The Boaz varsity girls basketball team wrapped up the regular-season Class 5A, Area 13 championship and the right to host the Area 13 Tournament with a pair of victories last week.

On Jan. 7, the Lady Pirates sailed to a 52-25 decision at Crossville. They led 16-11, 26-15 and 44-23 at the rest stops.

Ten Boaz players found the scoring column, paced by Lilly Beth Morrison and Savannah Wood with eight points each.

Gracie Duncan and Emily McDuffie both scored seven, Taylor Rutledge six, Emma Smith five, Maleah Collins four, Jenna Pierce three and Katie Long and Madalyn Droze both two.

Marisa Hunt topped Crossville’s offense with nine points.

Riley Jones, Hailey Haston and Keyston Henderson all scored four and Kinsley Henderson two.

Friday night at Pirate Gymnasium, the Lady Pirates (11-9, 5-0) upended Douglas 48-37 behind 14 points from Morrison and 13 from McDuffie.

Boaz owned leads of 14-9, 25-12 and 38-18 at the rest stops.

Droze chipped in six points, Long five, Smith and Duncan four each and Collins two.

Camille Thompson’s 12 points led Douglas (8-8, 3-3). Bri Walls followed her with 11.

Tori Rojek and Maycee Mahan netted four each and Anna Carol Matthews, Giselle Andablo and Carlie Camp all two.

VARSITY BOYS

Boaz 44, Douglas 39: The Pirates erased a nine-point first-quarter deficit to storm back for a crucial win in the 5A, Area 13 standings.

Boaz improved to 8-13 overall and 4-1 in the area race. The Pirates need a victory over Sardis on Jan. 28 to clinch the right to host the area tournament.

The loss denied Douglas (8-11, 4-2) the regular-season Area 13 title.

Boaz trailed 21-12 after a quarter, but outscored the Eagles 11-2 in the second period to force a 23-23 tie at intermission. The Pirates pulled ahead 32-30 at the last break.

Keaton Kennedy and Gael Vazquez each tossed in nine points, leading Boaz’s attack.

Judd Ferguson and Chadan Hamilton had seven each, Carson Chamblee and Logan Walls both five and Nick Williams two.

The Eagles’ Raygan Edmondson led all scorers with 15.

Daniel DeArmas netted 14, Dylan Sanders seven and Jansen Rogers three.

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