The Hubbertville girls basketball team opened the 2020-21 season on Monday, Nov. 23 with a 53-40 home win over the Brilliant Lady Tigers. Brilliant led by three points at the close of the first quarter, but the Lady Lions held a four point lead at halftime and pulled away in the second half to secure the win. Laikyn Wright led Hubbertville in scoring with 17 points and tied for the lead in rebounds with seven. Kaylee Dunn scored 13 points and also had seven rebounds.
The Lions traveled to Pickens County on Friday night, closing out the 2020 season with a loss at the hands of the Tornadoes. Pickens County won the coin toss and following Taylor Hubbert’s kick, the Tornadoes started from its 42-yard line. The Lions’ defense stood strong, holding the Tornadoes on the opening possession with stops in the backfield by Grayson Sullivan, Alex Barnes, and Colby Tidwell. Facing fourth down and 12, Xerrance Washington’s punt rolled out of bounds at the Lions’ 43-yard line.
Advancing to the first round of the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season, the Lions traveled to Cherokee County to face-off against the Cedar Bluff Tigers. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive the opening kickoff, with Austin Berryhill making the reception at the Hubbertville 41-yard line.
Traveling to Lynn on Thursday night, Hubbertville closed out its regular season play with a Region 6 matchup against the Bears. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive the opening kickoff, with T.J. Keeton back deep for the reception. Chance Majors’ kick was recovered at the Bears’ 49-yard line by Jarrett Benton.
The Hubbertville Lions continued in Region 6 play on Friday night, hosting the Marion County Red Raiders. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive the opening kick. Seth Knight’s kick came to a rolling halt at the 13-yard line, setting quarterback Gage Key and his offensive front up for the opening possession.
Hubbertville continued its winning ways on Thursday night, winning an all out cat fight with the Brilliant Tigers by the score of 40-33. The Lions won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. Kade Bryant’s kick was recovered by T.J. Keeton, setting the Lions’ offensive front up for its first possession of the game. Utilizing runs by Gage Key and Gage Alexander, the Lions advanced the ball across midfield to the Tigers’ 42-yard line.
Hubbertville School and Fayette County High School each celebrated their homecomings last week. Many festivities were held on each campus for the students during the week, while each school had pep rally type activities for the public last Thursday night. Fayette County High School held its annual homecoming parade on Friday, and each school had homecoming games Friday night.
Celebrating homecoming on Friday night, the Lions welcomed the South Lamar Stallions to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Hubbertville won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick with Gage Alexander, Gage Key and Taylor Hubbert back to receive. Austin Berryhill made the reception at the 41-yard line, setting Hubbertville up with its opening possession. Wasting little time moving the ball across midfield on runs by Gage Key and Alexander, the Lions advanced the ball into the Stallions’ red zone.
Hubbertville School and Fayette County High School will each celebrate homecoming festivities this week. Hubbertville’s students will celebrate “Decade Day” on Wednesday, Class T-Shirt Day on Thursday, and Spirit Day on Friday. There will be a Homecoming Pep Rally at the football stadium on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30. The homecoming court will be introduced at the pep rally.