By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Hewitt-Trussville girls’ basketball team returned to the win column on Tuesday evening following a huge second quarter that propelled the Huskies to a 65-41 victory over visiting Mountain Brook.
The win snaps a two-game losing skid for Hewitt-Trussville, which now sit at 14-6 on the season.
The Huskies were led by yet another dominant performance from Amiya Payne. The junior scored a game-high 32 points.
Hewitt-Trussville opened the first quarter trailing the Spartans by as many as five points, but a strong second quarter led to a 38-19 halftime lead. In that second quarter, the Huskies scored 23 points.
The Spartans were unable to mount a rally in the second half as Hewitt-Trussville cruised to the finish.
The Huskies were helped by Erica Jones’ 9 points and April Hooks’ 7 points.
The Hewitt-Trussville boys’ basketball team, however, could not capitalize on a double-digit second quarter lead as Mountain Brook regrouped and jumped on the Huskies in the second quarter in what became a 83-62 victory for the undefeated Spartans.
The loss overshadowed a strong shooting performance from the Huskies, who hit 10 3-pointers in the game. Cam Glover and Brandon Copeland accounted for seven of those 3-pointers.
The Huskies had led by 13 points, 21-8, six minutes into the game, but Mountain Brook responded with two consecutive 3-pointers from Holt Bashinsky in what became a 10-0 Spartans run to finish the quarter. That run narrowed the Huskies’ lead to three points, 21-18.
Mountain Brook took its first lead of the game midway through the second quarter after a Robert Haley 3-pointer, 31-30, but Hewitt-Trussville was able to keep the Spartans at arm’s length away heading into halftime, 31-30.
The second half quickly devolved for the Huskies as Mountain Brook jumped out to a 47-40 lead four minutes into the third quarter. That lead would have grown had it not been for five consecutive points from Copeland in the waning moments of the third.
Copeland’s hot shooting was not enough for the Huskies as the Spartans pulled away in the final quarter thanks to a porous interior defense from Hewitt-Trussville.
The Huskies were led by Glover’s 21 points and Copeland’s 13 points. Glover hit four 3-points on the night.