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Thorsby girls take area championship

Thorsby's Marisa Jones races past a Vincent defender in a win over the Yellow Jackets in the AHSAA Class 2A, Area 9 championship game.

Thorsby’s Marisa Jones races past a Vincent defender in a win over the Yellow Jackets in the AHSAA Class 2A, Area 9 championship game.

The Thorsby Rebels girls basketball team captured the AHSAA Class 2A, Area 9 tournament championship with an absolutely dominating performance, defeating Vincent 59-42 at home Feb. 6.

The Rebels opened up with a 17-8 run, capped off by a Sabrina Ellison basket to end the first quarter with a nine-point lead.

The Rebels picked up where they left off to begin the second quarter, with Keri Robinson kicking off the quarter with a basket and added a three-pointer before Ellison added a basket to extend the lead to 24-8.

The two squads battled back and forth, with Vincent closing the gap to 26-14 with 3:35 left before half.

Lilly Barnett hit a free throw, which was answered by a pair from the Yellow Jackets before Robinson hit two of her own.

Robinson then added another basket, with Barnett closing out the half with a pair of free throws to send the two teams to the locker room for halftime with the score 33-17 in favor of the Rebels

Adison Argent got the second half started with a basket, which kicked off a 10-2 run to open the quarter. Robinson, Ellison and Marisa Jones all added baskets to give the Rebels a 43-19 lead with under 5:30 to go in the third.

After a free throw and basket by Vincent, Robinson hit a pair of free throws to put the Rebels up, 45-22, with 3:30 left to go in the quarter.

The Rebels closed with a 7-3 run to take a 52-25 lead into the final quarter of play.

Vincent opened with a 4-0 run before a Barnett free throw stopped the run, with Argent adding a basket to give the Rebels a 55-29 lead.

Argent sank a free throw with 4:35 left in the contest, and while the Jackets made a 13-0 run late in the quarter, a basket by Robinson with 15 seconds left sealed a 59-42 win and the area title.

“I thought Keri Robinson was just outstanding,” head coach Ab Argent said. “She kind of carried us. We were pretty good defensively, and it was just a hard-fought game.”

Robinson led the Rebels with 32 points, while Ellison had 10.