ALBANY -- Punching a ticket to the playoffs is always nice. Riding into the postseason as a district champion makes things that much sweeter.

The Albany girls were safely playoff-bound well before Thursday night, but they added some nice lagniappe by rolling past Sumner 69-47.

The win gives the Lady Hornets (19-14) the outright District 7-3A championship with a 7-1 record.

The win Thursday took some work, as the Cowgirls (17-7, 5-3) stuck close in the first half and trailed only 29-24.

Hannah Vicknair’s hot hand changed the game’s complexion as she buried three 3-pointers in the third quarter to spark a 40-23 Albany advantage over the final two quarters.

The Lady Hornets’ balance was a strong difference-maker as they pulled away, with Natalie Kelly and Camryn Woods also coming alive – Kelly with six of her 15 points in the second half and Woods with 11 of her team-best 17. Vicknair finished with 13.

Albany was rated No. 6 in the most recent LHSAA unofficial power ratings, which indicates the Lady Hornets will get a home playoff game when the postseason gets rolling on Feb. 16.

ALBANY 69, SUMNER 47

Sumner                12   12   13   10   --   47

Albany                 17   12   23   17   --   69

Sumner (47) -- Amya Brumfield 2 3-4 7, Alacia Brown 7 0-0 19, Laura Fairburn 0 0-0 0, Tykayla Robertson 5 0-0 10, Diamond Brooks 3 0-1 6, Jakeria Norman 1 0-0 3, Nakeah Sims 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 3-5 47.

Albany (69) -- Camryn Woods 7 1-2 17, Hannah Vicknair 5 0-0 13, Mahogany Williams 3 1-2 7, Kiara Johnson 3 2-2 8, Natalie Kelly 6 3-4 15, Bailee Gardiner 1 0-0 2, Tristan Miles 2 0-0 5, Layla D’Fonseca 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 7-10 69.

3-point goals -- Sumner 6 (Brown 5, Norman 1), Albany 6 (Vicknair 3, Woods 2, Williams 1). Total fouls -- Sumner 11, Albany 8. Records: Sumner 17-7, 5-3 District 7-3A; Albany 19-14, 7-1. Up next: Class 3A playoffs, TBD.

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