Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Hillcrest Sinks Selma for Area Crown

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Hillcrest Sinks Selma for Area Crown

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Hillcrest High School's Cierria Cunningham stood with her toes at the foul line as she sank two free throws with 15.5 seconds remaining in the game. Cunningham was fouled again 14 seconds later and scored one more point to secure the Patriot's, 54-44, victory over Selma High School to be named the Class 6A, Area 6 champions.

"I was just thinking, we were about to win area," Cunningham said. "We never gave up. We had to work harder than them."

Cunningham was named the Most Valuable Player and was Hillcrest's leading scorer with 19 points. She also had four rebounds and four steals.

"It means a lot," Cunningham said. "They put up a fight and we put up a fight. It was a very aggressive game."

The game was even, 22-22, at halftime but the Patriots wore down Selma, outscoring the Saints 14-6 in the third period. …

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