E.A. Sports Today

Indians’ double trouble

Girls roundup: Ohatchee, Piedmont, Oxford win; vote in new poll

By East Alabama Sports Today

HEFLIN – Chances are when Joria Steger posts a double-double, the Ohatchee girls basketball team is going to win. Put a big night from Morgan Lee with it and the Indians are just about a lock.

That was the case Saturday as the Indians got big games from their two stars and overtook Faith Christian 60-27 in the Cleburne County Holiday Invitational.

Steger went for 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Lee scored 16. More than a dozen of Steger’s rebounds were of the offensive variety, off which she scored 10 of her points.

“She just has a knack for seeing where the ball is going to go,” Ohatchee girls coach Bryant Ginn said. “Morgan is a do-it-all guard and Joria is there to clean everything else up. I think Morgan has a lot of confidence in Joria that if I miss she’ll get the rebound. It’s kind of like if she gets a double-double, we’re winning.”

Steger scored 10 in the first quarter as the Indians (11-4) opened an 18-9 lead.

“It’s hard to guard both of them,” Faith coach Bradley Dawson said.

Madison Stephens had 17 of Faith’s points. Seven of the Lions’ eight field goals came from 3-point territory.

(Cover photo: Joria Steger (24) outlets a pass in an earlier game with Faith Christian.)

Piedmont 37, Lumpkin County 30

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Bre Green and Carlie Flowers both scored seven points in a 22-point fourth quarter as the Bulldogs came to life and pulled away in their Battle of the States opener.

All seven of Green’s fourth-quarter points came from the free throw line, including four late in the game to keep the Bulldogs (12-2) out front, and she finished with 17 points. Flowers had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Keshauna Jones had five steals.

Until the breakaway fourth, the game was politely described as a defensive battle that left Piedmont coach Terrace Ridley looking deep for motivation. The Bulldogs led only 9-8 at halftime.

“I had to give them one of my little threats,” Ridley said. “I told them it’s been a sloppy game and I know we’ve had a break, but after this game we’ll go back (to Piedmont) to get some practice time in; I’ve got to get some sweat out of them somehow. They knew I had done that before.”

Oxford 54, White Plains 44

GLENCOE – Jordan Smith scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the second half when the Yellow Jackets pulled away and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Glencoe Holiday Shootout.

The Jackets opened a 10-point first-quarter lead, but White Plains stormed back to make it a one-point game at halftime. Oxford held the Wildcats to six points in the third quarter to regain a comfortable margin and pulled away in the fourth.

Ebony Kelly had six points and six rebounds for Oxford. Winter Taylor scored only two points, but had four steals and five rebounds.

Shelby Wood scored seven of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter when the Wildcats rallied. Carly Wood added 12 points .

GIRLS BOX SCORES

Oxford 54, White Plains 44

OXFORD (4-6) — Anna Bolton 0-3 0-2 0, Makayla Kidd 2-4 1-2 6, Winter Taylor 0-4 2-4 2, Makayla Lowery 2-4 0-0 4, Tremeria Britt 2-3 3-5 8, Ebony Kelly 3-7 0-3 6, Alex Gomez 1-3 0-0 2, Jordan Smith 9-24 4-7 21
Alexus Davis 2-7 0-0 4, Grace Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 10-23 54.

WHITE PLAINS – Rian Chandler 0 0-0 0, Carly Wood 5 2-6 12, Hannan Barno 1 0-1 2, Korie Burgess 0 0-0 0, Chasity Nelson 1 3-6 5, Amber Greenwood 1 7-10 9, Grey Young 0 0-0 0, Shelby Wood 6 2-3 16, Landry Bussey 0 0-0 0, Mary Clare Young 0 0-0 0, Halaya Harmon 0 0-0 0, Jocelyn Harris 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 14-28 44.

Oxford 14 11 10 19 — 54
White Plains 4 20 6 14 — 44

3-point goals: Oxford 1 (Kidd); White Plains 2 (S. Wood 2). Total fouls: Oxford 22, White Plains 21.

Ohatchee 60, Faith Christian 27

OHATCHEE (11-4) – Kacie Cooper 0 0-0 0, Courtney Poole 4 0-0 8, Hannah Howell 1 0-0 2, Morgan Lee 4 7-8 16, Peyton Steinberg 1 0-0 3, Ally McCoy 0 0-0 0, MacKenzie Hanks 2 0-0 6, Madison Hanks 3 1-4 7, Joria Steger 7 0-0 14, Faith Walker 1 0-0 2, Cheyenne McCarter 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 8-12 60.

FAITH CHRISTIAN – Logan Boyd 0 0-0 0, Sarah Kate McVeigh 0 0-0 0, Emily Sills 1 1-2 3, Madison Stephens 5 3-4 17, Elizabeth McCullough 1 0-0 3, Regan Crosby 1 0-0 3. Totals 8 4-6 27.

Ohatchee 18 19 23 0 — 60
Faith Christian 9 8 4 6 — 27

3-point goals: Ohatchee 4 (Lee, Steinberg, Mac. Hanks 2); Faith Christian 7 (Sills, Stephens 4, McCullough, Crosby). Total fouls: Ohatchee 11, Faith Christ

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