E.A. Sports Today

J’ville falls in DAR final

Girls roundup includes Oxford, White Plains, Anniston, Weaver, Spring Garden

By East Alabama Sports Today

GRANT – Fourth-ranked Jacksonville struggled to get its outside shot to drop Tuesday and suffered only its second loss of the season, falling to No. 10 Madison County 45-42 in the championship game of the DAR Lady Patriots Championship.

The Golden Eagles were only 3 of 24 from 3-point range and at one point in the third quarter was just 1 for 17. Madison County was 10-of-26 from beyond the arc.

Sierra Stone had another big game for Jacksonville, scoring 19 points and grabbing 23 rebounds. Dasia Kirksey had six points and 11 rebounds.

In three tournament games Stone scored 49 points and grabbed 48 rebounds.

Madison County’s Madison Baggett led all scorers with 23 points. Taylor Jennings had 15.

A free throw by Stone tied the game at 42 with just under four minutes to play, but Baggett quickly put the 5A Tigers back in front.

The Golden Eagles had several chances to retie or take the lead after that , but just couldn’t convert. Kirksey launched a potential game-tying 3-pointer inside 10 seconds, but like most of the others on the day, it missed the mark.

Oxford 41, Glencoe 38 (OT)

GLENCOE – Winter Taylor scored five points in overtime – all from the free throw line – as Oxford rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat the host school in the Glencoe Round-Robin.

The Yellow Jackets trailed 15-5 in the first quarter, but battled back and forced overtime on Tremeria Britt’s buzzer-beating layup. The bucket came after Jordan Smith rebounded a missed free throw with seven seconds left and got it out to Taylor, who pushed it to Britt.

Taylor was 5-of-8 from the line in overtime and finished with a team-high 11 points. Britt and Kayla Lowery both added 10 points. Ebony Kelley grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

White Plains 46, Alexandria 44

GLENCOE – Shelby Wood hit two free throws late in the fourth quarter to give White Plains a four-point lead and they Wildcats held off a last-ditch rally by the Valley Cubs.

The Wildcats got off to a fast start, outscoring the Valley Cubs 23-15 behind 15 points from Amber Greenwood, but they were held to only a Greenwood field goal in the second quarter and trailed at the break. Timberlyn Shurbutt had eight of her 13 points in the second quarter to fuel Alexandria’s rally.

Greenwood led all scorers with 27 points. Wood finished with 11. Shurbutt led three Alexandria scorers in double figures with 13. Connieya Bradford had 12 and Shelby Lowry added 10.

Anniston 43, Minor 35

BIRMINGHAM – Miajah Bullock and Raven Cooley each scored 10 points as the Lady Bulldogs picked up a win in the Ramsay Christmas Tournament.

Bullock also had four rebounds and two steals, while Cooley had four steals and three assists. Carlina Welch added eight points. The Bulldogs play Parker today at 9 a.m.

Rockmart (Ga.) 49, Weaver 44

TALLAPOOSA, Ga. – Weaver played its best game of the season and was tied late in the fourth quarter but could close and fell short in the 39th annual Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational.

Rayne Beck’s 3-pointer tied the game at 44, but the Bearcats turned it over on their next possession and it jump-started a 5-0 close by Rockmart that proved the difference.

“We shot the ball well, the best we did all year,” Weaver coach Gary Atchley said. “After we got beat Saturday we came home and practiced Monday and did every shooting drill I could think of. … We’re so young, but we’re starting to understand how to play basketball.”

Weaver’s Mariah Thompson led all scorers with 21 points. Keara Scott had 11, Beck finished with eight and eighth-grader Caleigh Cortez – making her first start – added six.

“I think we played to the best of our ability and pushed ourselves,” Thompson said. “I really think I pushed myself to do what I had to do for my team.”

Spring Garden 54, Haralson County 32

TALLAPOOSA, Ga. – Tournament MVP Tykean Rogers scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Savannah Dempsey hit six 3-pointers as fourth-ranked (1A) Spring Garden defeated the host school to win the 39th annual Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational.

Dempsey was 6-of-8 from behind the arc, finished with 18 points and joined Rogers on the all-tournament team.

GIRLS BOX SCORES

White Plains 46, Alexandria 44

WHITE PLAINS — Rian Chandler 2 0-0 4, Carly Wood 0 0-0 0, Hannah Barno 0 0-0 0, Korie Burgess 2 0-0 4, Ann-Katherine Dothard 0 0-0 0, Chasity Nelson 0 0-2 0,Amber Greenwood 12 2-6 27, Grey Young 0 0-0 0
Shelby Wood 3 5-6 11, Landry Bussey 0 0-2 0, Mary Clare Young 0 0-0 0, Halaya Harmon 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-16 46.

ALEXANDRIA — Kaitlyn Brown 4 1-2 9, Connieya Bradford 6 0-0 12, Tamera Prince 0 0-0 0, Molly Parker 0 0-0 0, Allison Bonds 0 0-0 0, Jaycee Cooper 0 0-0 0, Timberlyn Shurbutt 3 5-6 13, Shelby Lowry 3 4-6 10. Totals 16 10-14 44.

White Plains 23 2 10 11 — 46
Alexandria 15 12 7 10 — 44

3-point goals: White Plains 1 (Greenwood), Alexandria 2 (Shurbutt 2). Total fouls: White Plains 17, Alexandria 19. Fouled out: Brown.

Oxford 41, Glencoe 38 (OT)

GLENCOE — Maddie Osborne 1 3-4 6, Breia Little 0 0-0 0, Lainey Ward 0 0-0 0, Kalie Davis 0 0-0 0, Madison Will 0 2-2 2, Mykal Edwards 1 0-0 3, Kaileigh Billingsley 3 4-7 12, Karly Royal 1 2-3 5, Jessica Kathie 5 0-1 10, Skylar Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 11-17 38.

OXFORD — Anna Bolton 0-3 0-0 0, Makayla Kidd 1-4 0-0 2, Winter Taylor 2-11 6-10 11, Kayla Lowery 4-6 1-1 10, Tremeria Britt 4-13 2-5 10, Ebony Kelley 1-7 0-2 2, Alex Gomez 1-3 0-0 2, Jordan Smith 1-6 0-0 2, Alexus Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Grace Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-56 9-18 41.

Glencoe 15 5 7 7 4 — 38
Oxford 5 11 9 9 7 — 41

3-point goals: Glencoe 5 (Osborne, Edwards, Billingsley 2, Royal); Oxford 2-9 (Kidd 0-1, Taylor 1-6, Lowery 1-1, Britt 0-1). Total fouls: Glencoe 18, Oxford 17. Fouled out: Osborne, Smith.

Rockmart (Ga.) 49, Weaver 44

WEAVER (3-14) — Tayanna Perry 0 1-2 1, Ciara Hardy 0 0-0 0, Keara Scott 3 3-6 11, Caleigh Cortez 2 2-4 6, Rayne Beck 3 0-4 8, Mariah Thompson 7 6-11 21. Totals 15 12-23 44.

ROCKMART — Madison Davis 0 0-0 0, Tova Kleinschmidt 1 0-0 2, Zyria Overton 0 4-6 4, Ciara Delgado 5 0-0 11, Kalisha Printup 5 0-0 12, Kelsey Elrod 1 2-4 5, Kahayla Robinson 3 0-0 6, Melanie Argo 4 1-2 9. Totals 19 7-12 49.

Weaver 13 8 14 9 — 44
Rockmart 11 15 12 11 — 49

3-point goals: Weaver 5 (Scott 2, Beck 2, Thompson); Rockmart 4 (Delgado, Printup 2, Elrod). Total fouls: Weaver 16, Rockmart 18. Fouled out: Scott, Cortez.

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