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Alexandria boys, Jacksonville girls win in routs; also includes Anniston, wrestling

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

ALEXANDRIA — There is a tidal wave picking up steam in northern Calhoun County and it is coming in the form of the Alexandria Valley Cubs basketball team.

The Valley Cubs (14-2) won their ninth straight in a 73-44 rout of Jacksonville that earned them a sweep on the season series.

Eleven Cubs got in the scoring column with the baskets coming in waves. They had a 14-0 run in the opening quarter and a 22-0 spurt in the third as they continually beat the Golden Eagles down the court, dazzled with a variety of brilliant passes for easy layups and eight 3-pointers, and the Golden Eagles (7-10) could get not get anything going against the tenacious Cubs defense.

“I am really proud of our guys,” Valley Cubs head coach Jason Johnson said. ”Their intensity was great tonight and they played very hard on every possession. This is a veteran group that has been around and they understand how to play basketball. They are playing hard and if you play hard good things will happen.”

Dakota Kelley had 13 points and Tyrelle Gay 10 (with six rebounds and four assists) to lead the scoring. Luke Tucker had nine points and six rebounds.

”We are a very unselfish group,” Johnson said. “We got a lot of guys that can play and they get to play every night. A lot of times our stats are spread out all over the scorebook like tonight and that is OK. That is what we want”

The Golden Eagles got 19 points from leading scorer Cam Horton, including a spectacular tomahawk dunk on a fast break over the top of a couple Valley Cubs.

Anniston 75, Munford 30

MUNFORD — Tray Croft scored 25 points, while Davion Tippins and DeQuan Ross added 15 each as the Bulldogs (7-5) opened the new year with a rout of Munford.

Emmanuel James scored seven points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. Tippins also grabbed nine rebounds.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Jacksonville 71, Alexandria 33

ALEXANDRIA – Sierra Stone was 11 of 11 from the field and scored 23 points to get the Golden Eagles back on the winning track.

The 6-foot sophomore got all of those points off easy lay-ups underneath the basket while hauling in eight rebounds, five off the offensive glass.

For the first four minutes it appeared the Valley Cubs (4-10) might have upset ideas as Timberlynn Shurbutt nailed a long 3-pointer and Shelby Lowery added a basket for a 5-2 lead. They trailed only 7-6 midway through the first quarter.

However, a 25-0 Jacksonville eruption ended any possibility of an upset and extended the lead to 42-9 right before the half.

It was an impressive offensive show as Stone, guard Angel Kidd and Virginia Poe moved at ease through the Valley Cubs defense. They put on a passing clinic as Kidd had 16 points and Poe had eight.

“We attacked the basket tonight,” Jacksonville coach Ryan Chambless said. “I thought we played much better on offense tonight. In the (DAR) tournament we played in this week I thought we were a little stagnant and maybe it was because our legs were a little dead because of having to play three games in two days. So, I was glad to see it as we need to be a better offensive team.”

The Golden Eagles have 15 players and all got to play and contribute. It’s a lesson Chambless carried with him from days playing for Alexandria’s Larry Ginn.

“The high school coach where I played would substitute pretty regularly in order to keep the pressure on and keep people fresh,” he said. “I try to do those same things.”

It was nearly a flawless performance until the fourth quarter when the clock ran continuously to finish out the game.

“We did a much better job of handling the basketball and not having so many turnovers,” Chambless said. “We made better passes and took better shots. I was pretty pleased with our offense tonight.”

The Valley Cubs got 10 points from Shurbutt and nine from Kaitlyn Brown. Shurbutt delivered three 3s in the game. — Brant Locklier

Anniston 67, Munford 35

MUNFORD — Raven Cooley scored 20 points and Kiayana Bullock and Carsheuna Curry both posted a double-double as the Bulldogs bounced back from a lackluster win in their last game at the Ramsay Christmas Tournament.

Bullock had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. Curry had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Miajah Bullock added 15 points for the Bulldogs.

WRESTLING

Alexandria goes 1-3 at Hayden

HAYDEN – Fletcher Swindall and Lane Trapp both went 4-0 at the top of the lineup and had the best individual days for the Alexandria wrestling team in the Chris Nunn Duals at Hayden High School.

The Cubs went 1-3 as a team. They beat Hayden B 33-30, but fell to Oak Grove (36-30), Hayden (58-10) and Ashville (33-30). They wrestle Mortimer Jordan Saturday to complete pool play before moving to face their opposite number from the other pool.

BOYS BOX SCORES

Alexandria 73, Jacksonville 44

JACKSONVILLE (7-10) – Cam Horton 7-20 2-6 19, Sid Thurmond 3-13 0-0 7, Tristan Yates 2-4 0-0 6, Rivan Hill 2-6 0-0 4, Tae Ackles 1-4 0-0 2, K.J. Satcher 1-2 0-0 2, Zack Casey 1-1 0-0 2, Savon Parker 1-1 0-0 2, Aaron Bragg 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Jaskowski 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 18-51 4-9 44.

ALEXANDRIA (14-2) – Dakota Kelley 4-6 4-4 13, Tyrelle Gay 4-9 0-1 10, Luke Tucker 4-4 0-0 9, Nick Porter 3-6 2-3 8, Chance Williams 3-3 0-0 8, Caleb Young 2-4 3-4 7, Alton Davis 2-6 2-3 6, Riley Shaw 1-4 1-2 4, Austin Wells 1-2 1-2 4, Marcus Swink 1-3 0-0 2, Darrin Caver 1-2 0-0 2, Cole Nail 0-0 0-0 0, Ronnie Royals 0-1 0-0 0, Kevin Swink 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 26-50 13-20 73.

Jacksonville 8 16 6 14 — 44
Alexandria 21 19 27 6 — 73

3-point goals: Jacksonville 4-16 (Horton 3-9, Thurmond 1-5, Ackles 0-2); Alexandria 8-17 (Kelley 1-3, Gay 2-3, Tucker 1-1, Porter 0-2, Williams 2-2, Young 0-1, Shaw 1-3, Wells 1-2). Rebounds: Jacksonville 28 (Yates 8, Ackles 7); Alexandria 35 (Gay 6, Tucker 6, Davis 6). Total fouls: Jacksonville 19, Alexandria 15.


GIRLS BOX SCORES

Jacksonville 71, Alexandria 33

JACKSONVILLE (15-2) – Sierra Stone 11-11 1-2 23, Angel Kidd 6-11 2-2 16, Darrien Martin 4-10 0-1 8, Virginia Poe 2-6 4-4 8, Destiny Easley 3-10 0-0 7, Ataliya Morgan 2-5 0-0 5, Dasia Kirksey 2-6 0-0 4, Kelsey Ervin 0-1 0-0 0, Malieah Patterson 0-4 0-0 0, Quenteeria Mooney 0-3 0-0 0, Tatiyana Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Brandi Canady 0-0 0-0 0, Nicole Goodson 0-0 0-0 0, Aniyah Robinson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-70 7-9 71.

ALEXANDRIA (4-10) – Timberlynn Shurtbutt 3-8 1-2 10, Kaitlyn Brown 2-5 4-8 8, Connieya Bradford 2-3 3-3 7, Shelby Lowery 1-1 4-6 6, Molly Parker 1-2 0-1 2, Jaycee Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Bonds 0-1 0-0 0, Gracie Muncher 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Pressley 0-0 0-0 0, Tamera Prince 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-20 12-22 33.

Jacksonville 22 25 16 8 — 71
Alexandria 6 10 13 4 — 33

3-point goals: Jacksonville 4-17 (Kidd 2-2, Martin 0-3, Poe 0-4, Easley 1-2, Morgan 1-4, Mooney 0-2); Alexandria 3-5 (Shurbutt 3-5). Rebounds: Jacksonville 33 (Stone 8, Morgan 6); Alexandria 24 (Shurbutt 5, Bradford 5, Lowery 5). Total fouls: Jacksonville 17, Alexandria 7.

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