Hardy also had six rebounds for Cedar Bluff (14-2), which clinched a berth in the tournament championship on Monday against second-seeded Sand Rock. The title game is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena.
Senior center Tony McGinnis tallied 12 points for the Tigers. Junior point guard Rihied Harris scored 11 points. Senior forward Tyric Scales finished with eight points.
Spring Garden (5-13) was led by sophomore guard Will Penton’s 14 points. Senior guard Andrew Maddox added 12 points.
The Panthers played pretty even with the Tigers in the first quarter, trailing only by a bucket at 13-11. However, Cedar Bluff went on an 18-8 run in the second to take a 31-19 advantage at halftime and blew the game wide open with a 34-10 run in the third quarter to take 65-29 lead.
Spring Garden 66, Gaylesville 44
CENTRE – Spring Garden senior guard Andrew Maddox scored 17 points while freshman center Will Westbrook added 14 points as the Panthers rolled to a 66-44 victory over Gaylesville on Saturday morning.
Sophomore guard Josh Hale finished with nine points for the Panthers (5-12), who advanced to meet top-seeded Cedar Bluff.
Senior forward Trey Jordan led Gaylesville (2-15) with 12 points. Senior guard Clay Joseph added 11 points for the Trojans.
Spring Garden jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 32-15 lead at the half. The Panthers led 48-25 at the end of the third quarter.
Cherokee County 64, Cedar Bluff 24
CENTRE – Cherokee County senior point guard Kaitlyn Griffith posted 17 points, seven steals, three rebounds and a pair of assists to lead the top-seeded Lady Warriors to a 64-24 thrashing of Cedar Bluff on Saturday.
The victory clinched a spot in the Cherokee County Tournament championship, where the Lady Warriors will face second-seeded Spring Garden on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena.
Senior guard Deidra Davis added nine points for the Lady Warriors (16-0). Senior forward Kaitlyn Stokes and junior forward Hannah Welsh both contributed eight points. Stokes also had five rebounds and four steals. Welsh came away with six boards.
Sophomore forward Hannah Leach led Cedar Bluff (8-9) with 12 points.
Despite the lopsided score, the Lady Tigers held their own with Cherokee County in the first quarter, trailing by a 10-9 margin. The Lady Warriors then went on a 19-4 run in the second quarter to take a 29-13 lead at halftime. An 18-6 run in the third pushed Cherokee County’s lead to 47-19 at the end of the third quarter.
Cedar Bluff 56, Gaylesville 14
CENTRE – Cedar Bluff sophomore forward Audrianna Harguitt led all scorers with 16 points, added three rebounds and had an assist to lift Cedar Bluff to a 56-14 victory over Gaylesville on Saturday morning.
Freshman guard Katie McGinnis added 12 points, five rebounds and an assist for the Lady Tigers (8-8).
Sophomore forward Hannah Leach netted 11 points and came away with three assists. Junior forward Briana McElrath had seven points and eight boards while senior guard Lindsey Lambert finished with six points and seven rebounds for Cedar Bluff, which advanced to meet top-seeded Cherokee County.
Sophomore guard Abbi Madison and junior guard Tiffany Epps led the Lady Trojans with four points apiece.
Cedar Bluff jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 25-7 advantage at the half. The Lady Tigers cruised to a 51-9 at the end of three quarters.
Junior Varsity Boys
Cherokee County 43, Sand Rock 41 (2 OT)
CENTRE – Cherokee County freshman Wade Griffith sank a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining, providing the margin of victory in a 43-41 win over Sand Rock in double overtime on Saturday.
Sand Rock had a chance to win the game, but Dusty Owens’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short of the mark.
Griffith led all scorers with 20 points. Josh Higgins added eight points for the Warriors.
Owens and Holden Wallin led Sand Rock with 13 points apiece. Dakota Mabry finished with seven points.
Cherokee County had a 23-14 lead the break, but the Wildcats stormed back in the second half to force the extra periods. The game was tied at 37 at the end of regulation and 39 at the end of the first overtime.
The Warriors advance to Monday’s championship, where they will clash with top-seeded Spring Garden at 4 p.m. at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena.
Spring Garden 45, Cedar Bluff 26
CENTRE – Spring Garden sophomore Logan Whorton netted a game-high 20 points to lead the top-seeded Panthers to a 45-26 victory over Cedar Bluff on Saturday.
Jacob Black added 12 points for the Panthers. Kyle Reece finished with five points.
Sophomore Curtis Abernathy led the Tigers with nine points. C.J. Gilreath added eight and Greg Leach finished with six points.
The Panthers led throughout the contest. They held a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 25-14 advantage at halftime. That lead swelled to 39-18 at the end of three quarters.
Spring Garden will take on Cherokee County for the junior varsity boys title on Monday at 4 p.m.
Cedar Bluff 41, Gaylesville 26
CENTRE – Sophomore C.J. Gilreath scored 11 points to lead Cedar Bluff to a 41-26 victory over Gaylesville on Saturday.
Nick Combs came away with nine points for the Tigers. Curtis Abernathy added seven points. Greg Leach and Ty Storrey both finished with six points.
Gable Lawson led Gaylesville with 11 points. Cole Murphy added six points and Dylan Cavin finished with five points.
Gaylesville held a 16-10 lead at the half before the Tigers roared out in front 26-18 at the end of the third quarter. Cedar Bluff went on a 15-8 run in the fourth for the final.