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Plainview girls basketball punch ticket to AHSAA Final Four with win over Susan Moore

JACKSONVILLE − Plainview girls basketball is going to Birmingham.

The Bears beat Susan Moore 63-55 in the AHSAA Class 3A girls northeast regional final to advance to the Final Four. Plainview led by five going into the final quarter, but the Bulldogs kept it close to the end.

The Bears (30-5) will play at noon Tuesday against Cottage Hill at Legacy Arena.

Plainview controlled the first half of the game, even when Susan Moore tried to make a run, and got the game within five multiple times.

But the Bears always seemed to have a response and led by eight at the half after shooting 50% from the field and holding the Bulldogs to 39%. Coming out of the half was a different story, the Bulldogs went on a 11-3 run that tied the game.

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The Bears were led by Kami Sanders with 23 points followed by Lauren Jimmerson with 16 and Sawyer Kate Hulgan with 15 points.

The Bulldogs were again led by Lani Smallwood who had 19 points, including 14 in the first half, but was limited from midway through the third when she picked up her fourth foul. Cesa Hernandez and Mallorie Holland had 13 points with Mylie Butler scoring 10.

The Bulldogs see the end of another great season after sweeping their area and going 25-5.

Maxwell Donaldson covers high school sports and Jacksonville State athletics for the Gadsden Times. Find him on Twitter/X @_Max_Donaldson and contact him at MDonaldson@gannett.com.

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