Hughes leads Cherokee past Covenant Christian

NORTH COURTLAND – Dee Hughes sent the game to overtime with a basket at the buzzer, and Cherokee went on to a 70-63 win over Covenant Christian in the semifinals of the boys Class 1A, Area 16 tournament Wednesday.

Cherokee (14-10) advances to play R.A. Hubbard on Friday for the area title. Both teams advance to sub-region play next week. For Cherokee, it will be its first sub-region appearance in four years.

Trailing by two points, Hughes drove into the lane and his shot beat the buzzer. He added seven of his team-high 25 points in overtime as Cherokee advanced.

Javar Strong added 17 points and Trey Lefan added 13 points for the Indians.

Titus Griffin topped Covenant Christian with 34 points.

Girls

Winfield 56, Haleyville 38: Winfield held Haleyville to five points in the second quarter as the Pirates took control and went on to beat the Lions in the Class 4A, Area 11 girls tournament championship game.

The score was tied at 12 after one quarter, but Winfield outscored the Lions 15-5 in the second to take a 27-17 lead into halftime. The Pirates led 40-40-30 after three periods pull away in the final minutes.

C-era Beck led Winfield with 18 points. Alli Temple scored 15 points for Haleyville (11-16), which will play at the winner of tonight’s Priceville-Danville game in Monday’s sub-regional round.

UNA athletics

Baseball, softball

schedules change

FLORENCE – A rainy weekend forecast has resulted in North Alabama’s baseball and softball schedules to be altered.

UNA’s softball team will play a doubleheader today and Friday at the UAH Charger Chillout tournament in Huntsville at the Kiwanis Sportsplex.

UNA plays No. 6 Southern Indiana at noon today, followed by a 2 p.m. game against Kentucky Wesleyan. UNA plays Bellarmine and Henderson State at noon and 2 p.m. on Friday.

UNA will host McKendree on Sunday at 10 a.m.

UNA’s baseball team will host Nova Southeastern in a doubleheader Friday beginning at 1 p.m. The schedule originally called for the Lions to play a single game at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday.

With a strong chance of rain Saturday, the Lions will try to play a single game at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

— Staff reports

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