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Some things in life are never in doubt. That was the case when host Montgomery Academy crushed Bullock County 74-19 Tuesday night in the opening round of the girls Class 3A, Area 5 Tournament. It was the 16th consecutive win for the high energy Eagles who extended their impressive season record to 26-2.

MA led Bullock County 21-0 before the visitors scored.

It was a typical outing for the Eagles’ Leighton Robertson who tallied 21 points mostly on breakaways or driving to the hoop. Gabby Ramirez shot well from the perimeter as usual and scored 16 points to go along with 5 assists. Madi Caddell had 9 points with 6 rebounds and Sarah Hughes came off the bench to score 6 points. Julia Williams had 5 points and 6 rebounds while Margaret Head snared 8 rebounds and recorded 5 steals.

MA will host Pike Road after their upset win over Saint James. The Eagles walloped Pike Road just last week 74-48 in a regular season game played at the Academy. An Eagles victory will give MA its 12th area title in the last 25 years. The Eagles and Patriots will face off Friday night at 5:30 at Montgomery Academy.

In the other opening round contest underdog Pike Road defeated Saint James 45-33. Saint James scored the first 7 points of the game, but then the Patriots scored 15 in a row to take a sizeable early lead. The teams traded baskets, but Hannah Grace Griggs hit a three point shot just before halftime to give Saint James a 20 - 19 halftime advantage.

Two starters for the Trojans, Ashley White and Mallie Taylor each picked up 3 first half fouls, and neither started the second half. Both seniors would eventually foul out.

In a very streaky game, Pike Road outscored Saint James 12 - 2 in the third quarter, scoring all 12 before Saint James earned their only basket of the quarter to take a 31 - 22 lead. The Patriots extended their lead to 14 at one point in the final quarter, 42 - 28, cruising to victory, despite missing a dozen free throws in the fourth quarter. Saint James finished the season at 19 - 8.

-J.R. Brown contributed to this report

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