8th-grade girls county champs

The Albertville eighth-grade girls basketball team took home the Marshall County Tournament championship. Team members are front row, from left, Saydi Rutledge, Caroline Thomas, Belle Trammell, Anna Marie Mann and Mackenzie Whitten; back row, from left, assistant coaches Matt Jackson and Emily Jackson, Elaina Collins, Makenzie Paschal, Becca Corbitt, Riley Turner, Krystal Garcia, head coach Lauren Wood and assistant coach Katie Battles. Not pictured is Evie Smart.

The Albertville eighth-grade girls basketball team upset the top two seeds as it marched to the 2018 Marshall County Middle School Tournament championship.

Albertville Middle School served as the tournament host. Games took place at AMS and Albertville High School.

No. 3 seed Albertville whipped No. 6 seed Douglas 36-10 in the quarterfinals.

Evie Smart paced Albertville’s attack with 10 points. Caroline Thomas tossed in nine, Belle Trammell six, Makenzie Paschal and Saydi Rutledge both four, Krystal Garcia two and Becca Corbitt one.

The Aggies upended No. 2 seed DAR 31-26 in the semifinals.

Smart’s 14 points led Albertville. Trammell followed her with nine. Paschal added four, Thomas three and Elaina Collins one.

“The girls battled hard this game after being beaten by DAR twice in the regular season,” Albertville head coach Lauren Wood said. “I was so proud of their heart this game.”

In the finals, the Aggies upset No. 1 seed and archrival Boaz 28-21.

The Aggies were in front 8-2, 13-10 and 21-18 at the rest stops.

Trammell’s 12 points topped Albertville. Thomas scored nine, Collins three and Rutledge and Paschal both two.

“With Evie out sick we had to make some adjustments, but the girls did great and fought to the very end,” Wood said.

Smart missed the game because she had the flu.

Raegan Smith led Boaz with seven points. Jesslyn Bobo and Emma Smith contributed four each.

“These girls were a blast to coach,” Wood said. “The heart and determination the girls had made this team. Teamwork from start to end. I am so proud of them.”

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