By Erik Harris, sports editor
A pair of Tribune-area basketball teams scored tournament wins on Friday night.
In the annual Big Orange Classic at Hoover High School, senior wing Amiya Payne became the first player in Hewitt-Trussville girls basketball history to reach 2,000 career points. Payne reached the mark during a 58-52 win over Eufaula on Friday night.
Payne led the way with 24 points and eight rebounds as her second-ranked Huskies improved to 13-0 on the year. Point guard Jordan Hunter added 12 points and five boards in the win.
The Clay-Chalkville boys have punched their ticket to the Oak Mountain Invitational championship game thanks to a Friday-night win over the host Eagles.
Donovan Shangase and Jonathan Harris led the Cougars (5-2) with 11 points apiece as they pulled away with an impressive 56-39 win. Clay-Chalkville will take on Spain Park, who took Pleasant Grove 61-53 in the semifinals, in the championship game Saturday.
On its way to the tournament finals, Clay-Chalkville earned wins over Southside-Gadsden (56-40) and Oak Mountain (56-39).