3 things we learned from Tuscaloosa County at Central basketball

Sam Thornton
The Tuscaloosa News
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Tuscaloosa County and Central split a boys/girls basketball doubleheader Thursday night. The Lady Falcons advanced to 14-3 on the season after defeating the Lady Wildcats, 62-48. The Tuscaloosa County boys advanced to 16-8 after handling Central, 53-33. 

Here are three things we learned: 

Aja Wiltshire is a spark plug for Central 

Lady Falcons guard Aja Wiltshire scored a game-high 24 points in the win over Tuscaloosa County. Ten of Wiltshire's points came from the free-throw line. What doesn't show up in the statistics sheet is Wiltshire's vocal leadership on the floor and multiple hustle plays on the ball. 

"A lot of my teammates look up to me. I know if they see me hustling and working hard, they will do the same thing as me. My play is a reflection on them," Wiltshire said.

Central is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A

Central's Aja Wiltshire (2) dribbles down the sideline. Central women's and men's basketball hosted Tuscaloosa County High on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. [Photo/Hannah Saad]

Bryson Hall is a presence in the paint for the Wildcats

Although Tuscaloosa County forward Bryson Hall only had six points, his 6-foot-6 frame is the anchor for this Wildcats team. Hall checked out of the first half with just over three minutes remaining. In his absence, Central proceeded to close the half on a 7-0 run, cutting the lead to single digits. 

Tuscaloosa County can spread the floor on offense

Each offensive possession the Wildcats resulted in at least three passes before a shot attempt. Spacing the floor and staying patient with the ball led to open shots for the Tuscaloosa County boys. 

"This team has done a great job of growing the whole year. They've become more patient and comfortable setting up plays as we saw tonight," said coach Curt Weeks. 

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