For all the talk of Alabama signee Herb Jones, Hale County’s Final Four has been all about Kaddell “KD” Perry.
Perry lit Legacy Arena up with a 31-point night in the Wildcats’ 67-56 win over Monroe County, bringing a state basketball title to Moundville for the first time. The School’s only other appearance was a loss to D.A.R. in 1965.
Hale County never trailed in this game, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nerve-wracking. Monroe County fought back a 10-point Wildcat lead to two and a 12-point lead to four, both in the third quarter. Once the fourth quarter came however there was no turning back. What started the quarter as a six-point Hale County lead grew to be a 16-point advantage with 52 seconds left, at which point there was no doubt who would leave with the blue map trophy.
DeAndre Robinson fought to keep his Tigers in it with a game-high 34 points on 13-of-25 shooting. Jhacques Gulley chipped in 11 for Monroe County but fouled out after 24 minutes on the floor. No other Tiger scored more than five. Along with Perry, Jones finished with 16 points going 5-for-18 with 11 rebounds. Chris Rollins added 14 of his own shooting 6-for-7.