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Tanner's Cinderella girls run ends
By Gregg Dewalt
The Decatur Daily

AP Photo/ AL.com, Mark Almond
Tanner's Sydney Houston (right) tries to steal the ball from Prattville Christian's Nicole Hoots during an AHSAA Final 48 Class 2A semifinal high school basketball game at the BJCC in Birmingham, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Prattville Christian won 52-31.

BIRMINGHAM – Tanner’s Cinderella run through the postseason came to an abrupt halt Tuesday morning at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex.

Spoiling the run was No. 2 and unbeaten Prattville Christian Academy, which raced to a big lead and coasted to a 52-31 victory over the Rattlers.

Tanner entered the postseason with a losing record but knocked off a pair of Top 10 teams on the way to a surprising berth in the Class 2A Final Four. But a slew of missed shots and turnovers in the first half put the Rattlers in a 31-8 deficit from which they could not recover.

Tanner got as close as 15 points in the fourth quarter but Kristen Emerson scored on a putback off a missed free throw and on a nice pick-and-roll layup on the next possession to push the margin to 40-20 with five minutes to play.

Emerson, a 6-foot-1 post player who also is Prattville Christian’s best ball handler, once again starred for the Panthers (34-0) with 30 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Kelsey Houston topped Tanner (15-17) with 10 points.

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