry 63-20, and Hubbertville defeated Phillips 73-31 to advance also.
The Lady Red Raiders played the Lady Tigers in the semi-final round in Guin. The Lady Raiders won 54-35 to secure their spot in the final round against Hubbertville, who had defeated Lynn 62-26.
Cox led the way again for Marion County with 13 points, followed by Shack-Donaldson with 12, Junkin with 11, Robinson with 10, Wilson with seven and Addyson Randolph with one.
For the Lady Tigers, Hadlee Sanderson scored 10 points, followed by Karagen Stanford with nine points, Abbigail Dickinson with six points, Madison Moore with five points, Macy Moore with three points and Brooke O’Mary with two points.
The Lady Lions and Lady Raiders played at Lynn on Saturday in the final round of the tournament.
Both teams battled until the end, but the Lady Red Raiders were able to pull far enough ahead in the fourth quarter to win the final game 58-48 and claim the championship.
Cox was the number one scorer once again with 20 points, followed by Wilson with 16 points and Junkin, Shack-Donaldson, Comer and Junkin making up the rest of the total.
Marion County’s boys also won the NAC tournament, starting with an 80-47 defeat of the Hackleburg Panthers in the first round in Guin on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Hubbertville beat the Phillips Bears 65-49, and Brilliant beat Berry 46-30 to also advance.
Against Hackleburg, Tye Madison led the way for the Raiders with 24 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Joe Aldridge with 17 points and six rebounds, Philip Wilson with 14 points and four rebounds, Dalyce Floyd and Samuel Taylor with seven points each, Gavin Williams with six points, Vondrell Swanigan with four points and Reagan LeDuke with one point.
Floyd also made nine rebounds.
In the semi-final round, Lynn beat Hubbertville 46-41 to take on the Raiders after they defeated Brilliant 63-38.
Against Brilliant, Madison led in scoring once again with 20 points and eight rebounds. Aldridge scored 14 and made six rebounds, Swanigan scored eight with five rebounds, Floyd scored seven with nine rebounds, Taylor scored five points with four rebounds, Williams scored five points, Wilson scored two points and Jordan Jefferson scored two points.


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