Sedlock scored on a putback to pull Fayetteville to within 11 points, 45-34, at the 5:40 mark of the final quarter. St. Marys responded, however, by going on a 5-0 spurt — featuring three free throws from Hall and two freebies from Kendra Walker — to move into a commanding 50-34 cushion at the 5:09 mark.
Hall and Walker produced double-doubles to lead St. Marys, which will play Tucker County today in the semifinals. Hall had a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Walker finished with 17 points and 13 boards. Mikaela Britton added 13 points.
Fayetteville admittedly focused its defense on containing the 6-foot-4 Walker inside.
“We held her in check until garbage time,” Kincaid said. “No. 10 (Hall) is a good ball player. She earned everything she got.”
Fayetteville was led by Pritt’s 12 points and seven boards. Malay contributed 10 points and four blocked shots, and Sedlock chipped in eight points and six rebounds.
“I’m proud of my kids; they played hard,” said Kincaid. “The game was a little closer than the score indicated.
“Lots of times we don’t seem to get the respect we deserve, so I told them to go earn it, and .. I think we earned some respect.”
“I’m disappointed we didn’t come out hungrier than we did,” said St. Marys coach Howard Meeks. “That was a great team that came at us.
“The whole quality of Class A basketball keeps growing. There were some nice players on both sides.”
— E-mail: email@example.com