E.A. Sports Today

Weaver girls start back strong

Girls roundup: Bearcats blank Lincoln in first quarter; Anniston falls

By East Alabama Sports Today

WEAVER – The Weaver girls basketball team used the layoff after its county tournament loss to work on getting better and it was when it returned to the floor Monday.

Mariah Thompson scored 20 points and the Bearcats held Lincoln scoreless in the first quarter on the way to a 55-29 victory.

“We talked about regrouping,” Weaver coach Gary Atchley said. “We came back to practice and looked at the JCA (tournament) game and tried to fix things.

“Today we executed a lot of things we’ve been working on at practice. We’ve been really hammering on what I thought we didn’t do well the last 20 games – finishing at the bucket – and today we did. Will we the rest of the season? I don’t know. But we did today. We attacked them and when we took it to the hole we finished.”

The offense was created by their defense. Jumping out to a 13-0 lead was the third time this season they Bearcats held a team scoreless in a quarter, but it was the first time it happened outside of the fourth quarter when opponents typically have cleared their bench.

“We’re playing with a lot confidence; we’re excited about the rest of the season,” Atchley said. “My girls want to play basketball right now. They eat it up. They want to practice. They want to play. They want to listen and learn as much as they can.

“They know we’re young and they think we can be pretty good before they leave here. I just know our girls played hard and you can win with girls who play hard.”

Caleigh Cortez added 12 points for Weaver. Ikeida Lawson led Lincoln with 11 points.

Sylacauga 50, Anniston 39

SYLACAUGA – Maybe it was a post-championship hangover, but the Bulldogs struggled to find offense and lost to a team that beat them on a buzzer-beater earlier this season. Kiyana Bullock and County Tournament MVP Raven Cooley scored 12 points apiece for seventh-ranked Anniston (20-6), but it wasn’t enough to offset the 26 of No. 5 Sylacauga’s Tierra Dark.

Weaver 55, Lincoln 29

LINCOLN — Katelynn Harmon 0 0-2 0, Lymiah Cannoy 2 0-0 5, Ikeida Lawson 5 1-2 11, Hannah Carmichael 3 0-1 6, Taylor Conway 0 0-0 0, Halimah Bin-Yamin 0 1-2 1, Others 2 1-4 5. Totals 12 3-11 29

WEAVER (8-18) — Ciara Hardy 2 0-0 5, Keara Scott 1 0-0 2, Tayanna Perry 2 0-1 4, Rayne Beck 2 2-5 7, Emily Reed 1 0-0 2, Cameron Logan 1 0-0 3, Caleigh Cortez 5 2-3 12, Mariah Thompson 9 2-6 20. Totals 23 6-15 55.

Lincoln 0 7 11 11 — 29
Weaver 13 13 15 14 — 55

3-point goals: Lincoln 2 (Cannoy, Other); Weaver 3 (Hardy, Beck, Logan). Total fouls: Lincoln 9, Weaver 10. Fouled out: Carmichael. Officials: Baker, Warren, Robinson

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