The Daleville Lady Hawks (8-12) had a busy final week of the season with two road games against Carroll and Houston Academy along with a home matchup with Slocomb.
Against Slocomb on Jan. 28, Daleville struggled to a 54-36 loss at home and then fell to Carroll on the road by a score of 65-41.
Against a pumped up Carroll team, Joye Anderson and Erika Herring scored 15 points each to lead the way for the Lady Hawks. Carroll celebrated Senior Night against Daleville and had a DJ playing music in front of a rowdy fan base.
“I felt good about it,” Daleville coach Zach Kelley said about the game. “Carroll is always tough but we hung in there with them.
“We started the game off well but they went on a run and we had to play catch up for the rest of the game.”
To close out the regular season, the Lady Hawks bounced back to earn a 53-38 win over Houston Academy on the road.
“It was a quick turnaround but our girls responded well with a lot of energy early and played well off the press,” Kelley said.
The Lady Hawks led 9-8 in the first quarter and stretched that lead out to 21-12 at halftime. After going up 32-18 in the third quarter, Houston Academy was able to rally and cut the lead to 10 in the fourth quarter before some clutch free throw shooting was able to seal the win for the Lady Hawks.
“We kind of ran out of gas there at the end,” Kelley said. “Erika (Herring) and Joye (Anderson) hit some clutch free throws for us, though. Those two really had a strong end to the season.”
Herring had a big night with 22 points and Anderson added 12 points in the win.
Daleville looked to keep that momentum going in the Class 2A, Area 3 Tournament as the Lady Hawks played Cottonwood in the opening round of the tournament in Hartford on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
“We can definitely beat Cottonwood,” Kelley said. “Last time we were down by two at the end and missed a wide-open layup.
“We just have to come out and play with intensity on defense and rebound the ball. We can’t let their big girls get easy layups and second chance points.”