FLORETTE — When No. 1 played No. 1 at Brewer High on Monday night, a small moment in pregame warmups helped decide this one.
That's when Brewer girls basketball coach Ricky Allen saw his 5-foot-11 junior, Savanna Flack, nail five straight practice 3-pointers from the left side of the court. Then when she slid over to the right side, she missed four in a row.
Allen didn't need smiley faces on his math tests growing up to figure he should tell Flack, "Go to your left tonight."
Flack made four 3-pointers and poured in 20 points as Class 5A No. 1 Brewer beat 4A No. 1 Oneonta 57-43.
"She's getting more and more consistent," Allen said. "She's stepping up, and she's beginning to learn she can play with big-time people."
Allen said her most impressive shot came after she made those four 3-pointers. Oneonta, coached by former North Alabama standout Amber Deline, worked to deny Flack her comfortable spot behind the arc. So she dribbled past her defender, stopped and sank a 10-footer — a play she didn't always attempt in the past.
"When we come down (on offense), Coach Allen says I should set up and direct the guards to where they should go," said Brewer post player Riley Northway, who had 18 points and 22 rebounds. "I'm always saying, ‘Give it to Savana, give it to Savana.' Not only is she a good shooter, but she always makes good entry passes to me. I think Savana needs to touch the ball on every play."
Brewer trailed only once against Oneonta, falling behind 15-14 late in the second quarter. But Emily Oden made a driving jumper, then followed with a 3-pointer. Flack made a trey, and Brewer led 21-15 going into halftime.
Brewer (20-1) also got five points and seven assists from senior point guard Rheagan Harvel and seven points and seven rebounds from Malerie Drinkard. Oneonta (17-2) got 22 points from Destiny Elliott, including 17 in the second half.
Despite giving up a slight size advantage inside, disciplined Oneonta provided Brewer a real test in rebounding. Brewer won with 40 rebounds to Oneonta's 36, and to Flack and Northway, that statistic might hold the most significance.
"This helps so much," Flack said. "We don't play a lot of teams that rebound like they do. Oneonta is a great rebounding team, and it's good for us to play somebody like them."
Hartselle 51, Priceville 39: Quanesha Burks and Riley Terry each scored 10 points for Hartselle girls basketball against Priceville, helping the Tigers grasp the lead early and notch a third consecutive win.
"I feel like we're playing a lot better right now," Tigers' coach Gary Orr said.
At halftime, Hartselle led 24-13.
A number of scorers helped Hartselle (12-7) maintain a 10-point cushion through the final three quarters. Allie Roden and Jessica Matthews added eight points each, while Shaneal Johnson added five, and Kaylee Shelton and Melissa Paulhill contributed four points apiece. Alice Anne Glasgow scored two.
For Priceville, Jada Beverly led all scorers with 19 points, while Mackenzie Parker and Emilee Cunningham added nine points each. Kayla Lucas scored two.
With the season winding down, the Tigers' post season performance has Orr's hopes up.
"I feel like we can have a good finish," he said.
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