The Lady Wildcats continued their winning ways Tuesday afternoon as they took down Sardis 70-40. With the win, Guntersville advanced to the first round of the regional tournament.

This past Thursday, the Lady Wildcats were to have traveled to George Washington Carver-Birmingham for the first round of the regional tournament. In a typical year, the game would’ve been held at Jacksonville State University. However, with the ongoing pandemic, the AHSAA decided to hold just the regional championship at neutral sites. The host schools for the first round of the regional tournament were chosen the same way they’re chosen in football – by number of games played on the road.

With a win, the Lady Wildcats will play Monday at Jacksonville State for a chance to go to the State Final 4. Carver-Birmingham has been in the top 5 of Class 5A all year so the task wasn’t an easy one.

Against Sardis, Olivia Vandergriff had a very big day scoring 29 points. Jayden Watkins had 15 points to go along with six blocks on defense. Tazi Harris had nine points and Ivey Marsh added six.

The Sardis Lady Lions started off the game strong by scoring four quick points. That would be the only time Sardis would lead the game, however. Guntersville came roaring back and at the end of the first quarter the Lady Wildcats led 21-4. They went into the locker room with a 38-21 lead.

After the game, the team cut down the net at GHS and celebrated as sub-region champions.

“These girls said they wanted to be cutting nets down at the end of the year and they accomplished that,” Guntersville head coach Kenny Hill said. “I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished this season. Carver is a very good team and we’ll have to play our best to have a shot at beating them.”

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