After spending the afternoon watching “Glory Road,” a movie about Texas Western’s upset 1966 NCAA champions, the Wildcats pulled off their own surprise by winning at Glencoe 63-59 in the 3A sub-regionals.
Saks (9-14) will face Holly Pond, a 60-55 winner over Pisgah, in the Northeast Regional on Thursday at noon.
The young Wildcats got 32 points from freshman Maiya Northard, while eighth-grader Miracle Dennard added 11 points and five steals. Sophomore Daja Johnson had nine points and 10 assists.
For Glencoe (15-10), Sally Tinker had 23 points and nine rebounds. Jessica Rathje had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Kaileigh Billingsley added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Class 2A girls
Lanett 68, Ranburne 53: Ranburne couldn’t overcome a 44-20 halftime deficit. Indiana Morgan finished with 16 points, making 10 of 15 foul shots. Jesse Ralston added 14 points, and Hali Wilson had 10 points and six rebounds.
Miracle Mayo had 26 points for Lanett.
Woodland 84, LaFayette 21: Leah Strain led Woodland with 24 points, while Adre Bowen added 17 points. Shayln Strain had 14 and Shanna Strain 11 for Woodland (30-1).
Class 1A boys
Spring Garden 51, Jefferson Christian 48: At Irondale, the Panthers had a 40-29 cushion after three quarters and needed every bit of it to hold off Jefferson Christian late.
Senior Will Westbrook made one of two free throws with seven seconds left to make it a three-point game.The Eagles’ final 3-point attempt came up short. Jacob Black led Spring Garden (14-13) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Will Ivey had 13 points and four assists. Westbrook ended with 11 points and eight rebounds, and Jay Prater had eight points and eight boards.
Class 1A girls
Skyline 80, Faith Christian 30: Madison Stephens had 11 points for Faith.