Brewbaker’s Allia Grant (1) embraces Brewbaker’s Charlisa Wellington (20) after winning the AHSAA Class 5A South Regional Championship by defeating Vigor 63-48 at the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
DOTHAN – The last three times Brewbaker Tech traveled to Dothan for regional play, it ended in heartbreak.
This time, it ended in celebration.
Brew Tech jumped ahead on Vigor with a dominant third quarter and went on to win 63-48 to claim the Class 5A South Regional championship in the Dothan Civic Center on Wednesday.
“It feels excellent. There’s nothing you can just say, like a word that can describe it. But we just did something different, and we wanted it all,” sophomore forward Charlisa Wellington said. “We came out as a team. Not individually, as a whole.”
The Rams are headed back to state for the first time since their 2011 state championship and hope to leave Birmingham the same as last time.
“It feels wonderful, but this is just the beginning,” Rams coach Cynthia Thompson said. “We still have games to worry about in Birmingham so that’s going to be our focus.”
After taking an early 14-4 lead, the Rams found themselves tied 32-32 at the half. An 18-6 advantage in the third quarter broke the game open.
“We just came out at the beginning of the second half, we played harder,” sophomore guard Bianca Jackson said. “In the locker room. we talked about we need to play harder as a team, we need to box out, rebound, get back on defense, and we did all of those things and it helped us in the third quarter.”
Jackson was named the tournament MVP. She had 20 points, four rebounds and two assists in the finals. Wellington led the Rams with 24 points and six rebounds, going 9-for-11 from the foul line.
Thanks to Michaia Fluellen’s 10 points and 16 rebounds, the Rams held a 12-rebound advantage and grabbed 17 offensive boards.
The Rams will play the winner between Anniston and Springville (11 a.m. Thursday) in the state semifinals in Birmingham next Wednesday.
Fluellen said the recipe for success at state is simple.
“Just keep playing together and keep the intensity up,” she said.