Collinsville finds itself on the edge of history as their girls basketball team heads to it’s first ever 2A State Championship, following a 52-39 win on Monday.
The #1 Lady Panthers (28-3) found huge help through the first half when they went 7-for-11 from the 3 point line, countering runs from #3 G.W. Long (26-6) that saw the Collinsville lead dwindle to as low as 1 point during a few moments in the 2nd period. While the 3 pointer went cold for the C’ville went cold in the 2nd half, the fundamentals instilled in them by Coach Jon Tidmore got them through the hard parts of the contest and put them through with a W.
Senior star Brittany Rivera led the charge for Collinsville, finishing a team high 12 points, which included a perfect 5-5 shooting and 2-2 from 3, team-high 3 steals, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist; other top players for the Lady Panthers were junior Hadley Hamilton with 10 points, and team-high 9 rebounds and 4 assists, and freshman Tyla Tatum with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal. For G.W. Long, Makenna Long finished with a team-high 17 points, 3 rebounds, team-high 2 assists, and team-high 3 steals; Mary Beth Long had 8 points, team-high 6 rebounds, and 2 steals, and Emma Claire Long had 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.
Collinsville advances to the 2A Girls State Championship game, vying for their first state championship in school girls basketball history. They will play Friday, February 28th at 9am from the BJCC Legacy Arena in Birmingham. G.W. Long, one of the most historically impressive girls athletic programs not just in the state but in the nation with the records they break on a regular basis, have their basketball season come to an end.
COLLINSVILLE POST-GAME PRESSER
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